foil on gel polish

How to apply foil on gel polish: step-by-step instructions with a description, technique

Today, a beautiful and high-quality manicure can be to every girl. Even if there is no money or time to visit a professional master, materials for work are freely available in specialized stores, and it remains only to get used to them. You can make a bright and unusual design by gluing foil on the gel polish. How to apply this material, depending on its variety? In what styles can it be used? The answers to these questions are given in the article.

The choice of foil

In order for the manicure to turn out exactly as conceived, the foil should buy a special – for nail design. It is easy to work with, in addition, the choice of its colors and shapes is very rich.

Ordinary household foil is denser, because it is designed for other purposes, so it is more difficult to work with it and the choice of design will be limited. So, before you use foil for nail design, it is necessary to decide on the option of the future manicure. From the choice of style and the further appearance of the nail depends on what kind of material it is better to choose for work.


Shiny manicure can be done with foil polishes and crumbs, but such materials have nothing to do directly with foil, so will not be considered. According to the method of application, the material we need for the design is tear-off and non-tear-off. It is often called a transferable or non-transferable. To understand the advantages of each type, it is necessary to describe them separately.

Translation foil

To make a beautiful manicure with foil on gel polish in this case is the easiest and most convenient, which is why this kind of material is used in the work most often. In addition, the advantage is a huge choice of colors and patterns. Such foil can be sold in rolls, packed in small jars, or in the form of small notebooks, packed in polyethylene.

The material allows you to cover the entire nail plate with color, only part of it, or create any patterns. The peculiarity of application is that the foil is transferred only on the specially prepared areas of the nail, and the remaining material remains on the protective film until the next use. It is very easy to control the coverage area, the main thing is to put the material on the matte side of the nail.

Non-transfer foil

Before you can apply a tear-off foil to gel nail polish, you will need to cut the necessary pattern out of it. Tear-off foil is sold in potassium. It can be torn off in a chaotic manner and create a mosaic pattern on the nail. To cover the entire nail plate with this material, you will need to cut off the excess foil or, at the end of the manicure, saw them all over.

Sold in the form of gauze sheets or already small pieces in jars.

Materials for work

If you yourself apply gel polish at home, all the necessary materials for work are sure to be found and will already be familiar. The list looks like this:

  • lamp for drying the nail polish, LED or UV;
  • orange sticks;
  • buff (file to create a rough surface on the nail);
  • degreased;
  • primer;
  • base coat;
  • The gel polish of the desired color;
  • The final coating – top;
  • foil;
  • cotton swabs;
  • lint-free wipes.

In addition to all of the above, before work, nails need to be prepared – shape, clean, file and remove cuticles.

Working with transfer material

Before you apply the foil on the gel polish, you need to do a few standard procedures for such a manicure, because the shiny tape is applied only on the colored coating. So:

The prepared nail is lightly buffed to remove the natural shine.

A degreased is applied to the nail.

After the drying of the latter, the plate is treated with a primer. In the absence of this material, this step can be skipped, but it should be remembered that the quality of the preparation of the nail depends on the duration of the manicure in the future.

Now the base coat is applied. Depending on its consistency, the manufacturer and the quality of the lamp will depend on the drying time of the base. It can be a period of 30-240 seconds, but usually enough 1-2 minutes.

A thin layer of the desired color is applied to the dry base. If the shade is too pale, it is necessary to apply a second coat, pre-drying the first one. Applying a large amount of varnish at once will lead to “flooding” the nail and the manicure will be ruined.

The last coat of color for better adhesion to the foil, you can not finish drying a little.

Now the foil is placed on the entire nail plate, gently spread out with an orange stick on the edge and pressed to the nail over the entire surface with a cotton swab.

When the material is well spread and pressed over the entire surface, the protective film should be removed with a sharp movement. If gaps remain on the nail, the procedure should be repeated in a certain place.

A topcoat is applied to the transferred foil and dried. For better consolidation, the time under the lamp can be increased by 2-3 times or several layers of finishing coat, pre-drying each.

At the end of the work, the degreased removes the sticky layer and the manicure is ready.

It is important to remember that this version of the work is easier to perform, but to achieve a perfectly smooth coating of foil will be difficult.

foil on gel polish

Another option

There is another technique, how to apply foil on the gel polish and make the coating smoother. For this, you will also need a transfer material, only the way it is applied changes. Preparation of the nail is carried out in the same way up to the application of color. Each of its layers is dried completely, and then the finishing coat is applied. The foil is glued on the “wet” top, spread out and sent under the lamp. Only after drying, the protective film is removed, and the transfer coating remains on the nail. It should be secured with a top and dry well, and then remove the tackiness.

Partial coating

To design with foil on gel polish was performed in the form of a specific pattern or French manicure, it is necessary to clearly define the boundaries of the coating. To do this, the technology of preparing the nail remains the same until the application of colored polish. After it has dried, the nail should be treated with a buff to prevent the foil from sticking to the rough surface. The desired pattern on the nail is drawn with a colored coating with a brush and dried a little. After that, the foil can be pressed to the entire surface of the nail, it will transfer only to the drawn pattern. The protective film is removed and the top of the gel polish with foil is covered with a top, dried and degreased.

If after careful pressing the pattern is not imprinted on the nail, perhaps the lacquer does not give the necessary tackiness and the drawing should be applied with a base coat.

Working with a non-tear-off foil

Since such material before applying it to the nail must be pre-cut to shape, in addition to the above materials and tools, you will need to prepare manicure scissors and tweezers. How to apply foil on the gel polish in this case? The technology changes slightly:

From the foil in advance, you need to cut out the desired shapes.

After that, treat the nails with a buff, apply a degreased and other base coatings.

Apply several layers of colored nail polish and dry them one by one.

Apply a top coat on the nail and place the foil on the wet nail with tweezers.

Prepared nails should be dried under a lamp and secured with a layer of finishing coat.