How to: Nails & Foils

OMG! It has been over a month since my last post! I feel SO embarrassed! Here’s the story: my PC literally died. Died as in “it doesn’t work/turn on anymore”. “RIP”. “Garbage”. I did not have any other source to come and edit posts, because the mobile version for WP to blog is very limited, so I had to wait until I could buy a new CPU. Last weekend happened and now I have no limits to post and here I am again, this time with a mini guide to show you how to use nail foil.

This item (foil) in particular gives that “unicorn shine” (if that makes any sense) or shattered glass effect to your nails. But in my case they look the way they do in the pics because of the type of camera I use (my Samsung Galaxy S5), and since it is not a camera intended to capture detail as a real camera, the effect is not shown the way is supposed to look. But I promise you, in person you won’t stop looking at your nails, neither people!

Anyways! Lets get started with the pictorial, shall we?

You will need the materials like these in the pic below:


Clockwise from top left:

  • Fast dry Top Coat (mine is HK Girl BY Glisten & Glow).
  • The base color of your choice. It can be a dark or a light nail polish. I used Cosmo with a Twist by OPI (I also used a light base called Cupcake Icing by Milani).
  • Glue intended to stick nail foil. I bought mine from Bundle Monster.
  • Nail foil (of course!) in the color of your choice. I chose a multicolored one from Born Pretty Store.



The steps:

  • Start by painting your nails with your base color. Apply as many coats needed to get it opaque, allowing them to dry in between each application.
  • Choose a spot on your nail foil you like and cut small pieces of it that are big enough to cover each of your nails completely.
  • Once your nails are completely dry, apply foil glue.It will dry invisible as seen on the left in the picture below:


  • Wait until the glue is completely dry.
  • Take a piece of foil and place it over your nail with the pattern or color facing you, which means the back of the foil should be towards your nail. Press gently all over your nail and remove in a single, fast motion.
  • Apply glossy, fast dry top coat.

And that’s it! Unicorn nails galore!

Here’s how my nails looked using a dark base (Cosmo with a Twist by OPI):


As I said at the beginning, they look matte because of my camera that doesn’t take details very well and worse in gloomy days, like the day I took the pic. But the mixing of colors still looks good, don’t they?

And now this is how they look on my pink base (Cupcake Icing by Milani) and using some metallic studs:


Some tips to work with nail foil:

  • If you want all of your nails covered with foil, make sure you cover all the surface of them with the foil glue and to cover them completely with the pieces of foil. If your nails are naturally curvy, follow the shape of the curves with the tips of your fingers gently to make sure you don’t miss any spot.
  • Do not make hard strokes when applying top coat. This prevents the foil from getting ruined. Apply your top coat with thick drops of it, if possible, making the brush to barely touch the surface of your nails.
  • If you think you have “ruined” the foil after applying top coat, just add some chunky glitters, kinda like making a patch to your design (as you can see on my middle nail in the picture above).

What do you guys thing of this type of nail art? Would you try it? Have you tried it already? How much did you love it? PLEASE COMMENT and let me know your thoughts, ’cause it’s been a while I haven’t talked to you and I LOVE when you leave your experiences with me.

~ Minimanimom



  1. Gorgeous!! I can hardly paint my nails let alone do all this decoration lol but it looks sooo good 🙂
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    • Thank you! You should give it a try one day when you feel like doing something different to your nails, it is the easiest of easy! If I did it, anyone can and I guarantee you will love what you did to your nails 🙂

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