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A look from the 90s is making its way back on nails in the ’10s: “crack” or “shatter” polish.
What is it exactly? While it actually looks more complicated than it really is, crack polish is a special top coat applied to your regular nail color that gives a “crackled” effect on the finish. Even the most novice of nail polishers can easily grab a $9 bottle, apply it, and have nails that look like she just stepped out of a salon.
OPI recently released a “Black Shatter” crack polish as part of a celebrity nail polish collection collaboration with tennis star and nail fanatic Serena Williams as well as pop star and California girl Katy Perry. My lacquer loving homey Krissy of Addicted to All Things Pretty has the 411 on how to apply it:
Step 1: Start with clean nails and apply your base coat.
Step 2: Apply your nail color as usual. Depending on the colors your use, you can get away with using a single coat as long as it’s even. While skipping the top coat, allow your nails to completely dry so the crack polish doesn’t penetrate to the nail color and dissolve it. Your manicure will be splotchy if you skip this important step.
Step 3: Apply a thin coat of crack polish, making sure not to go over the same section more than once.
Step 4: Depending on the brand of crack polish you use, this step is optional. OPI “Black Shatter” has a matte black finish so you can leave it matte or apply a topcoat for a high gloss finish.
Ready to try? For where to buy, check out opi.com.