Friday, 5 October 2012

Freckles anyone?

3D Nail art has become a huge hit this year! Just think of Freckles, 100's and 1000's, beads and Caviar on your nails!
Creative Director Charlotte, from popular UK beauty brand Ciaté, created a new and exciting nail art trend called Caviar Manicure which can be achieved by using tiny little pearls which can be scattered onto the surface of the nail bed after applying any shade of nail lacquer to create a 3D effect which looks very sophisticated and elegant! I fell in love with the Caviar Manicure almost instantly and have been completely mesmerised about the 3D look. The Caviar pearls are currently only available in three different kits: Rainbow, Mother of Pearl and Black Pearls and I think the only way I can buy these kits is from the Ciaté online store. Shipping costs for delivery to Australia is hefty, so that has just steered me away completely.
Recently, Makeup Academy (MUA) also released their own version of the Caviar Manicure called Nail Constellation. I love the look of the little cute containers which come with an in-built funnel. MUA Nail Constellation is available in five gorgeous mixed shades namely Libra, Gemini, Scorpio, Pisces and Leo. Shipping is relatively decent when buying from the MUA online store and their range of makeup is incredibly cheap too. Definitely worth checking out.
I have not seen any of these little pearls for nails being sold in Australia, so I did some research and found that you can buy a wide range of colours of 'micro beads' from eBay and you can purchase a set with 12 different single shades for as little as A$2 to A$4 per set! I thought it would be better to buy the micro beads as individual shades so that I could mix and match a few colours to create different looks each time. 
I was inspired by the vibrant red lilies in the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane that I decided to combine the red, pink, green and taupe coloured pearls together. 

To get the look:
1. Paint your nails in any shade you like. I painted my nails using MaxFactor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit.
2. Immediately, while your nails are still wet, dip the bed of your nail into a pot containing the pearls.
3. Use your fingers to gently press the pearls to ensure they are kept in place.
4. Apply two coats of base/top coat to prevent the pearls from chipping off.
The pearls stay on really well and the best way to remove them is to scrap them off using a nail file, then use nail polish remover to remove any residues.

What do you think of the 3D pearl effect on nails?

xx Rose


  1. This looks beautiful :) I bought some off ebay and they sucked so badly! I might try the ones from MUA

    1. Thank you! Aww that's sad that they didn't work well for you.

  2. Wow they look amazing :) MUA have been heavily promoting them on facebook but I suck at painting my nails so I'll live vicariously through you :)

    1. They are really easy to apply, in fact easier to apply than perfecting a manicure!

  3. I absolutely adore this look - I need to try this trend too!

    1. It's something different yet so mesmerising to look at!

  4. I really love this,so cute
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  5. wow so pretty! need to try this! x

    1. It's such a gorgeous nail trend. i'll probbaly show a few posts later on with different mixes of colours.