Hey everyone! I’m back with another entry for the Whats Up Nails Nail Art Challenge.
The fifth prompt is chrome powder art. Something I have been itching to try forever is stamping with chrome powder. Turns out it is pretty easy and has beautiful results!
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- First, I painted all of my nails a hot orange creme (KL Polish Aries) and let them dry completely.
- To set up my stamper (Whats Up Nails Jumbo Clear Stamper), I applied an orangey bronze chrome powder (Whats Up Nails Suntan Powder) to the stamper head with my finger in circular motions. A lot of people use sponge-tip applicators, but I didn’t have any of those on hand. A finger worked great!
- To reduce clean up I applied a liquid latex (Edge Perfection Easy Peel Polish Barrier) around my cuticles.
- To transfer the chrome design, I used the Whats Up Nails B018 Field of Flowers Stamping plate and a black stamping polish. After applying the stamping polish to the plate, and scraping the excess, I picked up a daisy design with the stamper that has chrome powder on it and applied it immediately to the nail. Theoretically, the stamping polish itself won’t show, because the chrome powder will cover it, so it acts more like a background. Chrome powders can look different over different backgrounds, so you do want to think about what background shade you use. Black is usually the way to go.
- I finished off the mani by applying the Maniology Smudge-Free Water Based Top Coat. I would usually use another glossy top coat on top, but some top coats can do unpredictable things with chrome powders, so it is safest to stay with a water-based top coat only!
Stamping with chrome powders has opened up a whole new world for me! They are very expensive, but I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection!
Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!