Tutorial: Glitter Mosaic Nails Complete with Video
Alrighty, you asked and I shall deliver! I've had a lot of people asking me how I do my Glitter Mosaic nails so I took some time last night to full document how to do it. Be warned, there are a TON of pictures and even a time lapse video to follow.
Step 1. Gather your supplies. I'm using Essie Ridge Filler as a base coat, Rimmel Black Satin as my base colour, a pot of hexagonal gold glitter from ebay for the glitter and a toothpick.
Step 2. Add your base coat and two coats of your base colour.
Step 3. Spread out some glitter on something. The pieces can stick together so the more you spread it out, the lesser the chance of that happening.
Step 4. Add a third coat of base colour, grab your toothpick, lick or wet it somehow and pick up your first piece of glitter. I like to start at the top left corner. Make sure the piece is lined up so that there's a top and bottom. Enlarge this picture, you should be able to see what I mean.
Step 5. Add a full column of glitter down the side. This will form the guide for the rest of the nail so make sure that the tops and bottoms line up.
Step 6. Start on the next column. Fit the next piece into the indentation.
Step 7. Finish that column, fitting each piece in. They should all jigsaw together.
Step 8. Next couple of rows.
Step 9. Keep going, fitting each piece next to the last securely. Add more top coat if you find the glitter isn't sticking.
Step 10. Keep going! See how a straight first column lets you build out the rest easily?
Step 11. MOAR
Step 12. Even MOAR
Step 13. Nail done! Don't worry if you have some pieces sticking over the top of your nail, we'll deal with them soon.
Step 14. Do the same thing on your other nails.
Step 15. LOTS of top coat. Seriously, like two thick coats. Use drying drops after the second coat if you want it to dry faster.
Step 16. Trim the extra glitter off your tips. You're done!
It's amazing what you can find when you wander around at night. My favourite time to go shopping is ridiculously late and I'm extra happy when it pays off. I've been looking for Nicole by OPI A Million Sparkles for a while now at that couldn't be more up my alley if it tried. I finally managed to find it in a Shoppers last night and it really does live up to its name. A Million Sparkles is a predominately blue glitter that has an amazing ability to look like a foil after a couple of coats. Combine that with gold, silver and pink bar glitter and you have a winner. It's seriously so sparkly I got distracted from what I was saying at lunch today. Application is decent but you really need four coats to get completely opaque coverage. That's ok, glitter dries fast. It's a little rough too but nothing Seche Vite can't fix. The Verdict: Yay glitter! If, like me, you like sparklies to the point where it's the biggest tag on y
Ermerger guys, I don't have any glitter on me! Well, I do, just on my nails. I always have glitter on me. And cat fluff. It's funny how often my bf comes home with glitter in his beard. That means it's been there all day... Anyway, new nail vinyls mean something a bit different. I swear I'm not actually obsessed with mermaids, it just seems like it... Anyway, again, shall we?
Ever since I did this mani recently I've been wanting to do a better version. The colours seemed like they would work together but it just didn't turn out how I wanted. I wanted to try again and decided to learn from my original mistakes. For example, make sure you use a super opaque creme polish on your top layer, don't bother with horizontal stripes and using thicker lines looks cool too.
This reminds me of a beautiful sequin dress. I love it!ReplyDelete
I would LOVE to do these, but I don 't think I have the patience or a steady enough hand.ReplyDelete
I am flabergasted by how amazing this is. Seriously. Flabergasted.ReplyDelete
You are so patient!ReplyDelete