Welcome to my nail art installments! When I do a new manicure, I'll post a picture and show you the products I used and tell you how to recreate it! Also, check my 'Nail Art' tab up at the top of the blog for a gallery of past designs!
As I've mentioned in my YouTube videos, I am in LOVE with China Glaze's Crackle Glaze. Currently, I only have Black Mesh, but I definitely intend to get the other 5 colors. So.. this is my manicure for the week! It's a very pale pink glitter topped with the Crackle Glaze and I added a contrasting bow out of rhinestones for good measure. I'm not big on repeating nail art designs, but you will see the rhinestone bows a lot. I love them for a subtle bit of fun. :)
- Pure Ice -- Lilac Mist
- Found at WalMart
- China Glaze Crackle Glaze -- Black Mesh
- Found at Ulta or Sally's Beauty Supply
- Ulta Salon Formula -- Clear Top Coat
- Found at Ulta
- Essence Rhinestone Picker
- Found at Ulta
- 1mm Rhinestones
- Found at Sally's and online.
Now.. Let's talk about pickers and dotting tools and rhinestones for a minute. Do you need a special tool to apply rhinestones? Absolutely not! You can use anything from a tooth pick or a pencil to apply them. It's just my preference to use a picker or dotting tool. And rhinestones.. you can buy them at Sally's and get a few rhinestones and a big wheel for around $6 OR you can go online. I bought mine on ebay from Hong Kong. I found an amazing deal and got 5 wheels of 1500 1mm rhinestones (a piece) for $3.50. That's 7500 rhinestones! Granted, it did take them almost a month to arrive.. but I definitely won't have to order any more for a very long time! Here's a closeup of what one of the wheels looks like:
HOW I DID IT:
NOTE: I skipped applying a base coat because I have acrylic over my nails. However, if you have natural nails ALWAYS remember to apply a base coat!
- Apply 3 coats of Pure Ice. Let nails dry between each coat.
- Working quickly, apply an even layer of China Glaze to each nail. Allow a good 10 minutes for polish to completely crackle and dry.
- Open your rhinestones.
- If I'm using 2 colors, I like to have 2 wheels open. However, if you only have 1 wheel, dump enough out from each color so that you don't have to flip back and forth.
- I chose my ring fingers.
6. Repeat as desired.
7. Apply topcoat to all nails and allow to dry.
And that's it! Super simple and TOTALLY cute!
Have fun and happy rhinestoning!