Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY: Caviar Nails with a Twist

This blog post by Elle Bee on caviar nails inspired me to do a DIY caviar nail. I first saw this look on her blog, and after searching around the webz, I discovered that they're practically on every fashionable person's nails!  I don't have the extra dough to drop almost 30 dollars on the original Ciate Caviar Manicure, so that was also my inspiration to do a DIY! 

This DIY is really simple. All you'll need is a container to hold your microbeads (with an opening wide enough to dip your finger into), microbeads-of course, clear polish (or you could match your polish to your beads), and a toothpick!

(1) Pour beads into container.
(2) Paint nail with desired polish. 
(3)Wait until polish is tacky , and dip the finger into the beads, polish side down.
(4) Paint a clear topcoat on top, and dry.
(5) Walk around doing random things with your hands so that strangers can see how stylish your nails are! (This step is optional, and strongly not recommended as you may resemble an ostrich doing it's mating dance!)

With my nails, I added an accent nail-the nail with the black cross. To do this, you'll have to follow a few more steps.

For a more 3 dimensional affect :
(6) Paint a cross on your nail on top of the beads already there with clear polish
(7) Dip into the beads (your choice of color)
(8) Use the toothpick to pluck away at your cross and make it perfection!

For a flatter effect:
(6) Paint a cross across your nail on top of the beads already there with a polish of your choice!

I hope you guys try this, and if you do, leave your links below so I can check them out! 

purple bananas and fudgeballs


  1. I'm so glad I saw this post. I was just at Saphora yesterday and ALMOST bought the $25 cavier polish set. Then I read that it will only last up to 48 hrs. Hmmmm so it'll last a day or two and i only get one color? Not budget frienly at all. and I'm not going to use the same color every time or use them ALL the time? So I walked away from it, but still thought they were great and looked awesome. So I'm HAPPY you've shown us an alternative. My only question...where can we get the microbe beads? Thanks for sharing!

    1. I purchased my microbeads from Michaels. I'm glad to help out! :) It's always a good thing to save a dollar or five!

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  3. I love this. I actually found nail art microbeads in the Dollar Tree the other day-go figure. Yours look great. They're pretty cool yet so expensive in the nail shop so I can't wait to try my hand at it.


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