| Pamela Rodgers
Magnetic polishes are all the rage, and for good reason! They allow those of us who aren’t great at nail art to feature a really cool manicure with only one special tool that is easy to use. If you are interested in magnetic polishes that feature multiple color shifting flakies, the STELLA CHROMA Constellation Trio is for you - Gemini, Orion, and Perseus!
So, what do you need for a magnetic mani? And how does this magnet work? We will tell you exactly what you need to know. Gemini is the polish used in this tutorial.
Base coat (like our So Base-ic)
Top Coat (get Fast Fingers)
Magnetic polish (Gemini, Orion, and Perseus)
Magnet (our favorite is our Neodymium bar magnet)
Optional: Creme base coat. Black is used in this tutorial. It allows for a more dramatic effect and lets you use fewer coats of your magnetic polish.
Step 1) Start with a coat of base coat and 1-2 coats of a creme polish if desired.
Step 2) Shake your bottle of magnetic polish well to disperse the magnetic flakies. Apply one thin coat to each nail.
Step 3) Shake your bottle of magnetic polish to disperse those particles well again. Apply a thin coat to 1 nail. Immediately grab your magnet and hold it close to the surface of the nail for 20-30 seconds. This allows the particles to move and start setting in place. Move to the next nail. Repeat until all nails are done. Of note, different ends of the magnet give a different look. One end will pull the particles into a single line, one end will usually create a double line.
Step 4) Apply a coat of quick dry top coat. Need one? We LOVE our Fast Fingers. While the topcoat is still wet, hold the magnet over the nail as you did for step 3 for 20-30 seconds. This will lock the design in place. Move on to the next nail.
Step 5) Wiggle those fingers in the light and admire your handy work. Get ready to tell everyone that you really did this yourself. :)
Thank you so much to Magda of Redhead Nails for the pictures she provided for this tutorial!