How to Do Your Nails With Foil


Nail foils are an alternative to traditional polish that give your nails a glossy, mirror-like finish, and are available in various colors and designs. You can find them at your local drug and beauty supply stores. Choose a nail foil kit that comes complete with glue, and prepare your nails correctly to ensure the transfer foil art stays put.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cotton ball
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Clear or colored nail polish
  • Foil nail kit
  • Scissors
  • Nail polish top coat

Trim your nails to the desired length. File off any jagged edges with a coarse nail file. Dampen a cotton ball with non-acetone nail polish remover. Wipe down your nails to remove any filing dust or oils. Allow the nails to dry completely.

Cover your nails on both hands with one to two coats of clear nail polish, or a colored polish of your choosing. Allow the first coat to set for three to five minutes and apply a second coat, if desired. Allow the second coat to dry for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Apply a thin layer of adhesive to your nails. The adhesive will either be clear and turn an opaque or cream color, or it can be any number of colors and will turn clear when it's tacky and dry enough to hold the foil in place.

Hold a sheet of the foil over your nail and cut it to size with a small pair of scissors. Lower the foil onto your nail, making sure the patterned or glossy side is up, and gently rub it with your finger to secure it to the adhesive.

Quickly pull off the foil. The design or glossy finish is transferred from the foil onto your nails. Allow the design or finish to dry for two to three minutes. Repeat applying the adhesive, cutting the foil and pressing it onto the nails of your other hand.

Apply a thin layer of clear top coat to your nails. Brush the clear top coat from the base of your nail to the tip and allow it to set for seven to ten minutes.

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