So today I posted a picture of a polished Delorean on my Facebook page as a lead-in to a silver nail polish swatch and review I had scheduled for this afternoon. After posting that picture, however, I got the idea to try and truly reproduce that metal-mirror finish on my nails. So the silver nail polish review (shade to be revealed later) will be next Monday, instead of today.
Pretty quickly I thought that if I could find a skin-safe glue I could probably just glue some aluminum foil, shiny side up, to my nails and then carefully trim the edges to achieve the look. Well, about an hour later, here are the results! I used some craft glue (“Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue,” pictured, available at craft stores), plain old Reynolds Wrap, and a top coat of Seche Vite.
Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial:
- Remove any polish/oils you have on your fingernails with regular polish remover.
- Wash your hands to remove any residue from your polish remover.
- Apply a small amount of your tacky glue to one nail (I think the spray-type photo mounting glue might work too)
- Tear off a postage-stamp sized piece of aluminum foil and press it down onto the glue; hold for about a minute.
- Using a small rubber kitchen spatula, gently rub out the wrinkles, from the center of the nail out to the edges. Take your time with this step.
- Once the glue is dried (about 5 minutes) and the foil is smoothed out, using the corner of another fingernail, score the edges of the foil around your cuticle line, cutting the foil as neatly as you can. Tuck any leftovers under the cuticle skin.
- Much like a nail decal, pull the foil down, perpendicular to your nail bed, to cut the foil off the end of the nail. Tuck any leftovers under the tip of your nail.
- Repeat steps 1-7 on all nails, one at a time.
- Using a cotton pad with nail polish remover on it, gently wipe away excess glue from the skin surrounding your nails. You can also use this pad to clean any excess glue/finger oil from your foiled nailbeds. This should bump up the shine a bit.
- Apply some quick dry topcoat to lock down the edges and give some extra depth to the shine of the foil.
So there you have it. Now you can have Minx-like nails at home, for pennies. Pretty cool, huh?
I think my attempt came out pretty well, though I would have preferred if the foil was a bit less wrinkled. I’ll probably get better with it the more times I try it.
It was also quite easy to remove the foil afterwards. All you need to do is scrape the foil off with a fingernail…nothing drastic is required at all.
***Covering-My-Ass-DISCLAIMER: Stay away from any exposed electrical circuits with these nails, as you could possibly short something out, or maybe even shock yourself. Its not likely, but within the realm of possibility. As in all aspects of life, use your common sense.***