Happy Sunday! I haven’t used nail foils for a long time cos I’ve always felt like they are hard to use. They don’t stick, they wrinkle, glue doesn’t dry, glue dries too fast and so on. I got this bottle of ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever a while ago and I finally decided to be brave enough to try foil again. I used it on parts of the nails and I think it ended up looking great. So today I’m going to share my experience with ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever with you.
This glue is perfect for nail art using foil, pigments and loose glitter. It dries sticky and small amount is enough to make the foil, pigment or loose glitter stick to it.
I decided to do a watercolor style nails So first I applied my usual base coats Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu!. Then I applied a coat of white creme, OPI Alpine Snow. One coat is enough and though the result might look a little uneven it doesn’t matter since you’ll be applying colors over it. I let the white base dry for a bit and then applied OPI Sheer Tints (I didn’t use the yellow one). I added a coat of HK Girl fast drying top coat and let the manicure fully dry.
After the manicure was completely dry I used a flat brush to apply a thin layer of glue to the parts of the nails where I wanted the foil to stick (I immediately cleaned the brush with a Cleaner that I use with gel nails). The thinner coat you can apply the better. You also have to let the glue dry really well in order for it to work. To speed up the drying process I used a hair dryer. Little bit of warm air made the glue dry in a matter of seconds really. I decided to use sheer Opal swirl foil. I gently pressed the foil on the dried glue and it attached perfectly. Then I sealed it in with a top coat and I was done. Very quick and easy.
This glue was so easy to use it got me excited about using foils more now. I also want to try it with pigments and loose glitter. I have used loose glitters by applying the glitter on wet polish but that method isn’t precise enough. With the glue you can just dip your nail into the glitter and brush off the excess. It’ll only stick to where you have applied the glue instead of messing up the whole nail.
You just have to remember that with this glue less is more. If you apply too much glue it might start moving even under the top coat since this dries sticky. Too much glue is also going to make the surface of the manicure look bumpy. So apply it very thinly and you’re all good.
For these nails I used HK Girl fast drying top coat but as some of you might know fast drying top coats can make the foils look wrinkled. With this opal look it doesn’t really matter but with more opaque foils it’s going to be obvious. I tested Glitter Gal Gloss Boss top coat on a plastic nail tip with foil and it seemed to cause very little damage to the foil so I’m definitely going to test that on my nails next time.