It seems every time summer rolls around textured manicures make their way back into the conversation. This summer’s textured manicures are really earthy and natural.
Luckily this is a really easy and inexpensive look to recreate at home. All you need is a brownish gray nail polish (I used OPI You Don’t Know Jacques) and Chunky Embossing Powder in a similar color (I got aged silver). Make sure to the embossing powder is labeled chunky to get the most realistic looking gravel nails. I picked mine up at Michaels but similar products can be found on Amazon.
To achieve the gravel nails look all you have to do is apply one coat of your base color and let that dry. Next apply a thick coat of your base color one nail at a time and dip your finger into the Chunky Embossing Powder jar (much like you’re digging in gravel). Lift your finger out of the jar and while still holding your hand over the jar press the chunks into your nail polish base and brush away the excess (a fan brush from a nail art set works really well for this).
Now, obviously this is a short term manicure. It’ll last for a night out (be careful not to rip your clothes though!) but the “gravel” pieces won’t hold for much longer than that. Certainly don’t try to wash your hair or really do much of anything with your hands while rocking (see what I did there) this look.
Make sure to check out my gravel manicure under the jump and let me know what you think about the gravel nails trend!
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!
And please do not do this to your nails.