This time, 2 years ago exactly, cracked nail polish was the thing! I invested in 4 crackle colours, these being a black, a dark purple, a white and a turquoise. And as usual, I used the black one once, and never did again. I never quite promoted crackled polish in my salon either, because I didn’t really like it. But that all changed last Saturday, when I was flipping through a magazine, and saw a matte vs shiny crackle manicure. So today, I decided to remove my nude nails, which you can see here (and yes, they managed to stay on till after Easter Sunday!), and get a cracked mani. I also removed my cousin’s furry nails, which you can check out here, and gave her a cracked mani! The picture above, are the products I used. I really recommend using China Glaze crackling polish, they always give the best cracks, and effect. Other brands which I have tried at seminars, and other trials, don’t really give the same effect in my opinion. This is a pretty sort of crack if you know what I mean! So lets start off with the first one
Here I used a base Gold colour, the name kind of wore off so I can’t tell you what the name of this polish is, but it’s a China Glaze one, and basically any gold will do, or other colour for that matter. The crackling polish is China Glaze – Crushed Candy. The secret to beautiful cracks is simple. One coat of normal colour polish of your choice. Allow to completely dry. Then sparingly apply a very thin coat of crackle polish, and do not completely cover the nail. It is so important that you do not load your brush with paint, or else the cracks will be minimal and the underlying colour will hardly show.
Allow to dry, and use a top coat to seal your nail polish. Here I used Essence, Top Coat in Gel-Look. This is the result!
Now on to my manicure. I used Rimmel shade 625 Flying Higher, which is such a gorgeous shade of dark turquoise, with the Crushed Candy crackle polish over it, to create a subtle cracked effect, as the colours are so similar. Below you can see the Rimmel colour alone (excuse the dust around my cuticles, I got my infills done!)
And here is the final product, with the crackle coat over the base polish, below.
I am totally loving my nails! Very spring-y and colourful! Same hues work really well with crackled polish if you aren’t too sure about the mixed tones. It really produces a subtle, yet interesting and original manicure!
On another note, I thought I should point out that the MUA – Texturezed Nails product ‘Furry Nails‘, although beautiful, only lasts for a few days! So, although I really, really love it, it is something I would only use over the weekend, The fur sorts of starts disappearing after a while. But again, it is seriously worth it, as your nails will look totally amazing, so if like me ur a nail-0-holic, give it a try! You can check out the tutorial of how to achieve the best looking furry nails over here. I have even edited the post and left a similar note like this over there.
Hope you like my Cracked Nails Creations. Do you use Cracked polish? What combinations do you use? :)