DIY: Ciaté “Caviar Manicure”
One of the most popular and also one of the newest nail art trends today is the caviar manicure, a 3D design created by tiny microbeads, called “caviar pearls,” that are pressed into nail polish. Originally this technique was introduced to us by a company called Ciaté. You can find the original nail art kit at Sephora.com for $25 or at Ciate.com for $18, however at the Ciaté website you will be placed on a waiting list, as it seems this kit is ALWAYS out of stock. I on the other hand, found a way to duplicate this entire look for as little as $6. The Microbeads can be purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If looking for a bigger selection of colors, Ebay is the cheaper and more efficient way to go, just search for micro beads. I got a package of 12 colors for $4.
What You Will Need:
Nail Polish (same shade as beads)
Clear Top Coat
Tray (any kind of tray that will catch your beads while applying them)
1. Apply base coat to all nails.
2. Apply another coat of nail color to each nail one at a time. after applying 2nd coat of polish to that nail, place hand over tray and quickly coat nail with micro beads while polish is still wet. Be sure to press beads into polish to be sure that they adhere completely.
3. Let nails dry for 15-20 minutes.
4. Apply clear topcoat to lock in the beads.
and that’s it! :)
After you’re done, all of the beads that fell into the tray can now be recycled and put back into their container.