Here’s What To Do With All That Magnetic Nail Polish You Bought

OK. I don’t know about you, but for whatever reason, magnetic nail polish does not work for me. At all. For any reason. I’ve tried a few brands¬†— from whatever it was I got at Urban Outfitters to Essie — and no matter how hard I try, no matter how long I hold that damned magnetic cap up to my nail, it does nothing.

It’s possible that there is something wrong with me, but quite honestly I don’t know anyone else it’s worked for either.

Luckily, I have figured out another thing you can do with it that’s actually pretty neat. As a bonus, it’s something you can do even if you are not at all coordinated–which I am definitely not. Like, when I paint my nails I practically paint my whole finger and then just figure the rest will wash off in the shower. I’ve never been able to draw anything other than stick figures either, so I’m certainly not going to be painting any pastoral scenes on my nail with my left hand anytime soon.

In spite of this defect, I’ve actually become pretty good at doing cool shit to my nails. This is just one of my many tricks–and I shall teach you, as per request on my last thing about nail polish!

First, grab your magnetic polish, and another regular polish that goes with it. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using Aqua Fresca from Anise as my bottom coat, and the previously mentioned generic magnetic nail polish from Urban, which is sort of a dark gold-ish color.

Paint your nails the non-magnetic color and let them dry.


As you can see, I was not exaggerating when I said that I make a mess of things. Anyway, once that’s dry, take your magnetic nail polish, and swipe a little of that over your nail.


Then, with your thumb, start rubbing it, and also pressing it down and lifting it up again, all over the nail. If not enough of the base coat is popping through, scrape a few areas with your nail.

The end result is a sort of textured, shabby chic/rock type situation that looks pretty freaking neat if I do say so myself.


While the magnetic nail polish has a bit more texture to it, you can probably get a similar effect using a slightly grainy looking metallic polish! Enjoy!