We Indians have always loved our bling and the festive and wedding season are the perfect time for us to flaunt a bit of it – either in our clothes or jewelry or makeup – or even all three. So how about bling on the nails? Why should our pretty finger tips be left out? Why not bling them up with gorgeous Chrome nails? While chrome nails have been around since a couple of years in the West, they are only just making an appearance here in India. And just in time for the big, fat, Indian weddings. I couldn’t resist getting these done and so I headed to my favourite salon, Jean-Claude Biguine, to get them done.
So, what are chrome nails? Chrome nails is are basically those that give a mirror-like, liquid-metal finish to the nails. While they can be done on natural nails, the chrome polish is usually layered over a gel polish and then sealed with top coat to give the metal effect. My own nails were quite short, so I got extensions done before going ahead with the chrome.
Chrome nails look sooooo beautiful and so glitzy that no picture does justice to it. Each time that I stare and admire them (and those moments are plenty throughout the day) I whip out the phone and click pictures but those don’t even come close to the actual beauty of these glistening, gleaming chrome nails.
How these chrome nails are done is also quite a fascinating process – First a dark polish is applied to the nails. This is because the chrome effect doesn’t show up well on a light base. Once that is done, the chrome powder is applied onto each nail using a sponge-tipped applicator and then sealed under two layers of gel top coat.
Those of you who follow me on snapchat would have seen the process. I had asked one of the ladies in the salon to click pictures of the process (since my hands were obviously occupied) but all of those are blurry.
JCB has silver and gold chrome powders for the nails. I felt the gold was a bit too yellow while the silver, I felt, would not have looked nice on my skintone. I asked the nail technician if she could mix both the powders and when she did, I loved how it looked so that’s what I got for my nails. This mixture of silver and gold looks burnished gold in certain lights, gunmetal in others and bronze in yet other kind of lighting. And I love how it looks!
Even as I type this, I can’t help admiring my nails in the reflection of my laptop monitor – trust me, they look far more beautiful in real than they do in the pictures. But here are some more images of the chrome nails under different lighting…
Don’t you think they look like dazzling, molten gold on my fingertips? They are absolutely perfect if you have a wedding in the family since they would go with all your outfits. And even if there is no wedding, we don’t need an excuse to add some bling, do we?
What do you think about chrome nails? Have you got them done yet? What would you prefer – silver or gold chrome? Let me know in the comments.