Texture is the big trend in every facet of fashion and beauty for Spring and Summer. In the spirit of this trend Ciate has released Caviar Manicure sets (you can check them out here at Sephora). These sets, which retail for $25, include a nail polish (the base of the manicure) and a nail polish bottle filled with microbeads. In my opinion, paying $25 for that is INSANE! That being said I did want to try out the trend.
I headed to my local Michael’s and picked up microbeads to give this a shot. For a how to and everything I used check below the jump!
When I went to Michael’s I had a bit of a hard time finding microbeads. Turns out, they are in the scrapbooking section. While you can buy these beads in just a single color, I decided to get 2 sets with 6 colors. They were half off! I got 12 colors for about $7. Currently, Ciate only has 3 colors of their Caviar Manicure sets. (Note: microbeads can be found many places including Amazon
I’ve done a Caviar manicure 3 times. It took me 3 times to really perfect it. The following is what I did to get the best results:
I followed Ciate’s basic instructions that can be found here. First apply your first coat to all 10 nails. Let it dry. Next, apply a thick second coat to one nail. Sprinkle the beads over the nail. Gently press the beads into the polish. Sprinkle the nail a second time and again, gently press the beads into the polish. Repeat on the other 9 nails.
Give your nails a good 10 minutes or so to dry. Then use a top coat and dab it alot the edges of the nails. Let the top coat dry completely. And that’s it! You’re done.
Removing a caviar manicure can be a struggle. Everytime I ended up scraping the beads off. I didn’t have any luck removing them with pure acetone. Once most of the beads are gone, removal is simple.
Now onto the mistakes and made and a few tips I’ve learned along the way.
Do not use nail glue instead of nail polish to adhere the beads to your nails! Not only will there not be enough beads, they come off very easily. I used nail glue for my attempt at a purple caviar manicure, and it’s pretty obvious from the pictures, it didn’t turn out very well. (The beads are over Finger Paints Grape Gumball)
When applying the top coat to the tips of the nails make sure to dab it, and not to brush it on. Brushing it on will cause some of the color to rub off.
Make sure to sprinkle the beads over each nail twice. When I did my black caviar manicure I only sprinkled and pressed once. This caused there to be alot of bald spots and while it looked fine, it didn’t look as good as it could have.
Obviously, caviar manicures are bumpy. I caught myself rubbing my fingers over the manicure SO MANY times. Really try not to do that as eventually this will cause the color to rub off.
When sprinkling beads over the nails use a tray to catch the beads so they can be easily put back in the bottle.
Other issues I experienced with this manicure: My hair was always getting stuck on my fingernails! As was my loofa. Annoying. Also, on several occasions I got foundation between the beads on a nail or two. Thorough washing will get the foundation out but it’s not fun.
All that being said, this is such a fun manicure to do. It’s different and I always received compliments when I had it on. Realistically, I can only go about a full day to a day and a half with a caviar manicure without driving myself a bit crazy.
If anyone is still reading this post at this point I am curious to know if you’re going to give it a try? Or are you not into this trend at all? If you’ve tried this, let me know if you have any other helpful tips!