Monday, 20 May 2013

Tutorial: Blue velvet nails

What you will need:

Nail Polish remover
Cotton Wool
Ciate Velvet Manicure set

In the set you get a nail varnish, crushed velvet powder and a small brush. 

Begin by removing any nail polish and excess oil from your nail beds with the nail polish remover.

Apply a single coat of the Ciate nail polish to your nails and leave to dry.

Once dry, apply a second coat to your nails, working a nail at a time. 

On the wet nail, generously sprinkle on the crushed velvet powder. Quick Tip - Put a piece of paper beneath your hand to collect excess powder, making it easier to clean up afterwards and reducing the waste product. 

Once the thick layer of the velvet powder is applied...

...brush off the excess powder. You will be left with slightly furry blue hands after this - nothing a good rinse under the tap wont fix. 

Repeat this process on all of your nails, and then leave to dry for 10 - 15 minutes. The finish that this product achieves means that there is no need for a top coat! 

Final look! 


Ciaté Velvet Manicure 

To create a luxurious velvet effect with a matte finish. 

I was left with soft, velvety nails in a beautiful rich navy blue that was very luxurious. However, this luxury was short lived as the polish easily became dirty, white marks forming easily making the final effect hazy and much unlike the photograph on the box's front. 

The velvet effect was achieved - although on my nail-bitten hands didn't look particularly amazing (I'm sure a long nailed, well manicured hand would do this product a world of wonders). 

The effect didn't last long, plus the varnish was easy to flake off.
If you are impatient, the application process of this look is lengthy and with the 10-15 minute drying time, this product requires perhaps a little too much of your valuable time.

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