In today’s post, I decided to share my ‘Go Green’ day nails.
To create this design, I used flocking powder which is available from craft stores and online retail stores such as Amazon. You can also use ‘velvet effect’ powder designed for nail use, which can be purchased from most good beauty stores such as Boots or Superdrug. I purchased 4 different colours of flocking powder from Dunelm Mill for a reduced price of 99p. The pack included 2 shades of blue and 2 shades of green, other colours were available but, unfortunately Dunelm has now stopped selling craft items in their stores :(.
I decided to add a bit of glitter as an accent nail. I used ‘Fresh Frog of Bel Air’ from the OPI muppets collection, (special thanks to Zara for that! 😉 ) I really love this nail polish, It’s a clear jelly with silver and green sequins and some fine green glitter for an extra sparkle. This little gem was a perfect match to the green flocking powder, I feel that it adds to the textured effect.
So how do you use flocking/velvet powder? I shall reveal all…
Step 1– Apply a normal base coat in order to protect your natural nails
Step 2– Apply a base colour that is similar to the colour of the flocking/velvet powder that you are using. I used a No7 polish to do this. It doesn’t have to be an exact match but the flocking powder may become thin and some of the colour may be visible.
Step 3– Apply a second coat of the base colour one nail art a time. While the polish is still wet, use tweezers to drop powder onto the wet nail. It’s better to add too much powder than too little so apply a generous amount and collect the excess later. I would advise using a small tub or tray to catch the excess powder, this way, there is little waste.
Step 4– Gently press the flocking/velvet powder onto the nail, use a fan brush to remove an excess.
Step 5– Repeat the process for the remaining nails, DO NOT apply a topcoat. This will remove the texture and effect of the velvet nails.
Because a topcoat can’t be used, it is normal for some chipping to occur after a few days. I can usually wear these nails for around 5 days. I would recommend this design, it’s very quick and simple once you have everything you need.
You can purchase a variety of flocking powder colours from Born Pretty Store here and also check out some of the products on Ebay and Amazon.
Let me know if you try this yourself in the comments section 🙂