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How To Apply Flakie Toppers: 2 Ways!

Written by Victoria McMillin

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Posted on March 28 2022

Hey Beauties!

We're back this week with a fun tutorial on applying our flakie toppers! In this tutorial you'll need:

  • A creme nail polish (we're using 'High Voltage')
  • A clear base flakie or glitter topper (we're using 'Fireworks')
  • Your favorite base coat
  • Your favorite top coat
  • A disposable make up sponge or two (I like these, this is not an affiliate link.)
  • A clean up brush and acetone or a liquid latex nail polish barrier

First things first, let's get our base color down. On clean nails, we've applied our base coat. After that has completely dried, we applied 2 coats of 'High Voltage'. Once dry, we applied our top coat.

BLUSH Lacquers High Voltage Manicure

Now, this is a fine mani and looks great! However, we want to add a little pizazz. Start off by cutting your make up sponge in half, to about the width of your nail:

BLUSH Lacquers How To Apply Flakie Toppers Cut Make Up Sponge In Half

If you have a liquid latex nail polish barrier, this is the time to apply it! Apply it to all fingers that you plan on sponging the flakie topper onto. In this tutorial, we'll just be sponging the topper onto the ring finger. Once you've done that, paint the flakie topper onto the make up sponge. This works best with clear base flakie or glitter toppers. The make up sponge will soak up all of the clear nail polish base and leave you with only flakies to apply to your nail. We've chosen to use 'Fireworks'.

BLUSH Lacquers How To Apply Flakie Toppers Apply Topper To Sponge

Next comes the fun part! Sponge that topper onto your nail(s)! Depending on how dense you want the flakies, you may need to sponge on a couple of coats to get your desired effect.

BLUSH Lacquers How To Apply Flakie Toppers Apply Sponge To Nail

As you can see, I did not have a liquid latex nail polish barrier for this tutorial, so I cleaned up the edges with a clean up brush and acetone. Don't forget to add a top coat over your sponged on flakie topper nail(s)!

BLUSH Lacquers High Voltage And Fireworks Clean Up

And Voilà! By sponging on the flakie topper, you get a more dense and dazzling effect. It really concentrates the multichrome effect of this topper. I love to wear toppers like this as an accent nail!

BLUSH Lacquers High Voltage And Fireworks Sponge On Accent Nail

But wait, there's more! I couldn't stop there! So, how does it look if you just apply the flakie topper with the brush and not with a sponge? On the rest of my nails I brushed on 1 coat of 'Fireworks'.

BLUSH Lacquers High Voltage And Fireworks Brushed On Topper

What do you think? Do you prefer to wear toppers brushed on or sponged on?

BLUSH Lacquers High Voltage And Fireworks Brushed On Topper

Read more of our 'How To' series:
How To Create Jelly Sandwich Nails
How To Create Easy Jelly Horizontal Gradient Nails
How To Create Easy Jelly Rainbow Vertical Gradient Nails
How To Apply 'Matterial Girl' Matte Top Coat In An Icy Winter Mani!

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