DIY Velvet Manicure

Hi all! Happy almost Friday! Today I have a mani that has been on my to-do list since this past Spring. Flocked or "fuzzy" sweater nails hit the nail blogosphere about a year ago and has since gained mainstream popularity due to the Ciate Velvet Manicure. Ciate's version has been all over the place. Personally I can't justify spending $25 on something that I can do for less than $5. The flocking powder needed for this technique can be found at craft stores and online. I got mine from Michael's for less than $2 each. I bought three colors from Recollections: Black, Pink and Blue-Green. I decided to use the black with an accent nail of pink for this mani.

 I started with a coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black and two coats of Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic on my ring finger. I then applied a layer of top coat. While still wet I applied the flocking powder, brushing the excess off with a fanned nail art brush. 

I am super happy with how this turned out and it was surprisingly quick and easy to do. I do however have a  few velvet nail tips and observations: 

1. Make sure that your base color matches the color of the flocking powder

2. If you have pets or live in a particularly "lint-filled" home your nails with pick up everything. I have two cats and their hair stuck to my nails like a magnet. 

3. It is best to do one nail at a time when applying the flocking powder. I made the mistake of doing all the fingers at the same time and had to go over them more than once to achieve an even look. 

4. You can get your nails wet. They flocking powder just "re-fluffs" once your hands dry. 

5. This is messy. Make sure you put something down to cover your workspace. I used foil and then just balled up the piece of foil with the excess flocking powder in the foil when I was done.

6. This is definitely a 24 hours only mani. I don't think it would survive any longer than that.