Cracked varnish or craquelure – the original version of the design of nails. With its help you can create various effects, from modest to very catchy. It all depends on the chosen varnish, the way it is applied, the substrate and other nuances.
History of Craquelure
The varnish with the effect of cracking appeared on the manicure market for a long time, the first variants of such coating were offered about 20 years ago. During this time craquelure several times went into fashion, and today has become a classic. The first varnishes produced brands of professional level, and now there are also craquelures in collections of mass and luxury brands.
The essence of a cracking manicure is simple. First on the nails is applied a substrate of contrasting color, it is dried and covered with a layer of craquelure. When dried, the varnish-craquelure forms cracks of various shapes. Some brands give the effect of woody bark, others resemble thin crevices on old canvases or crocodile skin.
The first varnishes-craquelures had a limited color range. Later it expanded, more unusual variants were created: varnishes with metallic effect, glossy and matte enamels, means with a small shimmer. On sale there were ready-made sets, including varnish-substrate and craquelure. In the fashion included unusual combinations of colors – khaki with gold, blue with blue or bright pink with pale lilac.
Features of cracking manicure
To craquelure looked beautiful and kept as long as possible, you need to prepare your nails. The plate needs to be polished, removing grooves and other irregularities. Then the nail is covered with a protective base, and a varnish-substrate is applied over it. It is not necessary to use a varnish of the same brand as craquelure, any dense and opaque enamel will do. Very good lacquer-metallic, they give manicure elegance, and a slightly rough texture allows the crackle to create large cracks.
After drying the substrate, apply a layer of cracelure on it. The thicker it is, the larger the cracks will be. A very thin layer will give a patina effect, which can also look beautiful. To accelerate the process of cracking, substitute the nails under a stream of cold air from the hair dryer. Keep your fingers not too close to the appliance, otherwise there may be bubbles on the nails.
To keep the lacquer longer, fix it with the top coating with a gloss effect. Apply it only after the cracelure is completely dry. A brilliant top will not allow the varnish to be broken off and will give the manicure a gloss. Very elegant looks top with small sequins, it is ideal for a festive manicure.
The craquelure is easy to remove. It without the rest is erased by usual liquid for removal of a varnish, without demanding preliminary soaking. At the same time, the craquelure is quite durable. Correctly made manicure lasts a week and even more. Suitable for crackling varnish and for a pedicure. But in this case it is better to apply only on the fingernails of the thumbs, covering the rest with the usual enamel of the appropriate shade.