Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ABC Challenge: F is for Foils!

It's Wednesday again, and that means it's time for another ABC Challenge post. This week we have "F" and I chose to do nail foils. Transfer foils are one of my favorite nail art options. They create such a gorgeous look, but aren't hard to do at all!

The best way to apply foils is to paint a matching base color first, so if the foil doesn't transfer perfectly you have something under it. My base color today is butter LONDON Come to Bed Red. Then I applied foil adhesive, and waited a few minutes. Finally, I cut the foil into little strips -- one for each nail. I apply them by pressing them down with a Q-Tip and then peeling off the foils. If you are interested in a tutorial, let me know!

This foil is from Dollar Nail Art and it's called Lava Tides. It's gorgeous! Red and shiny with holographic waves. I really love how this looks, and it is perfect for Valentine's Day! Trust me, this looks way prettier in person!



These are so shiny! And in real life, they don't look quite so fragmented at the ends. Here is a picture with flash to show off the lovely holographic waves! You can see it's almost blurry -- my camera couldn't handle these!


I have a little tip to share as well! I know it is hard to find topcoats that work with foils, because they often crinkle. I have found that NailTek I Maintenance works great as a foil topcoat! It is meant as a strengthener/maintenance product, but it did a good job at sealing my foil mani as well.

Have you ever tried transfer foils?

- Aly

P.S. Check out what the other participants did this week! 


22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Mani!!!

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  2. Gorgeous! You should totally do a tutorial, I would love to see it!

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  3. I agree with aly7 - tutorial. The foil gives the color so much depth...love it!

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  4. These look so good! Definitely interested in a tutorial. I tried nail foils one time and they peeled off really quickly.

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  5. I've been wanting to try nail foils for so long now! They look so great, Im gonna have to get some.

    Kelly
    xoxo

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  6. Oh wow thats so pretty! Now I want to try this out for myself too XD

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  7. I've never used foils but I love the look you got with them. Plus, red holo? How gorgeous is that?

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  8. I hadn't seen this before! I would love a tutorial because I didn't understand very well how you do this ;)

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  9. Wow, that's soooo cool. Have never heard of, much less tried, transfer foils. Guess they're like decals?



    Very pretty mani, Aly.


    Happy Valentine's Day, darlin'!


    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


    Lisa

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  10. I've never tried foil transfers! The effect is really cool!!! Amazing manicure!

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  11. These are gorgeous! I love the holo wave design. I always forget albout Dollar Nail Art. I'm going to have to go check it out!

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  12. Thanks, Aly! I will get to work on a tutorial! :)

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  13. Thanks, Sarah! I will definitely get going on a tutorial. They can be tricky at first, but are so pretty if you can get it right!

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  14. Thanks, Kelly! You definitely should :D

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  15. Thanks, Lariesa! You should! They are so fun to do.

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  16. Thanks, Lisa! They come in a long strip and you cut them into nail-sized pieces. Then you apply a base color and transfer adhesive. Then you press the foils onto the nail! It sounds complicated, but isn't.


    Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

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  17. Thanks, Jenni Lee! You definitely should -- they're gorgeous!

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  18. Thanks, Kimberly! You should definitely take a look at Dollar Nail Art -- I love the foils I got from them!

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  19. Looks great! I have tried foil once and it was a total disaster LOL I still have the kit so maybe I should go and give it another try :)

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  20. I've never tried foils, I love the way it looks, I'm just nervous about cutting them into the right shape for my nail - I'm super anal!!! These are gorgeous, have you ever tried doing nail art on these?!? Or cutting them into shapes and then applying them?!?

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  21. A tutorial would be great for this technique. Haven't had a chance to try foils yet, but yours look so lovely, I'll have to try it soon!

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