It's no secret that a woman’s hands can tell a lot about her age. That is why they need careful, and most importantly - regular, care. In this case, it is important not only to lubricate the skin of the hands with nourishing and moisturizing creams, but also to systematically do manicures. Recently, mica for nails has become increasingly popular. How to use this new product, you will learn from today's article.
Bright and sparkling manicure with mica with a characteristic volumetric effect instantly attracts the attention of others. Those who first saw this design are sure that specific materials and knowledge of a complex technique are necessary for its implementation. But in fact, you can repeat this at home.
Mica for nails is a small thin plate differing in color and shape with a holographic effect. To date, two main varieties of this material are produced:
- Loose mica, resembling relatively dense pieces of foil. It is often used for building and in aquarium design. To avoid the appearance of roughness, a thick gel layer is applied to the surface of the material.
- Liquid mica for nails with a softer structure. It evenly rests on the nail plate, so it is often used to work with gel polish. Due to the fact that such mica can be easily leveled with a brush, it is optimally suited for creating designs on short nails.
Common mica application technique
In this matter, an important role is given to the primary processing of nails. Before applying mica, you must go through several mandatory steps, including grinding the plate, applying a primer and base.
Initially, the base is covered with a thin layer of colored gel polish, which is dried in a lamp for two minutes. Captured by an orange stick, the mica for the nails is evenly distributed on the surface of the nail. Depending on the chosen design, thin plates can densely cover the base or neatly placed at a considerable distance from each other. It is important to ensure that the material does not extend onto the side rollers.
After that, the nail is covered with cling film. If necessary, pieces can be gently spread with your finger. A finger wrapped in a film is placed in a lamp and dried for about thirty seconds. After drying in a special lamp, you need to make sure that all pieces of mica lay evenly. Then the nail is stained with a finish varnish and polymerizes within two minutes.
In the end, you should carefully inspect the base and, if necessary, treat it with a nail file. For greater reliability, you can walk through the nail plate with a buff. As a result, you should have an absolutely smooth surface.
The second way to apply mica for nails
The varnish of the selected shade is applied to the base and dried in a lamp. Gel polish can also be used for these purposes. Slices of mica, captured with a flat brush, are superimposed on the sticky layer, they are well leveled, evenly distributed over the surface of the nail and dried for twenty seconds. A top coat is applied on top and the manicure is ready.
As a rule, such mica for nails does not need additional buffing, since it evenly lays down and does not leave tubercles and other irregularities on the plate. Usually, masters are limited to one finishing layer, but for greater reliability, a second can be applied.
Guidelines for creating specific design elements
First you need to paint the base in the selected color, dry it thoroughly and remove the sticky layer. Then you can start creating patterns with gel polish. It can be geometric shapes, stripes or flowers with wide petals. Patterns are dried without removing the sticky layer. Then they apply mica for the nails and carefully blend it with a brush. Pieces will be fixed only where there are sticky areas.
After removing excess material, the base is overlapped with a top and decorated with fancy patterns. You can brush off the rest of the mica with a dry brush. At the end of the procedure, the finished design is covered with a second layer of the top.