Sunday, April 22, 2012

Caviar/MicroBead Nails!


Hello! So a new nail trend that I have been obsessed with is Caviar nails =) I am in love with how this manicure looks & I had to try it out ASAP! I had a pack of blue microbeads in my "craft box" for years & I never knew what to do with them until now... You can buy these beads in all the colors of the rainbow from any craft store such as Michaels. I am going to buy this pack: Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Microbead Set, because I love all the different colors you get and the price is reasonable. + I think it's going to be super fun to play around with different color combos, from the beads themselves & to pairing them with fun nail polish shades =) You can buy the Ciaté Caviar nail set from Sephora for $25 or get more bang out of your buck if you DIY by following the steps below =)

To get the Caviar nails follow these simple steps:

-Apply a base coat to protect your natural nails.
-Apply a coat of nail-polish to all your nails (make sure it's a thicker formula because we want the beads to become cemented in the polish so using a thin watery formula won't hold the beads for long.)

Now we are going to work with one nail at a time!
-Apply a 2nd thick coat of polish to your nail

2 options to apply the beads:
-Pour the beads from their container straight onto the wet nail & they will stick immediately.
-Pour the beads into a small bowl & place your wet nail right on top of the beads. When you lift the nail all the beads will be attached.

Clean up:
-Use your finger to get rid of any excess beads that are on the side but not attached to the polish.
-Tap your finger very gently over the beads to make sure they are all in place & to get rid of any doubling (beads that are on top of the beads but are not attached to the polish.)

-Use a top coat to seal the edges & tips of your nail since this is very chipping is most common.
-You can apply a sheer layer of topcoat over the entire nail but I find that it takes away from the cool effect so I usually skip it. (If you choose to do this step make sure it's a super sheer coat to avoid a gel-y effect.)

Keep still for up to 30 minutes to make sure everything sets and doesn't shift around. I would recommend watching a T.V show or YT videos =)

Now you have Caviar nails as well! I love how super simple & fast the process is but looks amazing, unique, & interesting! I have never received as many compliments on my nails before =)

*This is the technique that works for me!

Watch my tutorial here:


How long do they last?
This was my biggest concern with the caviar manicure, I literally thought all the beads would crumble off my nail after a few minutes! I didn't think they would last & by doing simple activities such as putting on your clothes or shoes they would fall off! Happily I was proved wrong =) This caviar manicure last's & looks good up to 3 days! Here are the pictures of the day by day progress:

After 1 day: As you can see the beads (thankfully) did not fall off! The manicure still looked perfect!



After Day 2: The manicure looked almost perfect, a few beads did fall off but it wasn't noticeable unless closely inspected!


After Day 3: I decided it was time to redo the manicure but I was still very happy with how the beads held up! They lasted for 3 days instead of 30 minutes =) 



I hope you enjoyed reading this nail post! Did you try the Caviar manicure out? If so what color combination did you use? 

As I mentioned before I am buying more microbeads so let me know if you want a updated caviar manicure post in a few weeks with me showing all the different color combos I try! 

Thank you so much for Reading, Watching, Commenting, Following, & Subscribing =)
I really appreciate your support!

XO-Angelika

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