Nails are big news lately – the hottest fashion item to come off the catwalks in a long time. What is great about it is that updating your look is so easy – all you need is the latest colour and the best nail polish from tlc or the latest effect and you are ready to go. Changing up the look is as simple as removing the previous coat and applying a new one. The great news is that special effects are now coming in a bottle of nail polish – try speckled or crackled or even magnetic to really jazz up your manicure. If you are not quite that handy with the nail polish or are a beginner, the crackled look is a great place to start experimenting – it is easy to do and small flaws are pretty much unnoticeable.
The trick is in the application and in finding the right set of contrasting colours to really make your nails pop. Start off, as always by cleaning off your nails and buffing them up. (Do this once a week and your nails will soon be strong and healthy.) Apply a clear base over this and leave it to dry. (This should only be about ten minutes or so.)
Once that is dry, you can apply your chosen colour – this is the plain polish, not the one with the crackle effect. Try as far as possible to get it on evenly but do not stress too much if it has a smudge or two – the crackle will help disguise that. Apply this layer in thin coats, building up to the desired colour slowly, allowing each coat to dry in the meantime. It is best to choose a colour that contrasts well with the colour of the crackle so that the effect is really obvious.
Now you are ready for the fun part – apply the crackle – the thinner the coat that you use, the smaller the cracks will be. It may take a bit of trial and error to get this right – you can really only apply one layer of the crackle paint or the effect is ruined. The fun part is watching the varnish crack as it dries – it goes on smooth and only cracks when drying. Leave for around a quarter on an hour before checking how dry it is.
All that is left is to apply a clear base coat and to remove any smudges and you are ready to go.