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How To Agate Nails

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

What is Agate?

Agate is a common rock formation which comes in a variety of colours. It is used as a semiprecious stone when it is of desirable quality and colour. The #agate deposits in concentric layers in the cavities of igneous rocks, forming their characteristic banding. Some of these cavities are lined with #crystals, they are known as #geodes. Agates can be commonly found as home decor and in jewellery nowadays.

Agate Nails

What You Will Need?

Gel polishes in colour of choice, a synthetic flat brush, gold foil/flakes, dotting tool, gel top coat and a UV/LED lamp.

What To Do

  • Firstly, prep your nails for gel polish (see here how).

  • Apply a gel base coat and cure as instructed.

  • Now apply one thin coat of a sparse fine silver glitter to give your nails a subtle sparkle. Cure for 60 seconds.

  • Now lay out your colours of choice for your agate on a piece of foil or plastic.

  • Using a flat synthetic brush, pick two colour on your brush, one on each half of the tip.

  • Now lay down the colours on your nails in an irregular ribbon pattern when you want the agate to start (see video tutorial).

  • Clean the brush and repeat till desired effect is achieved (see video).

  • Once happy with the layout of colours, let sit for 10-20 seconds to let the colours settle and blend. Cure for 60 seconds.

  • No using a fine dotting tool, pick some gold glitter polish and draw a line at the edge of the agate to give it a nice bold border.

  • Now using a dotting tool pick up tiny pieces of gold foil/flecks and place where the centre of the agate would be. Press firmly to flatten them and assure they've stuck properly.

  • Apply a layer or UV top coat and cure for 60 seconds. Wipe with ethanol if required (I used the no-wipe kind).

  • Rock your agate nails!

There you have it, a simple technique to get stunning Agate nails. Hope you give these a try. Check out the blog for more nail art inspiration and tips and hacks. Have fun painting your nails!


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