Chrome Nails – DIY

Hi and welcome (back)!

A few weeks ago, I published a blog entry that was all about strengthening and fixing nails. This time I will introduce and explain some DIY techniques that will make your nails look like you spend some money at the nail salon.


Have you ever considered going to a nail salon to keep up with the latest trends? You might have seen some of the beautiful designs, nail artists have created, all over the Internet or maybe you do visit a nail salon regularly and spend lots of money there to keep your nails “on fleek“. Whether you are familiar with getting your nails done or not, you will find this very simple and affordable method quite useful because it will allow you to transform your own nails into Pinterest-picture-worthy pieces of art at home.

In this post, I will concentrate on different designs that are quite popular right now: chrome/mirror and rhinestone-pepped nails. By combining different hacks and techniques, I created various designs and would like to share it with you and explain how I achieved these looks step by step.

I. Chrome nails:


1. It is not a mandatory step, but I prefer to apply a base coat first to prevent my nails from changing its color or in case of a peel-off base coat, to make the polish come off easily without having to rub my nails aggressively with a pad that is soaked in nail polish remover.

2. Apply a nail polish of your choice and let it dry completely

3. The key to make the chrome powder stick to the surface of your nails is a GEL TOP COAT, BUT: you do not necessarily need one that only dries under a lamp. These ones are hard to remove and that is why I recommend you to use “Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Top Coat“. This product works like any other nail polish, but the chrome powders sticks on this one’s surface.

4. I bought a little box that includes chrome powder from eBay. They are also available on Amazon and various other websites. Let me just tell you that one can of silver colored powder is more than enough since the color of the powder is not as important as the color of your nail polish to achieve the desired finish. For example, use as coral-pinkish nail polish in step 2 if you want rosegold colored nails. Black polish will turn out as silver, yellow as gold and so one. I experimented with different colors until I was completely happy with the finish. You can use an eyeshadow applicator to rub the powder over the dry top coat.

5. Sealing the nail is the last and a very significant step since your powder will come off, if you skip this step. Some websites recommend you to use a special top coat, to be exact a water-based one. However, I tried some of  them and was a little bit disappointed. They are not very resistant and take ages to dry. Consequently, I realized that the best option for me is to stay with the Gel top coat I mentioned in the second step. That is it! You are finished!


II. Rhinestones:

This technique is self-explanatory. I use the Sally Hansen Top Coat to glue smaller stones on my nails and they definitely stay on the nail and do NOT come off easily. However, you will probably need nail glue to place and glue down bigger stones/objects on your nails.

If you are interested in other nail designs and want me to try them out or explain how you can DIY them, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and support. Have a nice day.


  1. tiffinandtea2015

    July 4, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Wow this is an awesome DIY project. I will be pointing my cousins to it!

  2. Yadira Castro

    July 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I used to be nervous about DIY projects but it is bloggers like you that make it possible for everyone to go for it with confidence thanks for sharing.

    1. fancy-diaries

      July 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad to hear that my work is not only helpful, but also encourages other people. After all, motivation is key and positive feedback really provides us with energy and is definitely our source of motivation ?

  3. Muideen bola

    July 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Nice post and your pictures are lovely

    1. fancy-diaries

      July 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you ! ?❤️

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