So before we go into an application step-by-step, I want to tell you about the mechanism of this new chrome pen trend.
For starters, when you turn the pen to uncap it, do take note that there is a bit of tension when uncapping the pen. So if you don’t do it slowly it can just sort of pop open causing you to have a little, but annoying amount of spill.
I’m not sure if the tension-feels come from a coil behind the sponge, or just as a result of squeezing the sponge into the cap. I think the latter.
And on the cap is where the pigment is stored. When I first received one of these pens as a gift from Zillabeu, I was embarrassingly confused because I thought maybe the pigment powder could be oozing through the sponge. Hey! I was thinking creatively ok!
So no, the powder does not ooze through the sponge, it is actually pressed into the cap. You then take the pen and tap it into the pressed powder inside the lid. Now mind you, each time you use your chrome pen it is stored pressed into the powder, so it will be ready to go for you, and in fact more often than not, you’ll have more powder on the sponge than you’ll actually need. If that is the case just find a lint-free surface to off-load the excess onto, before applying to the nail.
Now unto the “how-to’ of using the chrome pens on the nails.
Follow these 5 steps, especially when doing full coverage applications:
Step 1: The right chrome base gel is King!
First things first, chrome pens and powders for that matter will only work on a tack free glossy clear gel. Which is why oftentimes a non-wipe top gel is needed as the gel layer the chrome powder glides onto. Now, not all non-wipe top coats are created equal. You will have to test the optimal cure time of your non-wipe top gel. For example, if you undercure the top gel, your chrome pigment will glide on but may prematurely chip. If you over cure your top gel, often the chrome will not glide on to the top gel.
So for instance, you can use Kokoist’s Ultra Glossy Non-Wipe as a base for the chrome, but we’ve found that this top gel should only be cured for 10 secs, and so this may cause premature chipping. However, if this is your only option, do not worry the next steps include tips & tricks to make this process fool proof.
My best advice for ultimate chrome nail success is to actually invest in a separate dedicated chrome-use gel. Like Daily Charme’s Non-Wipe chrome gel, I’ve used this one for a few years now, by far the best for me as far as consistent results. I’ll link it for you in the description box below.
My other piece of advice is to no matter what non-wipe top gel you use, apply a nail primer on the tip of the nail, so that even if your gel does not adhere well to the chrome pigment, this primer will aid in bonding. When you use your bonder brush, tap-off some excess and do not brush downward, but rather upward, so that you don’t wipe off much of your pigment.
Step 2 So now that you’ve chosen your chrome base gel, cautiously open your chrome pen.
As mentioned previously, slowly twist the pen open, rub off any excess on a lint-free surface and begin applying.
Step 3 Apply your chrome powder.
Now yes, you can tap and apply but I find that the technique you really need for a successful chrome application is one of “burnishing”. Burnishing is the act of making shiny by friction. So initially, tap your chrome powder on to get a sufficient amount of powder unto the nail surface, especially if you’re doing a full cover, then burnish it. So rub the chrome pigment fast and with pressure to activate that high gloss by friction.
Step 4 Cure
Yes cure that chrome pigment for at least 10 secs. Any last bit of uncured gel particles will attract the chrome pigment.
Step 5 Dust off the excess.
Now while you may have done a great job about burnishing your chrome pigment on. There may be few loose particles. One of the big reasons why you’ll want to dust off with a very soft bristle brush is because you will murky your next layer of clear gel making the glossy effect you achieved by burnishing, to dwindle.
Step 6 Seal it w/ bonder.
Remember to brush upward not downward.
Step 7 Seal it with a base gel, a clear builder gel matching the flexibility of the natural nail ma work also.
So you will want to seal your application with a thin layer of a flexible base gel to provide your application with some impact absorbency with the day to day wear of life on the nails. If you just move straight into a top coat, especially a Non-Wipe one, then you will experience micro-shattering and thereby chipping.
Now, the full coverage chrome nail is work, if you’re still not finding success with it, or you just don’t want to go through all the trouble. No problem, partial and dainty chrome applications are currently SO IN, so have at it. You can very well take some of the same tips and tricks as above and have success!
Now I do want you to check out all of the colors I own from this Kokoist Chrome collection, and I also want to show you 2 really cool ways to swatch your chrome pens. Enjoy this swatching, you’ll be shocked to see that what you see is not actually what you get with these colors. They are so fun!
Was that not so fun!
Ok, so I’m all about swatching what you own. Whether that is a solid color, a glitter or a chrome pigment. So I’m going to be doing a little bit of glass tile swatching, and if you want a detailed step by step on how to swatch all of your colors do check out my previous video on this topic.
Well that is all that I’ve got for you on this topic of chrome pens, I have you enjoyed the step by step, and the swatching suggestions.
Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you next week.