"Caviar" manicures made a big splash at Fashion Week, with variations at edgy shows like
Cushnie et Ochs (pictured here) and Irina Shabayeva. This textured manicure is supposed to be reminiscent of the ultimate in luxury — as if ultra-expensive Beluga caviar has been spread across your fingertips.
But you don't have to be the girlfriend of a Russian oligarch to get the look. You can re-create the manicure for under three bucks using only four items. Check out how to do it now.
Photo courtesy Ann Lawlor
To create the caviar manicure, I purchased 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 the craft store, and some maximum-hold nail glue.
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Because the fake nails are white, I used a little nail polish to keep the manicure from looking see-through, since the beads can't cover every little bit of nail. The color here is one of CND's new
Jason Wu collection colors, Veronica.
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After the paint dried, I dripped a generous portion of nail glue onto each nail, and then flipped them over into a pile of the beads.
I left them on the bead pile for about 30 seconds (the amount of time it takes nail glue to set), then picked them up, dropped more glue onto them, and repeated this step until I got the coverage I wanted.
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.
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Once I had all the beads in place, I wanted to give the nails more of a three-dimensional caviar-like look. To do this, I let them dry, then dropped 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.
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The Finished Product
To finish, I swiped a shiny topcoat on to give my nails a "wet" caviar appearance. Then, I just pressed the nails onto my nail beds. The beads stayed on very well because of the nail glue's strength, and although I wouldn't recommend trying to open a soda can while wearing them, for a night out, they should definitely hold together.
What I'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.
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