If you are the type of woman who loves experimenting with different types of nail art, using a magnetic nail polish is a fun option to explore. Magnetic nail color includes tiny metal particles that activate when a small magnetic disc is held above the nail color without touching it. These discs are equipped with magnets that are arranged in different shapes, such as diagonal stripes or stars. Placing these magnetic discs above wet polish causes the metal particles in the magnetic polish to be pushed apart, thus creating the desired pattern on your nail.
The metal particles present in a magnetic polish are darker, which helps give your nails a textured look. In addition, the different patterns of the magnet creates a cool effect on your nails, making them look attractive and glamorous. Even when you don’t use a magnet to create a design, your nails will still look bright and shimmery.
How to Apply Magnetic Nail Polish
Step #1: Apply a base coat and allow it to dry completely. Applying a base coat not only helps in strengthening and protecting your nails, but also helps your nail polish last longer.
Step #2: Apply one solid layer of magnetic polish for the first coat and let it dry.
Step #3: Apply another thick coat of polish (a little more polish than you would normally apply) on your nail. Be careful! You don’t want the polish to pool or drip on your nails.
Step#4: Before it dries, immediately hold the magnetic disc over the nail. Hold it completely still for about 10 – 15 seconds.
Step #5: Continue the process of applying the nail color and exposing it to the magnet on all ten nails.
Step #6: Wait a few minutes until the magnetic design sets in completely before applying a top coat.
Step#7: Show off your amazing new nail art!
Tips for Applying Magnetic Nail Polish
Although creating a magnetic effect on your nails is not very difficult, it does require you to practice a few times with the nail color before you can achieve perfect results. Take a look at some of these simple tips to make applying magnetic nail polish a little easier.
· Apply a thick coat. Applying a thicker second coat of magnetic nail color will help your magnetic designs appear more prominently.
· Hold the magnet close. Placing the magnet as close as possible to the polish will help you achieve the best effect.
· Don’t rush with the magnet. Holding the magnet as long as possible over the drying polish will help you achieve the boldest results.
· Do not apply a third coat of magnetic polish after using the magnet. This can ruin your nail art completely.
· Experiment! Try experimenting with different kinds of magnets or move magnets in different directions to create unique magnetic nail art patterns.
Magnetic Nail Art Design Ideas
Using magnetic nail color is a great way to invent different nail art designs. Although most of these polishes are available with one or two magnet designs, you can always use your creativity to create different nail art designs. For instance, a half star- shaped magnet can be used on the tip or side of the nail instead of using the star designed magnet completely in the center. Similarly, a chevron magnet can be turned around to create vertical or horizontal stripes and create a new look on your nails.
Magnetic Nail Polish: FAQ
1. Can a regular magnet be used for magnetic polish?
Not if you want to achieve a crisp design. Magnets featured on the nail polish cover are embedded with different patterns. Using a regular magnet will not create a magnetic design, but only form an uneven blurry spot on your polish.
2. Can a magnetic polish magnet be used on a normal nail polish?
No. Normal nail polishes do not contain magnetic particles. So using a magnet on regular nail polish won’t have any effect.
3. Can one brand’s magnet be used with another brand’s magnetic nail color?
Yes. Since all magnets are specially designed to be used with a magnetic polish, these magnets work successfully with all brands of magnetic nail color.
4. Will applying a top coat spoil the magnetic design?
Before applying the top coat, it is important that you allow the design set in completely. However, it must noted that some brands of top coats (such as China Glaze Fast Forward) tend to disturb the magnetic design, while other brands (such as Nubar Diamont and Seche Vite) help keep you magnetic design safe. Choose your top coat carefully!
5. Can a normal nail polish be used as a base layer before applying magnetic polish?
Yes, applying normal nail color under a single coat of magnetic nail color will not affect the magnetic effect on your nails.
6. How can I keep the magnetic effect looking crisp and perfect for a longer period of time?
Although magnetic designs on the nails tend to blur over time, allowing your design to set and dry completely before applying a top coat can go a long way in helping your magnetic nail polish design last longer.
7. Is magnetic nail color difficult to remove when compared to a regular nail polish?
Magnetic nail color can be removed with a nail polish remover. However, since some magnetic colors do not dissolve easily, you may require some extra cotton balls to remove them completely when compared to one or two required to remove regular nail polish.
Magnetic nail polish is an up and coming nail polish trend that has been creating waves among women. This type of trendy nail color can not only help you create unique nail designs using your own creativity but also help you achieve a 3D look on your nails instantly. Using it is perhaps one of the best ways to give your nails a makeover and make them look classy, stylish, and glamorous in a successful manner.
If you want to experiment more, try out some other nail effects like gel nails or acrylic nails.