New Nail Trend Alert: Behold the Caviar Manicure
Nail polish trends come and go (see: the French manicure) but luckily there’s always something new, wonderful, and wacky in the pipeline. Last year it was all about crackle top coats and magnetic polish. We hadn’t really seen anything new yet this year in the world of nails…until now.
As far as nail art goes, it’s pretty easy to DIY. You basically just sprinkle beads all over some wet nail polish and let it dry. But this is the first time we’ve seen it offered in the convenience of a kit–Kiss and Makeup reports that the beads will be offered in three colors: black, white, and multi (seen above, which will make your nails look like a happy little cookie.) We fully expect other brands to follow suit–it seems like a concept that’s pretty easy to produce and the bottles of beads can sit right next to bottles of polish on the shelf.
Will caviar nails be the new glitter?
Follow the steps below to recreate cushine et ochs nyfw caviar nails
To create the caviar manicure, you’ll need some inexpensive press-on nails (you don’t want to do this on your natural nail bed, believe me), a packet of small black beads from Spotlight or Lincraft and some maximum-hold nail glue.
Because the fake nails are white, use a little nail polish to keep the manicure from looking see-through, since the beads can’t cover every little bit of nail.
The colour here is one of CND’s new Jason Wu collection colors, Veronica.
After the paint dried, drip a generous portion of nail glue onto each nail and then flip them over into a pile of the beads.
Leave them on the bead pile for about 30 seconds (the amount of time it takes nail glue to set), then pick them up, apply more glue and repeat this step until you get the coverage you want.
Note: If you don’t want nail glue all over your fingers, use a pair of tweezers to do this. Tweezers are also great for placing beads in any empty spots you might have missed.
Once we had all the beads in place, we wanted to give the nails more of a three-dimensional caviar-like look. To do this, let them dry, then drop several more coats of nail glue on top to bond them together.
Make sure you put a plate or a couple of layers of paper towels under the nails to avoid spilling glue on all your surfaces.
The Finished Product
To finish, swipe a shiny topcoat on to give your nails a “wet” caviar appearance. Then, just press the nails onto your nail beds. The beads stayed on very well because of the nail glue’s strength, and although we wouldn’t recommend trying to open a soft drink can while wearing them, for a night out, they should definitely hold together.
What we’d do differently next time: While the larger beads I used are great for demonstration purposes, you’ll probably be happier using smaller seed beads. I’d also recommend making the nails shorter for real-life wear for something a little more subtle.