My first introduction to caviar nails was backstage at Cushnie et Ochs' Fall 2011 fashion show, where Dashing Diva celebrity artist Pattie Yankee was pouring seed beads from the designers' collection onto models' black manicures. The textured nail art added another layer to Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs' "sexy vagabond" designs. Taking a cue from the runway, London-based nail brand Ciate recently introduced an at-home caviar nail kit. And of course, DIY bloggers are putting their own spin on the trend, including this elaborate, yet easy to recreate champagne and caviar manicure by Danielle of Polish You Pretty.
Photos: Caviar, Getty Images; China Glaze Midnight Kiss, Recollections Microbeads in Ebony and Champagne; OPI Black Onyx; Polish You Pretty's champagne and caviar DIY nail art.
Want this luxe nail look? Start by applying a base coat of China Glaze Midnight Kiss on the bottom half of nail and OPI Black Onyx on the top half. Once dry, paint on a top coat over the black portion and pour black microbeads over. Use a paper plate or towel to catch the excess which can be reused. Repeat the same step with the gold microbeads and press down to secure. To create a gradient effect, use tweezers to mix in contrasting beads. And when you're ready to take it off, basic acetone polish remover makes the process simple.
What do you think of this champagne and caviar-influenced manicure? Would you wear it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
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