I don't wanna keep you hanging, so here's the secret to my snake skin nails from last week's sum up. I'm not sure why I feel this way, but I think some of you are gonna be disappointed when you find out it's gel related. Yep, you're gonna need gel nail polish to achieve this effect.
I came across this snake skin manicure while browsing Ebay for nail polish. Good news though: you only need one coloured gel nail polish and the so called snake skin assistant gel. I got both of them on Ebay for 4.99 USD each. You also need an UV lamp to cure the gel afterwards. This is the gel I used:
How to do a snake skin manicure:
* Apply your basic color gel nail polish and cure it under UV light. Repeat this step if necessary.
* Apply your chosen color gel nail polish.
* Dip dotting tool into the snake skin gel assistant product and start making 'dots' on your nails - the snake skin pattern will occur.
* Dry under UV light.
I did my manicure a bit differently though. I used a regular polish as a base (Wet n Wild White Creme). After it dried I applied a black gel nail polish over it and started dotting the assistant product on my nails. Once I was satisfied with the pattern, I dried my nails under UV light. Simple as that.
Here are a couple of examples of the snake skin pattern in different colors. They look so nice, don't they?
I tried the snake skin assistant product with the regular nail polish and it worked. You have to work fast, so the polish doesn't dry before you're done with dotting. I was happy to see the pattern form, but I was also confused - will it dry normally, do I have to cure it under UV light? At the end I was most happy I didn't cause an explosion by mixing all these chemicals together. Do not try this at home!
Although I think snake skin gel nails look awesome, I think it's too much work... I don't mind polishing my nails, but I hate removing the gel polish. I had to buff the gel part off my nails with a file and then soak off the rest of the stuff. Not to happy about that. I might try it again, but not anytime soon.
What do you think about this kind of snake skin manicure?
Thanks for looking and commenting!