How to use pigment powders for manicure nail art

by Anastasia Julia
Chrome and pigment powders are a wonderful way to create unique designs and nail art for manicures and pedicures. Other nail products will not allow or create the desired look that a powder will. The use of powders in a manicure is a simple process but if done incorrectly will deteriorate quickly. 
Beautiful red chrome nail powder used in machine manicure
Note that using a base gel polish before applying powders will create a different look. In the pictured manicure on the left base gel polish was black and on the right it was red. You can see the difference in the finished product. Both hands have the same Red chrome powder but the color looks different.
For the best results start with your base color and follow the directions below:
Rub onto the dried top coat without a sticky layer.

Rub lightly, remove the pigment residue with a lint-free napkin.

On the second layer of the top, we advise to repeat above process, for a more saturated effect.

After - cover with another layer of top coat.

Step by step with tips

1. Perform normal manicure and add gel base coat.

2. Apply pigment directly to gel top coat non sticky layer

3. Rub on 1 nail at a time. Apply quickly to one nail at time once each is removed from lamp, "on hot top coat"

4. For best results apply it with fingers, or with a silicone brush.
5. Apply primer to the edge of the nail after applying last coat of nail powder.