How To Do Foil Manicures The Easy Way – A Pictorial

Hi there! Today’s post is about how to do foil manis. It’s super easy! See it for yourself!

1 Paint your nails. Any normal polish and colour will do. Avoid quick-dry formulas.

2 Wait for your nails to dry. Once the polish is dry to the touch but still tacky (you need to be able to leave a fingerprint), it’s the perfect base for a scattered foil mani.

3 Press a piece of foil onto your nail. Try to “rub on” the foil gently. Then rip it off – like a plaster. Don’t try to pull off the foil gently as it will take the polish with it. If this happens, don’t panic. Just reapply the polish, wait for it to dry, and try again.

4 Repeat as needed / wanted. 🙂 Use different colours if you want… the possibilities are endless!

5 Once you feel your nail is all foiled up (yeah, I just made that up), your work is almost done. Don’t worry about fingerprints, they’re part of the process. 🙂

6 Apply 1 coat of normal clear polish or top coat as this will make your nails look and feel 100% smooth (bye-bye fingerprints) and glossy within seconds. Avoid quick-dry formulas as they will shrink the foils (which isn’t a good look at all). You can achieve 2 finishes – see the tips and tricks section below!

Now your work is literally done! How easy is this?! I’ve done foil nails for many years. Back then all I had was polish and foils, but none of the “tools” they say you need. But guess what, I didn’t need any of the tools, and it took me 5 minutes to figure out how to do foil manis using polish and foils only. And you can do it too!

On to the tips and tricks!

With this simple method you can achieve 2 finishes – the scattered foil mani (pics 1 and 3 above) and a more “galaxy” kind of foil mani (pic 2 above). For the first look, just apply your top coat as you normally would. For the second look, apply your top coat in a slow, dragging motion, so that the nail polish brush will drag the foil particles all over your nails. 🙂

Again, don’t use any quick dry formulas. You can’t work with quick-dry base colours because the foils need to stick to a tacky surface, and you can’t use quick-dry top coats because they will literally distort the foils underneath.

Don’t buy too many foils. I know that, when you start to use foils, it’s tempting to buy way more foils than you need. Don’t. Just don’t. Start with a set of 30 strips of 10cmx4cm foils with different colours and designs, and start to practise with whatever foil you think is the ugliest. That way you won’t feel too bad about wasting product if things don’t work out 100% the first time. 🙂

If you’re not sure what and where to buy, I would recommend this particular set of foils for £1.99. This set is cheap, but it will give you a number of different foils to play with. I’ve bought a lot (!) of stuff from this ebay seller over several years – foils, decals, glitter, buttons, etc, and I’ve always been 100% happy.

There’s one more thing. Don’t ever throw away any leftover foil. I promise you that you will make the most beautiful manis or accent nails using leftover foils. In the pic below you see a piece of a large 20cmx20cm piece of foil. I used this exact “leftover” piece to make a number of awesome manis, such as this one and next Wednesday’s foil mani (you have to patient).

So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to try nail foils, let me know. I’d love to see your creations. Keep in mind, all you need is a starter kit consisting of at least 1 clear drugstore polish (which can work as a base too if you only want colourful foils accents) and a couple of cheap foils. Again, what are you waiting for?! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Weekly Recap 24 – 30 September 2018

Hi there! Happy Sunday. The week is pretty much over, and it’s time for my weekly blog recap. If you’ve missed a post that you might have liked, here’s what I’ve been up to on my blog this week.

Monday 24 Sep – Nail Of The Day
Tuesday 25 Sep – Retinol-X Anti-Aging Sheet Mask

Monday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Tuesday I reviewed a sheet mask. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 26 Sep – Radox Scent Touch Feel Lively & Feel Free

I wrote about 2 of Radox’s Scent Touch shower gels on Wednesday. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 27 Sep – Manhattan Matte Lip Cream

Thursday’s post was about a lip product. Click here to read the post.

Friday 28 Sep – September Beauty Awards

And on Friday I told you which products I love the most this month. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week – and this month. Enjoy the day! And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel Salon Pro 391 Celebrity Bash & Foils

Hi there! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. 🙂 I have another Nail Of The Day post for you today.

For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel Salon Pro 391 Celebrity Bash ( 2 easy coats).

I like this polish! Great colour, great quality. But it’s no surprise because the Salon Pro collection is one of Rimmel’s best collections in terms of quality and colour.

Moving on… I wanted to do a foil mani, so I waited until the 2nd coat of polish had almost dried. Then I applied the foils (random leftover colours).

Once I was happy with the look of the mani, I sealed it with 1 coat of clear polish. I really liked this mani. I was happy with the random colours, and I loved how different all the nails looked.

What colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment? Have you tried nail foils? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 10 – 16 September 2018

Hi there! Happy Sunday! Welcome to my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog this week.

Monday 10 Sep – Sukin Super Greens Facial Recovery Serum

On Monday I reviewed a face serum. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 11 Sep – Nail Of The Day
Wednesday 12 Sep – Creightons Pink Grapefruit Mattifying Face Mask

Tuesday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
On Wednesday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

Thursday 13 Sep – Gliss Supreme Length Shampoo & Conditioner

Thursday’s post was about Gliss’ Supreme Length hair products. Click here to read the post.

Friday 14 Sep – Haul!

Friday’s post was about the beauty products I bought over the past few weeks – there’s stamping stuff, hair care, skin care and make-up. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. I hope you enjoy the day. Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Rimmel 60 Seconds 625 Sir Yes Sir! & Foils

Hi there! I’ve got a Nail Of The Day post for you today. For this mani I painted my nails with Rimmel 60 Seconds 625 Sir Yes Sir! (1 coat). I love this dusty purple colour!

Then I applied large chunks of rainbow foil. Initially I wanted a more subtle look, but I couldn’t stop myself, and so I ended up with a very colourful mani.

I liked how this mani turned out. It was very eye-catching, and I got a few compliments from random strangers.

Have you done foil nails before? If yes, how did you like them? If not, why not? What colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment? Feel free to comment. And thanks for stopping by!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Nail Of The Day – Ciaté Dangerous Affair & Foils

Hi there! Here’s another mani post. 🙂

For this mani I painted my nails with Ciaté Dangerous Affair (4 coats). This is another low quality polish from Ciaté. I don’t know why I keep buying the Ciaté Mini Mani Month Calendars…

If you like the dark red colour, try Rimmel Salon Pro 391 Celebrity Bash, or Essence Colour Boost 09 Instant Passion which is opaque in 1 coat!

Back to this mani… Even after 4 coats Ciaté’s Dangerous Affair looked pretty ugly (you really need a top coat with this polish), so I decided to beautify the mani with the help of golf foil. Tadaaa! Mani saved! 🙂

Do you like foil manis? Which colour nail polish are you wearing at the moment? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Weekly Recap 21 – 27 May 2018

Hi there! And welcome to my weekly blog recap. Read on if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to on my blog this week. 🙂

Monday 21 May – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Eye Cream

On Monday I reviewed an eye cream. Click here to read the post.

Tuesday 22 May – Imperial Leather Japanese Spa, Thai Fusion
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Tuesday’s post was about 2 Imperial Leather bath creams. Click here to read the post.

Wednesday 23 May – Nail Of The Day
Thursday 24 May – Superdrug Detoxifying Dead Sea Mineral Mask

Wednesday’s post was a Nail Of The Day post. Click here to read it.
And on Thursday I reviewed a face mask. Click here to read the post.

Friday 25 May – Major Skin Care Haul!

Firday’s post was about all the products I bought since mid-April. Click here to read the post.

This is it for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde