DIY! Nail Jewellery Manicure!

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The next big trend in nail art – gold-plated, gilded fingernails.

I’ve always loved nail jewellery even before I knew what it was – I remember, as a kid, piercing one of my longer fingernails with a safety pin so I could stick an earring through it! This DIY makes bejewelled hands MUCH simpler.

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Inspired by this article, I wanted to do a metal nail crown look on the cheap, so I started hunting around in bead stores for a good dupe. This is a really pretty look that is very customizable – I used gold but there are all sort of metal beads that come in silver, black, and other colours.

Here’s what you need:

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  • clear nail polish
  • pliers
  • metal bead caps or other malleable beads, I used these for my fingers and these for my thumbs.

To achieve this fairy rock-star manicure, start by applying a thin base coat of the clear polish. Then, taking the small bead caps:

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Flatten and then bend each one with the pliers so that it matches the shape of your nail.

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Repeat 8-10 times – I wanted something a little different for my thumbs, so I bought some larger beads and pried them apart, broke off one of the clovers with the pliers, and then shaped that to match my thumbnail. (Easier than it sounds.)

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To stick them to your nails, you can use nail glue, but I just stuck to the clear nail polish to do the work. Apply a good dab where you want the jewellery.

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Then apply quickly, before the polish dries!

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Voilà! It’s like your hands are wearing a tiara! No, I’m just kidding. That doesn’t make any sense.

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Princess hands. Now I have my eye on some neon metal shapes to use for my next nail art DIY…

Total cost: around 8 bucks. I had to buy the clear polish, but I already had the pliers!

Do you throw bling at your manicure? Share a photo or a link in the comments!


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