Playing with Nail Foils

Hi folks! So, there’s a reason that I called this blog ‘the polished magpie’. In folklore, magpies are well known for liking shiny things, often stealing them away to hoard in their nests (recent research has found that actually, magpies are scared of shiny objects, but I choose to ignore this!). I’m a magpie at heart, squirrelling away shinies that I pick up on my travels. My nail art stash has loads of foils, studs, embellishments, glitters etc, that I rarely ever use but can’t resist buying because, oooh shiny!

I’m trying to reign in the spending lately, which means shopping my stash and actually using some of the stuff I’ve accumulated. I figured nail foils was a good place to start playing! I’d bought a pack of 10 different foils ages ago, can’t remember where from but probably somewhere like Born Pretty. This is the one I picked to play with:

Multicolour nail foil
Multicolour nail foil

There’s actually two different photo sets below: the first I did a while ago, on my longer square nails, then because I liked the look so much, I recreated it again recently to wear on holiday.

Nail Foils over Sally Hansen Night Watch
Nail Foils over Sally Hansen Night Watch

What I Used:

  • Sally Hansen Night Watch (navy blue crelly)
  • Nail Foil
  • Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat

This has to be some of the easiest nail art ever! I painted two coats of Night Watch (I prefer dark blues/purples/reds to black, they are more forgiving to my pasty white skin tone) then when it was *almost* dry, pressed the foil on top of each nail. Enough stuck to give a fantastic splash of colour. I then topcoated, and good to go!

Nail Foils over Sally Hansen Night Watch macro
Nail Foils over Sally Hansen Night Watch macro

I’ve read that topcoat can cause foils to wrinkle and spoil the appearance. I did notice some wrinkling on mine, though the worst affected parts were the darkest bits so it didn’t show up too much anyway. And because I did random splodges, I don’t think the wrinkling was a problem.

Here’s the recreation on shorter nails:

multicolour foil nail art
multicolour foil nail art

Same foil, different base polish (Ciate Rain Check, which is more purple than blue). I still love this look!

multicolour foil nail art
multicolour foil nail art
multicolour foil nail art macro
multicolour foil nail art macro

I’m tempted to try foils with dry brushing next, or over stamping maybe. Endless possibilities!

Have you got things hidden away in your stash that should come out to play?

Until next time,

Love,

Jo x

One thought on “Playing with Nail Foils

  1. Foils are awesome! And I love your photos! I never manage to capture my foil manis that well.

    This rainbow/lava lamp foil is my favourite because it always looks great.

    But… I think my best foil manis are the ones I did with leftover foils, like this one:
    https://mrsstrawberryblonde.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/nail-of-the-day-rimmel-lasting-finish-pro-430-black-satin-foils/

    And that one:
    https://mrsstrawberryblonde.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/nail-of-the-day-rimmel-i-%e2%99%a5-lasting-finish-080-black-cab-foils/

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