Chrome nails have been popping up everywhere — from the ‘gram to the red carpet — and we’re not mad at it. They’re the perfect accessory for any outfit and elevates your basic nail look. Typically, chrome nails are achieved using a special powder that creates the chrome effect by rubbing the product onto the nail. This is done in the salon (although there are a few at-home options) and can be pretty pricy. After scouring Pinterest for a budget-friendly alternative, we came across a hack that we thought was too good to be true. Using metallic shadows, you can achieve a super similar look with products you already have at home.
A black gel polish
Essie Gel Setter
A sponge tip applicator
Step 1: Apply the gel polish to the nail, and let it dry completely. We recommend black because it will help the shadow pop against the nail.
Step 2: Using your favorite metallic shadow, pat the powder onto the nail using a sponge tip applicator. Build this up to an opaque, full coverage look.
Step 3: Apply a clear top coat and allow to dry, making sure you don’t shift the shadow around.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.