Hey guys, as you can tell from the title this is another nails of the day post. I got some more bits from sparkly nails as i really liked the studs i got from them and one of the new items i bought was some deep red flocking powder.
This creates whats known as a velvet manicure, it gives a crushed velvet look on the nails. I decided to just do my ring fingers in this as i personally prefer it as just a accent nail instead of on all my nails. I have previously tried using flocking powder, which went extremely wrong if you fancy a laugh here is the post. However this time round was a huge success, which is great as i do really like velvet nails when done right. This time round i didn't make the mistake of choosing a flocking colour and not having a polish that near enough matched it. I decided on the dark cherry flocking as i thought it would be a good match with my Barry M raspberry and it's a perfect match. The photo of the mani is under artificial lighting so unfortunately it's made the raspberry polish appear lighter than how it looks in reality, so don't be fooled they are a match made in heaven.
The process of doing it is a little annoying, as flocking powder natural clumps so you do have to sieve some of the powder first for best results, i just used i tiny little sieve doesn't matter which one you use but this is a very important part to getting this look spot on. I find it easiest and less wasteful to sieve it over a piece of paper, that way whatever you don't use it's easy to just fold the paper and gently sprinkle it back into the pot. Then paint all your nails with your chosen polish, like i say the closer it matches the flocking the better. Now you want to apply a layer of top coat, very fast drying ones can make this tricky i find applying a thick layer can help. Then quickly yet carefully (as you don't want to re clump it when picking it up) apply the flocking to your nail. Don't worry about being messy as it's only gonna stick where you've put the top coat, and lightly press down to secure it in place. Leave for a little bit (time depends mainly on your top coat and if it's fast drying) and then very lightly brush the excess off, i also tap the tip of my nail on the paper to also get rid of the excess.
Like i said i got this from Sparkly Nails (i have a link to them on the side of my blog) for just £2.99 for a 15ml pot. It might not look a lot but trust me with sieving it you really don't use a lot so it should last awhile, also they have it in lots of lovely colours. Obviously with this mani things like getting it wet and playing with it will affect how long it lasts for, so if you wanted this for a special occasion i would advise doing it on the day preferably after you've bathed. There you go one velvet mani, I'm thrilled with the results this time round and shall certainly be getting more colours, although i do love this cherry red as i think it's very festive. Are you a fan of this look? Thanks for reading, i hope you have a wonderful day and I'll see you all again soon :) x