Nail Art: Foil it up!

Nail Art: Foil it up!


Not since the 80s have foil nails been so popular.

Back then, they were more lacquered and thick unlike todays foils that are powdery thin, almost like blotting paper.

From Beyoncé with her high-voltage, metallic nails to Rihanna’s on-trend tips – bling nails continue to be a seriously big hit with the A-listers.

Plus, from designers like Preen to Mary Katrantzou; the red carpet and the runway have both been dazzled by this eye-catching nail art design.

Unique and multi-dimensional, available in a range of colours, patterns and metallic shades, foils have become an easy alternative to the precious, hand-drawn and sometimes impossibly intricate nail art that dominated the early 2000s.

The ease of use and element of surprise in the final effect is a sure reason why this trend is so popular.

Whether you press different colour foils over and around each other to look like camouflage or cut them into strips, then press on to create a stripe effect; depending on how you apply it, it can leave all sorts of abstract patterns.

The fun of foils is in the experimenting. There are no limits!

And what’s more, nail foils can be easily applied at home where even ordinary polish can be transformed into a work of (nail) art!



New to nail art? Try this technique and look like a pro! The beauty of nail foils is that it can never go wrong. Unlike some trickier techniques that may require a steady, precise hand and lots of practice, foils are all about having fun and the element of surprise. Here is how...


Prep nails ensuring they’re polish-free and file into shape. Apply one coat of mylee Base coat gel polish, then cure for 30 seconds. Then, get ready with your main mylee gel colour.

It can be ANY shade – your everyday nude, a classic red or something to co-ordinate or clash with your outfit – the choice is yours.

Apply the first coat then cure for 30 seconds and repeat with the second layer. Or, just wait to completely dry if using regular nail polish.


Once dry, wipe away the shine with mylee Prep & Shine Wipes. It’s essential to take this layer off so that the nail glue can adhere to your polish. Plus, it will better the overall, finished effect, too.

Nails should look matte and dry which means you’re all set to apply a layer of nail glue (specifically for foil wraps) and wait to dry.



The only tricky part of this technique is choosing which foil design to go for!

Easy to buy and affordable, a small amount goes a long way.

All you need to remember is, if you’re using foil sheets, cut to size first and place the silver side down to transfer the foil effect onto your nail.

Gently press on to the nail bed and carefully peel away; wherever the nail glue is, the foil will magically attach itself to.

Why not play around with only applying the glue to tips for a fun twist on a traditional French nail or just apply glue onto one finger nail, instead of all five?

Foils also come in flakes where there’s an endless array of colours to work with, too - from rose gold to sparkling sapphire. With flakes, you can create a cracked-mirror effect plus their iridescent shine means you can create magical unicorn or mermaid effect nails too – so go on, get creative!



Now set your foil nails by applying a mylee Top Coat Gel Polish (or regular one if using normal polish). Make sure you cap the free edge – this means sweeping the top coat brush along the edge of the nail tip to create a seal to avoid chips. Cure for 30 seconds resulting in bright, bling-tastic tips.

Finish off with mylee Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil massaged around the nail bed to rehydrate and add a further, final layer of super-shine.

Remember, the sky is the limit as long as you have the inclination and of course, the right tools. Be sure to give us a follow on social as well as we love hearing your thoughts and seeing your incredible creations, tag us with #myleemylook

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