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Nail Transfer Foil : The Basics

So, you're probably here because you find nail foil art pretty amazing? And we agree with you! Now you want to recreate the gold foil nails you saw on social media but don't know how to use nail foil transfer on gel nails? 

Don't worry. We're here to help you out! It's common for nail techs to struggle with transfer foil nail art, especially if they're new. We're here to help you, master using transfer foil for nails and create unique nail foil art that will make your clients fall head over heels for you!


What is Nail Transfer Foil?

Nail transfer foils come in various designs from Louis Vuitton to floral ones; they're shiny sheets that are holographic made of foils.

The primary purpose of nail transfer foils is for nail techs or nail foil art enthusiasts to lay them over a nail; once there's a gel color or base color then cure, the transfer foil designs will stick to the nails once you peel the transfer foil off. iGel Beauty has over 90 different patterns and colors of nail transfer foil that iGel Beauties can collect and enjoy!

These nail transfer foils come in rolls and are nut pre-cut; therefore, you can cut them off depending on your preference. You can use the nail transfer foil on gel nails and every nail art, such as DIY press on or acrylic; make sure the foils are dry whenever you use them. The beauty of transfer foil for nails is there stress-free to use. You can store them safely on your nail desk and use them for future use.


How to do foil transfer nails:


Step 1:

The first step is to apply a thin coat of your preferred gel color, then cure for 30 seconds or depending on your nail lamp.


Step 2:

The next step is to apply a base coat before you apply the nail transfer foil for best results then cure the nails once you applied the base coat for 30 seconds. 


Step 3:

Apply the LB Foil Transfer Gel on your nails; if you're planning to cover an entire nail with nail transfer foil. We highly suggest you cut them, especially for the curves of your nails, to avoid having creases and bumps on your nails that will prevent the foil from adhering to your nails.


Step 4:

Once you apply the nail transfer foil, you can use a silicone tip brush or a cuticle pusher tool to get the foil off the paper onto the nail. Press and rub the nail transfer foil over the sticky layer. Just make sure the foil comes into contact with the entire nail surface. You can check out our 8 Best iGel Beauty Nail Art Brushes blog here.

After placing the foil, cure your nails for at least 30 seconds then let it sit on your nails for 2 minutes. You can also use a fan to let your newly cured nails cool down.


Step 5:

The next thing you have to do is gently peel the nail transfer foil back and see the design or pattern adhered on your nail.


Step 6:

The last step is to apply the No Cleanse Top Coat to add some shine to your newly-foiled nails!



How to remove Nail Transfer Foil?

Step 1:

In a small bowl, place acetone and soak your nails for 10-15 minutes to lessen the adhesion of the nail transfer foil on your nails. Please resist the temptation of picking the foil off your nails since it can damage your nails! Repeat the process of soaking until you see them slowly becoming removable.


Step 2:

Use a cotton bud or q-tip with acetone to remove gems or charms on your nails that the acetone may damage.


Step 3:

Use a Nourish Oil on your natural nails to add moisture to your nails.


Step 4:

The last step is to lightly buff the remains on your nails with a light buffer while avoiding your natural nail. You can read our blog about nail care here!


Nail foil art is fun to do, and with the help of our beautifully designed nail transfer foils, it can help you elevate your nail art designs!

Suppose you’re running out of ideas on nail foil art designs. In that case, you can join our iGel Beauty Facebook community to see countless nail inspirations and, at the same time, be a part of an uplifting community for nail techs and DIY nail art- enthusiasts alike! We can’t wait to see you there!