What Exactly is a Graphite Manicure? Tips and Tutorials: A blog about graphite or metallic nail polish.
Today I am going to tell you all about the graphite manicure! This has been by far my favorite manicure that I have ever done, and I think it’s perfect for this time of year!
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What Exactly is a Graphite Manicure?
I have always been fascinated by all of the different nail fads that go in and out of style. I am a firm believer that your nails are an extension of your outfit and should be treated as such. When I first began my business I was very reluctant to dive into the world of colored nail polish because I believed it was the antithesis of what I wanted my company to be. Although I still believe that nail color is not the most professional way to wear your nails, if you are going to do it, you better get it right!
I believe that an elegant manicure should make a statement without being over the top or too trendy. This is why, when I decided to incorporate color into my services, I chose graphite nail polish. It is every bit as elegant and classy as wearing clear or nude polish but adds just enough interest to keep things interesting. Graphite polish has all the depth and richness of black but with a hint of shimmer that plays off your skin tone without overpowering it. If you are looking for a modern yet classic way to wear color on your nails then graphite is definitely for you!
Graphite Manicure is a new, trendy nail polish look that many women want to try. What exactly is it? Is it possible to achieve this at home or is it just for professionals? How long does the polish last? This blog post answers all of these questions and more!
I’m not sure when graphite manicures first hit the scene but I’ve noticed several celebrities wearing them recently. I think it might have been around April of last year when I saw my first graphite nails photo on Instagram – and then I started seeing more and more! They looked really cool so naturally I wanted in on this trend too.
When you hear “graphite”, what do you think of? Pencils – right?
Well, it’s the same idea here except instead of being used as a writing instrument; graphite (or metallic) nail polish is used to create an effect that looks like shiny metal flakes have been sprinkled over your nails.
The great thing about this look is how versatile it can be! You can use any color base coat with any topcoat of your choosing. It also doesn’t take much time to apply. All in all I’d say graphite manicures are a pretty easy way to spice up your nails!
It’s the little things that make us happy. And if we could get away with it, we’d paint our nails in graphite and wear nothing but sweatpants. But who would want to go out in the world like that?
Fear not, beauty junkies! You can now apply your favorite shade of gray (or silver or gold) polish to your nails and look put together for work. We call this a Graphite Manicure, because graphite is the first color we tried (and loved). If you prefer something a little more sparkly, you can use metallic nail polish. The end result is very similar.
In this post, you’ll find tips on:
– Getting a perfect application of graphite or metallic polish
– Adding pretty designs to your graphite manicure
– How to draw with nail polish (yes, you can!)
Before I get into the details, let me start off by saying that graphite manicures are awesome. From a distance they look like you have the most gorgeous silver nails and when you look closely, you’ll see that it’s actually charcoal! In my opinion, it’s one of the coolest manicure trends out there right now.
There are two ways to do a graphite manicure:
Using special graphite or metallic nail polish: You apply a regular base coat, then 2-3 coats of polish and finally a top coat. If you’re using a metallic polish, make sure to use a fast drying top coat because the metallic in it tends to smear more easily than regular colors.
Using regular nail polish and a separate graphite powder: You apply your base coat and then two coats of regular nail polish (I used OPI’s Alpine Snow). Then once it dries you brush on the powder with an eyeshadow applicator. It takes some time to get used to this technique (and some patience), so be prepared for that.
Either way, you end up with an awesome looking mani!
Graphite manicures (also called metallic manicures) are all the rage in the nail community. These are done by using a dark grey-black or silver nail polish and creating a graphite effect using foil. They look like metal nails and really add an edge to your typical manicure. So, how do you create these shiny metallic nails? Here are some tips:
1. Start by applying a base coat.
2. Paint your nails with a dark grey or black nail polish.
3. While the paint is still wet, apply small pieces of foil over the nails and press down gently to make sure they stick to the polish.
4. Remove the foil slowly (from one side to the other) while keeping it pressed to the nail so that it doesn’t stick to itself. You can use tweezers for this step to avoid getting polish on your fingers.
5. Apply a top coat – this will help smooth out any bumps you may find from the foil, and it will prevent chipping for longer periods of time!
6. Enjoy your trendy new nails!
Graphite manicures are the latest craze. They are also known as graphite nails or liquid metal nails. They’re very chic and sophisticated. The color is a deep, gun-metal gray that looks like liquid metal. It’s very shiny and sleek looking. Most people think it looks like smudged graphite.
The nail polish is actually gel polish, but it creates the effect of chrome nails, almost like having aluminum foil on your nails! It’s a one coat polish and it dries very quickly in an LED light in about 30 seconds. In a regular UV light, it’s about 2 minutes per coat.
One nice thing about graphite manicures is you can add more coats if you want to get a deeper shade of gray. This is difficult with regular chrome nail polish because the coats tend to get thicker and goopy looking.