Apparently You Can Use Gum Wrappers to Create a Metallic Manicure

Recycling just got prettier.

Set of top view unwrapped chewing gums on white background

Who doesn’t love a good beauty hack? No one, that’s who. And one search of the internet will bring up a ton. Some of them are amazing (removing your blackheads with floss anyone?) and others? Not so much. One that has been doing the rounds since it first appeared on social media app TikTok uses chewing gum wrappers to make a legit-looking metallic manicure. And yes, we will be trying this at home.

Make it Metal

Metallic manicures are great, and the perfect way to make a bold beauty statement. Don’t want to do a full face beat? Say it with your nails, gurl.

Nail foils are also great for achieving this popular look, but this just means you need to buy MORE beauty products. And while we don’t need an excuse to blow our paycheques on cosmetics, you can hold on to your cash because all you need to create the perfect metallic mani is a foil gum wrapper. Yes really!

One TikTok user, @jeainediep, showed her followers how to do it, and it actually looks simple enough for even nail rookies to master.

First she separates the paper backing so that you are left with just the foil piece:

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TikTok / @jeainediep

She then places the foil over her nail, smoothing out all the creases and making sure it covers the entire nail bed:

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TikTok / @jeainediep

You can then see just how legit this look is:

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TikTok / @jeainediep

While she doesn’t use a topcoat in the video, we recommend doing this to keep your metallic manicure in place.

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TikTok / @jeainediep

Are you feeling inspired? We totally are, and you had better believe that we are going to be hoarding gum wrappers so that we always have some on hand for bougie nights out. Recycling never looked SO good.

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