DIY Velvet Manicure

Another day, another crazy nail trend! I’m beginning to think someone at Ciaté literally went to an arts and crafts store, stood in the scrapbook aisle and picked out scrapbooking materials they thought could pass as nail art. First was, of course, the Caviar manicure. Now there is the Velvet manicure. Ciaté has not launched their Velvet Manicure kits yet, though they are supposed to land at Sephora within a month or so. The Caviar kits are $25, so I imagine the Velvet manicure kits will be similarly priced.

Anyway, there is no reason to spend $25 to get on the Velvet Manicure bandwagon. I spent less than $7 at Michaels on supplies for these manicures. There is a step by step guide below the jump (and a ton of pictures!)! Make sure to leave a comment tell me whether or not you love this look or think it’s super silly.

What you need:

  1. Nail polish! Any color will work. I do find creme formulas work best.
  2. Flocking powder. I got mine at Michaels in the scrapbooking aisle.

How to:

  1. Apply one coat of polish to all of your fingers.
  2. Doing one nail at a time, apply a thick second coat of polish. Sprinkle flocking powder over the nail. Press down on the nail to make sure the flocking powder adheres. Repeat on the rest of your nails!
  3. Make sure to let your nails completely dry before doing anything.

See, super simple! This is alot easier than doing a Caviar manicure. But it doesn’t last any longer! About a day is all your going to get out of this manicure.

A couple of issues I ran into when I was testing out these velvet manicures. If you have a pet, do not pet them! I made this mistake and I had cat hair stuck to my nails for the entire day. Also, if you get anything on your nail, particularly liquid (think coffee or foundation) it’s hard, if not impossible, to remove the stain.

This was fun to do and it was something different. But there is something seriously weird about furry nails!

Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think about velvet manis!

Polishes used in this post: Revlon Blue Lagoon, Wet n Wild Club Havana, Ulta Snow White

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103 thoughts on “DIY Velvet Manicure

  1. Haha I agree that furry nails are a bit weird, but I really like it! :)

  2. It looks so fun though! I might try this one day…

  3. Its different, but I could see myself wearing the white one…

  4. Seems very similar in style to the Caviar mani! Ciate seems kind of a ripoff, considering everything. I think I’d love to wear this manicure for pj days at school! What do you suppose would happen if you added a topcoat to this manicure?

    • Well…I tried to put a top coat just on the tips. The nature of the flocking powder just made it difficult. I had fuzz on my brush and it got kind of clumpy on the nail.

  5. I don’t think I could deal with the texture on my nails (I can’t even deal with matte nails) but I do kind of love this look! It’s really…Muppet-y.

  6. What about when you wash your hands?…..so strange!

  7. This is so different! Very interesting. How did they hold up after a couple of days?

  8. Neat…Looks great on your nails…

  9. I’m so fixated on what happens AFTER you wash your hands — like how long it takes to dry. What a funky trend!

  10. Is it just me or is Ciate doing a really great job of stealing ideas from beauty bloggers and trademarking them?

  11. I love This, they are so cute :)

  12. This is such an unusual look, I love it on you but I am not sure if I could wear it myself. Thank you for sharing, though

  13. [...] with flocking powder on top, giving it a fuzzy texture. You can read all about how Alli created her velvet manicure it at TDV. Also, Ciate will soon be releasing a kit to be sold alongside their caviar manicure [...]

  14. i think this looks really cute, but i can’t stop thinking that it would be really unsanitary!! also, i really hope no one actually buys a kit for 25$, i can’t imagine that would be worth it!

    • People paid that much for those ridiculous Caviar sets!

      I never thought of it as unsanitary….the flocking powder really doesn’t soak up liquid.

  15. miranda chan says:

    imagine showering – it’d be weird! maybe .. as a pattern of velvet on a nail vs. the whole nail being covered in it?

  16. I think its cool looking but to me .. a little useless , takes forever to dry and lasts a day if that…cool though (:

  17. Your nails look great! I have to say, I think it’s silly and impractical (don’t pet your cat? Poor kitty!) but also fun! I might do it, but then what would I do with the rest of the flocking? Maybe a light spritz with hairspray would anchor the flocking a bit?

    • It’s completely impractical! And at this rate, I’m going to need to take up scrap booking to justify all the supplies I have around the house.

  18. DeelishNailz says:

    Omg!!!!! These are FABULOUS!!!! Sooo much more affordable than Ciate! I noticed that Ciate had only 3 colors to choose from…’suede’ (navy blue) ‘berry poncho’ (dark burgundy purple) & ‘Cashmere’ (grayish) Do you know if Michaels sell any other colors of flocking powder? I do love the bright colored look because its Summer!!
    Also I tried the DIY Caviar nails!!! I loved them too!!
    I cant wait to try this!!!

    • I think there’s a navy and a gray…not sure about a burgundy. I just gravitated to this particular pack of flocking powder because I liked all the bright colors :)

  19. I think its kinda cool and has a funky look to it but I would want it to last longer than a day ! I love all three colours you did!

  20. I think it is super cool.. I would love to try it but we don’t get Flocking powder here in India.. Can someone help??? Can someone get me these??? :(

  21. i may have to try this:)

  22. what a smart idea! They are cute but I guess they don’t last long…?

  23. [...] flocking powder to give my nails a tennis ball texture. I used the same technique as I used in my DIY Velvet Manicure to adhere the flocking powder to the [...]

  24. [...] a great way to add texture to the nail without ACTUALLY adding texture to the nail with a Velvet or Caviar [...]

  25. To Sonal: Try Michael’s Online or other craft or scrapbooking sites. Someone will surely ship to India. I think my daughter would love this, and I may try the next time my husband and I go to the clubs

  26. [...] create this manicure I did the same DIY Velvet Manicure as I did for my Tennis Ball manicure. I used Essie Mojito Madness as a base and lime colored [...]

  27. When I saw these on another blog I HAD to do them. I went to Micheal’s and had every employee on the sales floor on a wild goose chase trying to find flocking powder since most of them had never heard of it. In the end they only had the Martha Steward brand and I wasn’t prepared to spend that much on something I wasn’t sure I would like, so I bought some on Amazon and I’m waiting for it to come in. I’m so excited to try these. :D

  28. wow!!! can you buy that in Europe??? i

  29. These look fun. I’d probably be feeling my fuzzy fingernails all day, which would probably contribute to faster wear-off, haha, but looks fun to try!
    Thanks for sharing this DIY tutorial! :-)

  30. [...] Image Courtesy of The Daily Varnish [...]

  31. [...] of you might remember a post I did on Tennis Ball Nails. I used my DIY Velvet Manicure technique to make my nails look like a tennis ball. It was such a fun manicure to do and I’ve [...]

  32. [...] Nail Art Kit at Sephora and thought this trend was perfect for Fall in the Berry Poncho shade.  The Daily Varnish gives you more color options if you go the DIY route by making a trip to [...]

  33. How do you take it off?? Just with regular nail polish remover?

  34. [...] you caught my tweet then you know I hit up my local Michaels. Between the DIY caviar and velvet manicures I’m becoming quite familiar with the place. I spent $6.99 on the supplies for my [...]

  35. Funny – when these first started to show up this yr I did not like them at all. But now I think I might get some ‘fur’ at the craft store and play with one color. Maybe it was just because I was seeing these textures in spring and summer and they speak to me more of fall/winter – thou who would know it’s fall now since we have been in the 90’s chronically through Oct and now into Nov still – ugh! I am soooo ready for fleece and cool windy off the ocean.

  36. [...] 1. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: One of my all-time favorites.  It’s a black base with a gorgeous emerald shimmer.  Like velvet for your nails (without the weird texture of velvet nails). [...]

  37. [...] month is all about matte, suede, and textured polishes/nail art. Of course, I have to try this DIY Velvet Manicure, as I am way too cheap to buy a Ciate Velvet Manicure kit (But I did get a Ciate set during my [...]

  38. [...] technology) with their Mariah Carey collection I could only think of Ciate’s Caviar and Velvet manicures that were easily DIYable for a much cheaper price. After some research I realized OPI was [...]

  39. These are cute! I really like the look, I think the feel would freak me out a bit, but I do like them. My girls want to try, their nails generally only last a day or two anyway :)

  40. Very cute, my girls want to try this. I like they way it looks in pretty much all of the colors, but I think the orange is my favorite :)

  41. It looks great in white. I love new trends. Your up close pictures are better than site’s trying to sell. The white looks velvet, other colors are hairy. Too funny: don’t pet your pet. My doggie wouldn’t have that. Glad I found this site. I will be trying this. My polish only lasts a day anyway unless its gel.

  42. [...] I googled some more and found out that some clever beauty bloggers like The Daily Varnish have shared how you can get velvet nails for [...]

  43. Do I need to put a top coat over the velvet ??

  44. I actually tried the ciate velvet nails in sephora. All I can say I started brushing my nails on my face and I kept petting my nails lol they were so fuzzy. There only difference is the flocking powder seems a bit thicker (I haven’t tried the flocking powder but I can tell from the images) the ciate velvet powder thing that comes with the kit is a very fine powder. In a sense that when you put it on your nails it looks like dust. Ew I know but once it dries it feels so weird like fabric or something. I only have one question, can you get “finer” flocking powder?

    • The way the flocking powder is packaged makes it appear “thick” but once it loosens up it’s really quite fine.

      That being said, Michael’s has a hundred kinds of everything so if finer flocking powder is available I’m sure they have it!

  45. [...] We’re still not sure about this velvet nails trend, but it’s definitely unique! Check out how to do it on The Daily Nail Varnish. [...]

  46. [...] This is definitely taking the whole football thing very literally.  I did a DIY Velvet Manicure using green flocking powder to mimic the football field then added a football on one nail for good [...]

  47. I wanna buy flocking powdwr in various colours
    From where cud i get?

  48. Super cool! Great idea :) I’ve been interested in getting Ciatés velvet manicure, but think they’re WAY over priced. This is a really great substitute :) Hope I can find some in Sweden ..

  49. [...] to post DIYs for their overpriced nail art kits. First it was the Caviar manicure, then it was the Velvet manicure and now it’s the Chalkboard manicure. Next month Ciate is releasing a Chalkboard Manicure set [...]

  50. [...] a medium light blue that has a sandy or sugary finish. Katie said the finish kind of looks like a velvet manicure. She is exactly [...]

  51. I saw a design that used flocking powder and I absolutely love the idea! My friend said to get it at Michaels and I was just curious how much was the Recollections set you got?

  52. Your white version reminds me of Hostess Snoballs!! :D

  53. THANK YOU! I stupidly bough the Ciate kit and it SUCKED. The powder would barely come out of the shaker but you can’t remove the top to get to it so your nails just wind up looking kinda smudged. This is MUCH better. Off to Michaels for me :-)

  54. Wow, this is really a great diy project, nails are looking very attractive after do that, i love this idea, many thanks for sharing..

  55. […] Furry looking nails really aren’t my thing. And even if they were, I’d go the way of a velvet manicure instead of bar glitter. But how could I resist the prospect of trying an Essie polish that has bar […]

  56. […] DIY Velvet Nails – This textured design will bring some velvet to your fingertips! Decadent and daring…we love it! […]

  57. Meghan Alexandra says:

    Is the flocking powder clear or is the flocking powder all those tubes of color? The orange and the blue and all that. Is it colored flocking powder or what

  58. What if I apply uv gel polish instead of nail polish? Can it last longer?

    • I don’t think that would help. The real problem with the wear is the flocking powder starts to shed and simply just living life eventually ruins the flocking powder.

  59. I really like velvet and caviar nails (I change my nail designs almost daily Anyway)but I wish there was a way to make them last longer. My first caviar nail kit wasn’t $25, but still too much than I liked to pay, but it only lasted about a day. Any tips or ideas to make it last? Or do I use it as an excuse to change my design, yet again?

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