Chrome Manicures Are Here to Stay
Inspo for your next nail appointment, ahead.
Chrome nails have been popular for a while and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. For those who aren’t aware, chrome is a reflective powder or gel is used to top a solid or gradient base. Toronto-based nail artist Rebecca Ramsdale says that the difference between the dusted chrome manis that we typically see and the webbed chrome that has been flooding our feeds lies in opting for chrome-like gels in paint pods over traditional powder. "Clients are loving liquid chrome for many reasons," she tells Coveteur. "It’s super eye-catching and contrasts well with any base. It feels like a modern upgrade to glitter detailing and can be used in many different styles of sets from basic to over-the-top designs."
Both the feel and finish of powder and liquid chrome are different. "Liquid chrome is like painting with molten metal," Ramsdale explains. "It’s often used in both flowing line work as well as organic line work, and adds a modern feel to the set." But powder can still be used to achieve a similar finish and whichever method you choose, you’re sure to love the results. Below, we’ve rounded up the chrome manicures we'll be showing our nail techs at our next appointment.
Gold Chrome Nails
Dua Lipa rocked gold chrome nails on her fingertips. These golden tips were created by celebrity nail artist Kim Truong and it’s a classic twist on the modern trend.
Pink Chrome Nails
These light pink nails are ideal for anyone who wants to make a statement while maintaining a minimal aesthetic.
Chrome Heart Nails
Adorn your nails with chrome hearts to elevate a basic manicure. P.S. This chrome nail idea is also perfect for Valentine's Day.
Chrome Nails With Galactic Tips
No, you can never have too much shimmer. By topping off this sparkly, sheer purple polish with chrome strobes, Ramsdale created a mani that's literally out of this world.
Black Chrome Nails
As a mani maximalist, Lizzo is living proof that black is the perfect base for a chrome topper that will pop. To create this look, her go-to nail tech Eri Ishizu outlined the nail with a silver-tone chrome.
Textured Chrome Nails
Opting out of the traditional outlined look, this mani adds texture and dimension to this multicolored mani with silver chrome overlays.
Chrome Nails With Silver Flames
Ramsdale topped off this orange-to-pink gradient mani with chrome flames to bring the heat.
Chrome Nails With Gold Accents
To play with the contrast between cool and warm tones, webbed, gold overlay was added to this manicure to complement a blue ombré base.
This story was originally published on May 19, 2022.
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