DIY Gravel Manicure

Nail Art: DIY Gravel Manicure

DIY Gravel ManicureIt’s been ages since I’ve done a DIY! Mostly that’s because nail polish trends have really gone towards creme finish polishes. Nude nails in particular have been really popular and on trend.

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!


Gravel Nail Art


And please do not do this to your nails.

But lets not forget there were some ridiculous real nail trends like the Caviar Manicure. the Shell Manicure and the Velvet Manicure.

16 thoughts on “Nail Art: DIY Gravel Manicure

  1. Stacey April 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I was totally taken in – good one! 🙂

    • Alli April 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you!

  2. LostInPolish April 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    OMG Y’all! That was a good trick! Just so close to be one of those weird trends. I think I dig this one to some of the real ones!

    • Alli April 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Right? I was looking at my nails and all I could think was “wow, this really isn’t all that worse than those shell or caviar manicures!”

  3. Shaunna April 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    completely fell for this… good one!

    • Alli April 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Yay! I’m glad I fooled a few of you 🙂

  4. Tanguera April 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Lol! I was totally believing this right up till the very end, and I was thinking to myself ” wow, I find this really ugly, so I wonder if I’m just getting too old and out of touch with the new beauty standards.”

    • Alli April 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Hahaha. Idk…sometimes I feel that way about real beauty trends!

  5. Nat April 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Yuck. Totally fooled me. I call it ‘The Belugaria Effect’. Since then I’ve been ready to believe anything…

    • Alli April 2, 2015 at 10:39 am

      I’m STILL waiting for essie to be like HAHAHAHA JK!

  6. Jen April 1, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I know this is for April Fools but… I actually kind of like how this turned out!

    • Katie April 2, 2015 at 8:06 am

      I liked it too!!

  7. Ari April 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I was totally fooled!! I’m just glad it wasn’t real!! Ha ha!

  8. joey April 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I kind of like it.

  9. lacqueredgeek April 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I kinda like it too! It could see someone incorporating it into a costume for Halloween~

    • Alli April 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

      It’d be perfect for a buried alive costume! lol

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