How To Agate Nails
Updated: Nov 4, 2020
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.
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!