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Magnetic Art. The Next Big Nail Thing?
Thu, 5 April 2012 12:20PM
I sometimes feel that I was a nail artist in a former life. While most women pay to get their regular manis, I get extreme satisfaction from doing my own. And anyone else’s. In fact, I’ve already told the staff at PRIMPED HQ that the next time someone needs her nails done, I’ll do it for free. Heck, I’ll even throw in a buff and polish.
Ahem, I’m getting off track. My point is, I truly love nail polish and design. That’s not to say I’m one to attempt Rihanna’s ombré-effect pointed talons from yesterday’s Battleship premiere in Berlin.
In saying that, I appreciate the art and the undeniable attention to detail. But as we head into the cooler weather months, my desire to bust out the brights and glitter begins to diminish. I find myself, like Kat, reaching for my winter woollies and sticking to softer trans-seasonal shades – I can already hear the dove grey calling my name.
But every now and then my fingertips itch for something a little more inspired, or I see some crazy runway nail look and think how amazing it would be to try to translate it to real life. Or better still, I love a product does the nail-artifying job for you. Like the Layla Cosmetics Magneffect Nail Polish Range, $19.95, which is hitting Price Attack counters. Available in 24 shades including shimmering colours and gold-glitter infused metallics, it’s nail art with a twist – a magnetic one.
In a nutshell, Magneffect nail polish contains specially formulated magnetic particles that, when exposed to another magnetic field, cause the iron ingredients to attract, and form a strong, distinctive, wavy pattern. How you make this happen: slick on the Magneffect and, while it’s still wet, hover the lid – which doubles as a magnet – over the freshly-painted nails.
Here’s a step-by-step:
1. Keep your nails clean and bare, sans top or base coat.
2. Apply 2-3 swipes of your desired colour thickly over the nail, ensuring that you are distributing polish evenly.
3. Quickly tip your applicator brush upside down, and place the lid just above the nail, exposing the magnetic strip to your polish in the direction you want the pattern to appear, i.e. horizontally, diagonally or vertically.
4. Hold in place for 5 – 10 seconds and voilà! You can actually watch the swirly pattern form over your nail.
Quick tip: If you aren’t having any luck, try applying a thicker coat of polish, being careful that you have adequately covered the nail. Take the time to check that you have evenly spread the polish over the surface, because if it begins to get gloopy, the nail art does too, leaving a glitch in the pattern.
Here’s the finishing product – I channelled my inner Beyoncé and painted every finger with a different colour.
From left: Gun Metal, Arctic Blue, Mojito Green, Ruby Red and Starry Night.
And here’s the entire line-up of nail shades.
So Primpettes, let’s talk . . . are you into nail art, or doing your own manicure at home?
And would you try the Magneffect?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett