I recently posted a photo of my simple holographic nail look on my Instagram and I was glad to see how much everyone loved them! I haven’t posted a nail tutorial in a very long time so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do one again. I am all about easy, inexpensive, nail designs and these DIY holographic nails are just that!
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There is a great, inexpensive chrome nail kit that you can find in the drugstore by Sally Hansen (a lot of people use the terms chrome and holographic interchangeably, by the way). It is the Salon Chrome Kit and it comes in different finishes, like mermaid and rose gold! I have the holographic finish, which I believe is no longer available, but there are other similar powders that you can hunt down on the Internet.
The kit comes with a special effect top coat which is very important. Any base coat, polish, or top coat can be used but the special effect top coat shouldn’t be switched out! I used the Orly Nail Defense base coat, OPI Alpine Snow, and Essie Good To Go top coat.
If you would like to learn more about my nail prep and care routine, check out my article where I talk all about my favorite nail care products!
Start with a base coat and one coat of whatever color you would like to use. This coat doesn’t have to be perfect since you’ll be covering it up but it does have to be even! Any lumps or bumps will show through the holographic effect.
Pay close attention to the polish as it dries. This is the most important part! You’ll want to wait until the polish is not too tacky and not too dry. I like to lightly touch the nail and if it leaves a slight fingerprint without smudging, then it’s time!
Lightly dip your finger into the powder and begin to swipe it onto the nails. You only need a little bit.
Rub in the powder until you have covered up all of the polish underneath and when you have achieved that holographic look. You’ll see it transform!
I like to go in with a powder applicator to really smooth it all out.
After this, I like to go in and clean up the nail with a brush and acetone.
Next, apply a thin coat of the special effect top coat. Be sure to let this dry completely or else the holographic design will get cloudy.
Finish it off with the top coat of your choice and enjoy!
There are so many things you can do with this kind of effect. You can keep it simple and apply the powder to all of your nails, create a statement look (like mine below), or get even more creative with different designs!
If you’re looking for something a little more quirky and challenging, then you can try doing your DIY holographic nails in a whole bunch of different ways. I decided to create this 90s inspired look while incorporating some holo effects!
Achieving this look wasn’t too hard. I painted a few pieces of tape with the colors you see on the triangles. On one piece, I applied the chrome powder on top of the same white OPI polish from before. Once the pieces were dry, I cut out little triangles and stuck them right onto the nail. I added a few black dots in between and that was it!
You can see the holo effect a little better in this shot below. This was a really fun design to do and different from my normal nail design M.O.
DIY holographic nails can really step up your nail game! I hope you try this tutorial out and attempt some designs that may be a bit outside of your comfort zone. That’s the beauty of nail art – if it doesn’t come out good, you can just wipe it away and try again!
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