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CHROME NAILS: Hotness for 2016 Manicures & Pedicures

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CHROME NAILS: A New & Shiny Queen of Art Trend

Following the end of the fashion season, it is not only costume, hair and makeup up trends that are updated. The nail trends used during the show also receive attention. Chrome nails, also known as mirror nails, have captured the attention of beauty gurus the world over - the chic look created in a number of stunning shiny colors. With mirror nails being a big hit this summer, available June 25th, 2016, people will likely look for the easiest ways to emulate the trend without going through too much trouble.

What are Chrome nails?

Creating chrome nails takes the process of a traditional gel manicure one step further with a special powder that transforms into a smooth, blindingly shiny coat. An ordinary nail becomes transformed into a seriously shiny and mirrored nail. So much so that the end result makes the nail look like a mirror. Some have used glittery and metallic nail varnishes to get the reflective look, instead of the widely used glittering pigment. Others have used different colors including lilac or dark grey to get the mirrored effect. While mirror nails can never really replace the need for a mirror, it does have the modern sheen that clients will want to wear for weeks.

This coolest nail polish trend is happening right now. If clients are not already obsessed with chrome nails, you're about to be. Sure, super metallic and foiled-finish nail polishes have always been pretty drool-worthy. But this takes that mirrored, high-shine finish to the next level. Of course, achieving a chromed-out manicure is not as simple or as quick as a typical, metallic mani. There are quite a few steps, and a lot of curing that needs to happen for chrome nails to look their best.

Chrome nails trend origination

There's nail polish, there's metallic nail polish, and then there's the chrome manicure. The heavy metal effect has been a constant trending topic across every nail-obsessed social media account, and for good reason. As InStyle Executive Editor Amy Synnott noted on her Today Show appearance, the mirror-like mani seemed to take off following the Met Gala, where Gigi Hadid wore a $2,000 set of chrome stiletto talons - a set of real chrome nails matched to Malik's robot arms. Even in Hadid's one Instagram post about the event, the nails are hidden. Many users have noted that the effect starts to chip within a few days.

Traditionally, metallic nails have been of the shimmery variety (meaning you can see individual specks of glimmer rather than smooth, full-on mirror-like finish). And in the rare case that they were shiny and reflective in that truly satisfying way, it was because nail stickers had been involved — never polish. But no longer: 2016 shall heretofore be known as the year we, as a society, finally achieved chrome nail success. With the simple but luxurious, chrome nails are being the favorite ultra trend. There are many colors for making a choice.

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The Amazon listing says that the chrome effect will only last up to 2 hours without the UV top coat…And if you don't apply the base coat, it won't have a mirror effect. Clients have to be careful if they don’t want beautifully shiny chrome nails for just a few minutes. read more...
While chrome nails could totally still achieve the look at home with the right tools, if clients don't have all of the ingredients, aren't much of a DIY-er, or just don't want to have to clean up a bunch of sparkly powder, clients are probably better off finding a nail tech who can chrome up their nails. However, if you want to give it a go yourself, you'll need the base color of your choice, a gel top coat, a nail lamp, loose chrome powder, and a sponge-tip applicator. It's not actually a polish. The look can also be achieved using glittery and metallic nail polish. read more...

Frequently asked questions:

QWhat's different about using this powder to create the effect, rather than foil stickers or a metallic polish?
ANothing else looks as chrome-like or lasts as long. In my opinion, foil is just an added thing for nail art and it has a different texture.
QWhat has the response from your clients who've tried out the chrome nails been like?
AAll of my clients are obsessed with them. Everyone who has tried it has gotten it a second or third time, with a different color each time. It also looks great on toes.
QIs this type of powder something people will be able to do at home, or do you think it'll stay limited to in-salon treatments?
AI think for people who already do their gel nails at home it's easy for them to try this technique, especially because they'll only have to add a few items to their collection of products.
QAnything else we should know?
AI think everyone should try at least one chrome nail, even if they're afraid of nail art. They'll be surprised by how much they love it, even if they're used to only wearing a simple solid color.
QWhy do you think this trend is taking off right now?
AI first discovered it through Instagram. I think most people discovered it that way or through Facebook or YouTube. These types of powders have been around for a long time, but it's just become trendy and the new techniques are specific to gel.

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