Kristen Oldham May 1, 2012

Stained Glass Manicure

When Jamie of The Beauty of Life posted a photo of this stained glass manicure on Facebook, we had to get the scoop on how to create it. The best part? You can customize each nail instead of making them all identical. What you need - Nail polish in the following shades:
  • Dark blue: Try Sephora by OPI Nail Lacquer in Blue Grotto.
  • Turquoise: Try Thakoon for NARS Nail Polish in Koliary.
  • Magenta: Try Essie Nail Polish in Bachelorette Bash.
  • Silver: Try Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Graphite.
  • White: Try Mattese Elite Nail Art in White.
-Top and base coats -Nail art brush -Nail polish remover -Cotton balls or pads -Orange wood cuticle stick How to do it
  • Step 1: Start by applying a base coat and letting it dry. Then, dip your nail art brush into the first hue and swipe on the shade creating sharp angles and triangles. Using a brush "allows for more fluid strokes and helps to keep lines straighter," says Daniella, Jamie's friend and creator of the look.
  • Step 2: Clean off your brush using nail polish remover (this will give your first color time to dry) and start with the second shade. Once you've finished, clean your brush again and start with the third shade. Do this until you've used each polish.
  • Step 3: Once your nails are complete, let the polish dry for a few minutes. Finish with a clear top coat.
  • Step 4: If you have excess polish on your cuticle or on skin, clean up by wrapping a thin layer of cotton over your orange wood cuticle stick and soaking it in polish remover. "As long as the cotton is saturated, it won't stick to your polish," says Daniella. Swipe the stick over the paint on your skin to remove it.
Not sure you have what it takes to create this look? According to Daniella, if you don't have a steady hand you can "get this design by using pieces of tape to create angles of space and painting within them." Just make sure to let each layer dry completely. Have you done a stained glass manicure? Share a pic in the comments below!


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