I have been uninspired on how to pain my nails for some time, then I remembered I saw magnetic nail polish at Rite Aid a few months ago. My friend from work had painted her nails with it, and I always had been interested but never bought it…until last night. It’s by Sally Hansen, check it out here. I always wondered how it worked so I asked my friend (and read Sally Hansen’s website), inside this polish are tiny particles that are magnetic, each polish bottle comes with a magnet on top specially designed to create a wavy pattern with the metallic pieces when held over the wet polish. I didn’t try a regular magnet, but I do not think it would work the same.
Unfortunately, my design did not come out as vibrant as what was pictured on the store display. Perhaps I should have had more patience and held the magnet in place for longer, but oh well. Different designs of waves can be created by holding the magnet at different angles over nails when polish is wet, it just takes a little creativity. And just a heads up, this nail polish is only reactive to the magnet when wet, so work quickly!
What you will need:
- Base coat
- Magnetic nail polish
- Magnet provided with polish
- Top coat
Apply base coat and allow to dry. Place magnetic nail polish bottle between palms and move back and forth to mix up bottle. (I once read shaking nail polish bottles adds air bubbles to polish…I’m not so sure, but I shake my bottles this way now). Paint on first coat of magnetic nail polish and allow to fully dry.
Once nail is evenly covered, hold magnet over nail for at the very least 10 seconds. The magnet provided with the polish has a small bump to use as a rest on the nail cuticle. This was pretty helpful, but be careful to hold the magnet close to each nail without actually touching the wet polish. I did this with about 6 nails and it is not as easy of a fix as plain polish because it messes up the pattern. Repeat this process with all nails and allow to dry. Then apply top coat.
I did all my nails with a simple design because I was just learning. Different designs can be created by holding the magnet on different sides of each nail and at different angles. For example, my thumb nail has a design that goes in a different direction. (It may be a little hard to see)