The beaded manicure has been popping up everywhere. We’ve seen a couple diy versions online & thought we’d try one ourselves – but of course, we had to put our spin on it! So, without further adieu, the Champagne & Caviar gradient beaded manicure! This nail art design is extremely easy, you just need a little patience & be able to handle a little mess.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nail with 1 thicker coat of China Glaze – Midnight Kiss. Because the whole nail is going to be covered you don’t have to worry too much about opacity.

Step 2: After your gold has dried, paint roughly half your nail with OPI – Black Onyx. We use black more than any other polish & we usually stick to CG – Liquid Leather but we’re really enjoying the switch to OPI, the formula is a little less thick. Paint a few brush strokes into your gold for the ombre effect.

Step 3: So we’re doing this a tad different then what is instructed, wait for the nail to full dry – then apply a top coat on the area you want covered. To create the gradient/ombre look, paint just the gold spots on your nail. Pour your champagne microbeads over your nails, so they stick to where your top coat was just applied. It is best to work over a large piece of scrap paper to catch all the little beads that fall.

Step 4: Once your gold beads are in place, firmly press them onto your nail to make them secure. Paint the remaining bare nail with your top coat and repeat the process using ebony coloured microbeads.  We using a dotting tool to add a few sparse opposing colours to complete the look. We did not put a top coat over this nail art – with the beads pressed in so firmly they are able to remain secure.

And they you have it – the beaded manicure with a twist & at a much cheaper price! We definitely recommend trying this diy – the beaded manicure kit from Ciate is coming to Sephora this Spring, so be ahead of the trend and save some money while you’re at it! Let us know what you think of this nail art design on Facebook & Twitter! & We just wanted to say THANK YOU again to all that participated in our Color Club giveaway. Stay tuned readers, we have some very exciting things happening in the near future for you 🙂

  1. Nancy MacDonald says:

    This is stunning!! Your nail art never fails to amaze me!!

  2. sugarmitten says:

    Brilliant! I love it!

  3. Mariana says:

    I’ve seen this pop all over twitter and youtube!
    I really like the trend, but I’m not too sure when it would be appropriate to wear.
    Can you reuse the beads after taking them off your nails?

  4. Where do you get the microbeads? I so want to do this! I love knowing that I can do this with my own polish and not have to spring for the spendy Ciate Caviar set.

    • we bought them at our local Michael’s craft store – they had a ton of different colours. Much cheaper then the set & you can create your own look by mixing beads!

  5. Thanks, I’ll be looking for them. I HAVE to try this manicure. By the way, I’m in love with your blog. I look forward to new posts, and you’re so good at posting new stuff all the time. Thanks again.

  6. Wow, this is gorgoeus!!! I’ve been hearing about this and love the final product. Looks so elegant and classy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sarah says:

    Wow. I’ve seen the caviar look before but this looks so much cuter with the dual champagne and caviar thing. I am so tempted to try it out, but I spend most of my day working with my hands and I’d hate for it to flake off leaving little beads all over the place. Especially in my keyboard! Yikes. Though for a special occasion this would be perfect.

  8. samacwns says:

    That look sooo cool! Too bad I don’t have a party to go to. 🙂

  9. storysmoking says:

    This look is really intriguing, but is it not quite impractical? It’s still beautiful for a night out I think. 🙂

  10. may_belater says:

    beautiful for photos, impractical for RL but so much is anyway. Gorgeous

  11. wow! U r really talented. I love these!!! Keep up the great job. XO

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