Saturday, June 08, 2013

Turquoise Stone Nails + Tutorial!

Saturday, June 08, 2013
These turquoise stone nails have been quite a trend lately.  I had seen a couple people try this technique, and was inspired, but I wanted to put my own style on it.

Here is my finished look:






Now, here is the tutorial to get this look:



I tried to make the steps as clear as possible, but as always, if you have any questions please let me know.  And, feel free to send me your results, I would love to see them! :)

1. Gather your supplies and prep your nails. I used CND Stickey, Essie Where's My Chauffeur?, CND Blackjack and Gold Chrome, a piece of plastic wrap (bunched into a ball), a few toothpicks, Scotch tape, hairspray, a paper towel, a cup of luke warm (tap) water, and a piece of paper.

2. Paint two coats of your base colour. In this case, to make them look like turquoise stones, I chose the Essie's Where's My Chauffeur?. Make sure your base colour is completely dry, or use a quick dry top coat before moving to the next step.

3. Tape off your cuticle and sides of your fingers with some scotch tape.

4. Work quickly with the next few steps! Place a few drops of gold polish on a piece of paper. Dip the plastic wrap into the polish, and dab it a few times on the paper before applying it to your nails.

5. Immediately "sponge" the gold polish on your nails in a few random spots. I did this very lightly, to make it look like subtle veins of gold.

6. With a cup of luke warm water, place one drop of black polish into the water. I only used one drop of polish so the black would be quite light and veiny. As it is spreading, spray some hairspray on it. This is the most difficult part, as you may have to repeat this step a few times to get it to look right.

7. I wanted the "veins" to be quite spread out on the nail. If the spots are too close together in the water, you will have too much black on the nail, so if it does not look right in the water, just take a toothpick to remove the polish and try again.

8. Quickly dip your finger into the water, positioned where you want it, and use a toothpick to grab the leftover polish on the surface of the water before removing your nail.

9. Remove the tape. Wait a while before applying top coat so you do not smudge the black lines. Finally, finish with a top coat.

Have fun! :)


Kristin

10 comments :

  1. The best turquoise nails ever! Thank you for telling your secrets to this amazing look. Why am I thinking pink turquoise would look good now? Hmmm...

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    1. Aw, thank you! This would be great with so many different colors! :)

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    1. Sorry you had trouble with it, it’s definitely not impossible though. You have to work very quickly in the water, and make sure the water is the right temperature. It takes a lot of trial and error. Also, it helps to use a thinner polish so it spreads better. I hope that helps if you decide to try it again! :)

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  3. Very beautiful! I like this technology!!)

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  4. I have been successful with this tecnique!

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