Each girl wants to be irresistible, and sometimes in order to show herself to the world, a couple of catchy drawings or beautiful iridescent particles on the nails are enough. Such a manicure looks very stylish and expensive, but in fact it is not difficult: the main material is mica, and it is very easy to work with it.
What it is?
First of all, mica is a mineral. It is often found in nature and has a pleasant iridescent pearl look, glistens and has a very pleasant texture. She found application in jewelry and in cosmetics. Most often, mica is used for manicure, but this is not the same natural material, but artificial, but completely repeating the properties of a natural fellow.
Most often, artificial mica is available in liquid or dry form - the first option is more popular, the liquid texture is easier to use, well distributed and most common. Liquid mica is an almost non-embossing small sparkling powder in a varnish form, so the manicure with it comes out smooth and perfectly even. It can be used on both short and long nails, as well as at home - it is easy to work with liquid mica. Dry mica, on the other hand, looks like very small, shiny, dense plates that look like foil or shavings. It is easy to confuse it with a holographic rubbing. There is a plain crumbly mica, with combined colors or plates of different sizes and shapes - the choice is truly huge, and it is sold in every major cosmetic store. It is this type that is most often used for building or the so-called design "Aquarium".
Also separately mentioned is the chameleon mica. It can be either liquid or dry, and represents particles of similar shades that shimmer in the sun - for example, red and orange or pink and purple. They refract under the sun and create the effect of a color change.
Thanks to mica, you can create a 3D effect on the nails. She can create a truly embossed pattern with a flat smooth finish. Various patterns under a transparent top look very interesting, especially in combination with rhinestones, beads and drawings. In general, the manicure options with this miracle of the cosmetic industry are amazing. It will be equally interesting to look like a jacket with iridescent tips, patterns and mica patterns, combinations of several different colors on the nails.
You can also find varnishes with mica - its particles are already intervened in the varnish, so all that remains is to cover them with nails.
With dry mica, you can create a real holography on the nails - particles of different sizes differently refract in the light and sparkle differently. Liquid mica from a distance is more likely to resemble a familiar glitter. And if necessary, dry mica can be chopped with manicure scissors yourself. And the price of mica is really amazing - it costs quite a budget, and if you use not gel polish, but ordinary, you can also save on materials.
How to use?
The work of dry and liquid mica, of course, is quite different from each other. However, there is one constant - in any case, nails need to be prepared step by step. File them, remove or tidy the cuticle, use a peeling or a salt bath, and at the end, thoroughly moisten them, then degrease them. Next, apply one coat of gel polish and dry thoroughly. After - the second layer, but do not let it dry completely and do not remove the sticky layer, because it is on it that the mica should be fixed. With an orange stick or toothpick, begin to transfer the mica plates to the nail. Act carefully, quickly, but not hastily - the particles should not touch the side rollers and cuticles.
Now it's the turn of the cling film. Carefully pack your finger in it, while at the same time gently pressing the mica to the nail with the patting movements of the fingertips. Place your finger under the gel lamp for twenty to thirty seconds. The final step is to apply a layer of fixative. Make sure that the mica lies tightly under it, does not fall off - the nail should be perfectly smooth, without roughness. Pollen can form - shake it off, apply another fixative and now you can remove the sticky layer.
Also, crumbly mica is also used for building.
The beginning of work is no different from the usual extension - you need to form a nail with acrylic or gel in special forms located under the free edge of a natural nail. After applying colored varnish and gently with an orange stick or a toothpick, you can distribute mica slices on a still-not-dried coating with dots. Next, dry the nails in the lamp and cover with the top - if necessary, twice. Unlike dry mica, the liquid is spread with a flat brush or the one that comes with it in the package. You must also dry the first layer of varnish without removing the sticky layer, carefully distribute the powder on it - it easily fits - and dry in the lamp for about twenty seconds. In the case of liquid mica, the application of the second layer of the top is optional - the nail plate is aligned and so on.
Of special mention is a design called "Aquarium"because mica became popular precisely because of it. This technique allows you to apply volumetric patterns or compositions from various materials (mica, glitter, sequins, powder, dry flowers) on your nails and hide them behind a" glass "top - a tool that creates three-dimensional effect. When viewed, it seems that the images are hidden behind glass, placed in an aquarium with water. "Aquarium"also differs not only in beauty, but also in strength and durability - the" glass "top lasts about eight weeks and reliably seals the drawing, which allows you to safely engage in any active business. It is suitable for any length and shape of the nail, you can make and with it - on long nails it is more simple and pleasant to draw.
Mica is ideal for this technique, because it is an iridescent plate or sand, the luster of which only intensifies under a glass coating. It also completely smooths out all the bumps that may appear in the case of a dry type of product and, as it were, fills all the flaws and micro-cracks of the varnish itself. As a rule, such a manicure looks very difficult - it seems as if the drawing was made with special paints or in several layers - but the whole point is in the glass top.
Geometry on the nails
Large-sized dry mica is ideal for creating geometric patterns. It can be cut into different pieces and create the effects of cracked glass or shards. The main principle of geometric manicure is to use various shapes - triangles, squares or rectangles, which are easy to cut from dry mica. In this case, you need a varnish base - it will look great black or any other dark shade, a set for gel polish and light large dry mica. You must think up a pattern in advance, cut the mica into the necessary pieces and gently stick it later on the still sticky layer of varnish, cover with cling film and wait.
The varnish base can be matte, which will create even greater contrast, and also you can not use mica on all fingers.
French manicure is an unshakable classic. This is the manicure when the tip of the nail is covered with a darker varnish than its base. But no one bothers to slightly change this design - for example, paint the plate with roses or other flowers, and make the tip sparkling. To do this, you will need a familiar set - gel polish, gel lamp, stencils for French manicure and mica directly - it can be either liquid or dry. In the case of nail extensions, there are also forms and material. The principle of operation is not much different from covering the entire nail with mica - it’s up to the stencils. First of all, prepare your nails as usual - file, trim, sort out the cuticle and degrease.
Apply a layer of gel polish to the entire base of the nail - the varnish does not have to be strictly white or transparent, as in the classic version, experiment with contrasting colors. Let it dry, do not remove the sticky layer. Now use a stencil - for a jacket it is a strip of rounded shape that you need to attach to the nail, forming the tip. And it is on the tip that you now need to apply mica - use a brush in the case of liquid and an orange stick or dots for dry. Do not be afraid to go on the stencil - it is still removed, but you should not touch the plate below it. Gently separate the stencil, pack the nail in a cling film (with dry mica) and send it to dry under a lamp. Do this manipulation with each nail, and voila - the refined sparkling jacket is ready!
In the next video, a master class on performing manicure with mica.