When I saw that OPI was releasing Liquid Sand nail polish (that according to them was GROUNDBREAKING 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 going in a different direction. Sure, Liquid Sand nail polish is creating a texture but it doesn’t require sprinkling craft beads or flocking powder over wet polish. This texture happens right out of the bottle.
At first I was thrown but I was determined to figure out a way to DIY the “Liquid Sand” texture. I went through more than a few failures. But I finally came up with a method that I was happy with and I love the results.
This does take a bit of time and patience but I think the results are worth it. For a full set of instructions check below the jump!
- A nail polish of your choice. (I used NYC Flat Iron Green)
- Embossing powder. I purchased mine at Michael’s for around $3. I used white which seems to work well with most colors.
- Something to catch the excess embossing powder (I used foil).
- Working with one nail at a time apply one coat of nail polish.
- Sprinkle the embossing powder over the wet polish and gently pat the embossing powder so it adheres to the wet polish.
- Shake of the excess. The embossing powder will stick to your skin and cuticles as well to the nail to rinse the embossing powder off under cold water.
- Let the polish dry so that the embossing powder doesn’t come off when you gently rub your finger over the nail.
- Apply another, fairly thin coat of nail polish and let dry.
That’s it! It takes a bit of time and patience the first time around but once you do it a couple of times it doesn’t take long.
If you want to make this an even more authentic Liquid Sand manicure add some sparse chunky glitter.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the latest textured manicure crazy and whether or not you’ll be giving this a shot!