Many of the nail effects just pass me by without garnering much excitement, but this one is a little bit special.  The last couple that caught my imagination were the Crocofever Nails and the Magnetic Nail Varnish, but this one takes it a little further and goes into the realms of 3D – although more wearable than some of the trends emerging right now.

Created by Ciate founder Charlotte for a magazine shoot, this is an easy-to-do nail trend that’s set to take summer nails by storm.

The set comes in three colour-ways, with a nail colour and a bottle of the caviar glass beads in each and this is how you do it:

After undercoat, apply the first coat of the your chosen colour varnish across both hands.

Next apply a second coat on a fingernail, sprinkle the caviar beads on the nail and repeat on each nail, one nail at a time.

And voila! There you have it, Caviar Manicure made easy.

The sets are Black Pearl (black with black caviar), Mother of Pearl (off-white with white caviar) and Rainbow (baby pink with multicoloured caviar), but you actually can use any shade and brand of varnish you want with your caviar beads.

I opted for a bright bluish-pink called Cupcake Queen with the clear caviar beads, and the multicoloured caviar on the ring fingers.  I loved the Black Pearl combination, and the Mother of Pearl white combo would look AMAZING on a bride.

Don’t worry that you’ll lose all the beads over your kitchen table, the kit comes with a little plastic tray that you put under your hands/nails when you sprinkle, and a darling little funnel that you use to pour back any unused beads back into the bag.

So easy and so very effective, but a word of warning! Don’t wash your hair with your caviar manicure – your hair just gets caught up in the beads and it’s really frustrating….. another excuse to get your done at the salon!

You can buy them either at Selfridges or online here and each set of two (varnish and beads) is £18.

ps please excuse the grainy animation – it’s my first ever try at it, I was so excited that I actually managed to make it work, I just HAD to include it!



    • 13 May 2012 / 6:43 pm

      yes, it’s all “hundreds and thousands”…. make me want cupcakes! 🙂

  1. 13 May 2012 / 7:51 pm

    That looks so great! Wow <3

    Lots of Love, Ana

  2. Anonymous
    12 July 2012 / 7:55 pm

    where did you get the other pink shade, because in that picture it is not just the ciate rainbow micro beads?

    • 12 July 2012 / 9:47 pm

      Hi, the pink base shade I’ve used in this manicure is the one I mentioned in the blog post – it’s called Cupcake Queen. It’s one of the Ciate colours already available. The beads I’ve used on most of the nails are the clear ones, the rainbow beads are only on my ring fingers.
      Hope that helps.

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