1.18.2013

How To: Studded Nails


Another weekend is upon us! Yes! And I hope you have fabulous plans, even if those plans include doing nothing but relaxing. How about some fabulous nails to go along with those plans? I've been asked before where I get my diy/nails/hair/outfit inspirations from, and the answer is: everywhere!  Examples: my Snakeskin Nails were inspired by the pattern on my brush cup, my Monster Mani inspiration came from Pac Man ghosts, my Wavy Striped Nails from the swirl on a Coke can, and my Ocean Waves mani came from a bottle of Tilex. Seriously. Today's inspiration comes from studded bags and clutches. I loved playing around with this in the fall, and am finally excited to share these Studded Nails. Enjoy:

studded nails inspiration
T O O L S
--polish (I used black here, but have used this with dark jewel tones, like colors of leather handbags)
--clear polish
--tiny beads (my nail sprinkles were from Sally's, but I have also used microbeads, like these used in my Caviar Nails tutorial)
--placing tool (I used this tool, but have used orange wood sticks and tweezers too)



 M E T H O D
Quick story: I grew up hanging around my Grandmother's beauty salon, so I've been a beauty fan forever, and on special occasions, my Grandmother would put a tiny rhinestone or two on my newly-painted nails. I know that sparked my nail art interest, and gave me lots of practice; therefore, I can do both hands in under five minutes. After doing this on a couple of fingers, you'll have it down pat quickly! I promise this isn't difficult! :)


Paint your nails with a clear base coat and allow to dry. Paint nails with chosen nail color and allow to dry. I used black here but have done this tutorial with polish colors like eggplant, forest green, and cranberry.


Assemble your tools close by so it will be easier and quicker to apply the beads. I carefully pour some beads into the lid (or a plate). Paint your nail with a clear coat.


Using whatever tool you'd like, take a bead and place it on the wet nail. I used a tool specifically for nail art, but have used tweezers or an orange wood stick . I also gently tap the bead to make sure it stays.


Repeat into whatever pattern you'd like. For this tutorial I had three rows of three beads, but I have done a variety of patterns/designs.


Feel free to do this as an accent nail or repeat the process on both hands. Allow to dry and that's it!

T I P S
  • Be careful if applying a clear coat on top. The beads will move if the polish you used to set the beads isn't dry.
  • I suggest using the clear coat as the "glue" to hold the beads instead of polish. I do this so it seals the polish as well as holds the beads.
  • These nails will last a fun night out or, if very careful, a couple of days.
  • Use with caution when eating with hands, hand-feeding children/animals, and other activities. Avoid this look on those days or use gloves.
  • Try different colors and designs, like one or two rows of beads, diagonals, or a diamond-shape. I've also tried this look with dark jewel tones.

Have a great weekend. Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle

59 comments:

  1. whoa. I ADORE those nails!
    I like to change my polish once a week(it's my Sunday thing!) I wanna try this. lovely!

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  2. so freakin amazing! i gotta try this! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  3. Omg, so cool! so gonna try it! thanks for the tip ^_^

    Loves,
    www.fibieelyh.blogspot.com

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  4. Ohhhhhh, I love these. I just got to find the beads over here in France. They look great though!!!!

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  5. This is such a great idea, transferring the fashion trend onto nail art, looks so cool!

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  6. Love this!! I've been obsessed with studded things lately! <33

    XO,
    http://rosychicc.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow, I love this! I'm so into studs these days and this just turned out so chic and awesome looking.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  8. This just gave me an idea, hold on, i'll be right back.

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  9. I love this tutorial and will definitely try it out but probably just as an accent nail until I get the hang of it :)

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  10. OMG how amazing is that!!! Love it!

    XOXO

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  11. How cool! I really need to set aside time for some nail art that goes beyond my basic glitter polish.

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  12. TOTALLY impressed. what patience you have! they came out great.

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  13. These are amazing - such a great tutorial! (And you give yourself a killer manicure).

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  14. your nails are always so pretty. when i saw the studded nails photo on instagram, i knew i had to see your how-to. it's really such an awesome style.

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  15. That looks so cool! I think it would take a lot of practice for me to get that down.

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  16. AH-MAZING! I saw these on Pinterest and been trying to find the perfect "studs" to create the look. This is definitely how I'd wear it... black and on all nails :)

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  17. Love this! Heading to Sally's to pick up some materials and will be recreating this! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  18. Roowr! Very cool! Finicky work, must need a very steady hand for that.

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  19. Another amazing DIY by you doll. Thanks for sharing and definitely recreating it.

    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

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  20. Love your mani! You are sooo crafty!!

    http://mymakeupcompulsion.blogspot.com.es/

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  21. BEAUTIFUL! I have got to get my hands on some microbeads!

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    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  22. how cool is this?! I love studs - gotta try this!

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  23. Wow I would never have thought to do this but it's such a cool idea! I think my hands are too shaky to be this precise but it looks awesome!

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  24. This is aWeSoMe!! Definitely giving it a go. xA

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  25. Hiya hun...thanks for your kind comment, have a great weekend!

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  26. Wow what a cool idea!! I love studded anything so this is definitely something I need to try!! Great post! So creative!!
    -Tiffany
    www.tiffanystyleblog.com

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  27. Thanks for you sweet comment on my blog! I love this tutorial, so cute! I look forward to reading more :)

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  28. Love your blog ! What about following each other? Also on bloglovin and fb if you want...just let me know :3 <3

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  29. LOVE. I need to do this and then go to a rock show.

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  30. Beautiful inspiration! I am a huge fan of studs and as I am trying to get more into the habit of painting my nails I welcome all tutorials. This is one I will definitely have to try.

    I hope you are having a great weekend.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  31. These nails look so edgy, I love it! :)
    You have a great blog!

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  32. Those nails are SO cute! I would never think of gluing on beads. Brilliant!

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  33. Hello dear!
    Lovely blog ! Nice nails!
    Do you want follow each other?
    Kisses!

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  34. This is so cool! Love the microbeads, it gives the perfect studded look that isn't OTT. Really want to try this :)

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  35. Those are so cool, I like this idea :)) Fabulous. Thanks for popping along to my blog doll, I hope you are well & have a great week to come!! xx

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  36. Wow, this is amazing! I'm impressed you say you can do this in under five minutes...it looks like it took hours. Sadly, due the amount of time I spend washing up, wiping noses/bottoms and therefore washing my hands, I don't bother painting my nails that often, much as I like to.

    Gillian x

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  37. Wow - this is awesome!!! I love the studded look on everything. Bags, shoes and nails. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  38. I love this DIY is really great. And I will really loved as elegant but also very original and fashion!

    Xoxo

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  39. that is awesome! i never would have thought of that.

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  40. Growing up in a beauty salon - that sounds incredible! This looks so great - perfect to match with all those studded accessories :)

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  41. this is AWESOME!!!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  42. cute!! i dont think i would have the skills to do that
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  43. This is awesome girl!! I wish I was talented enough to do that!!

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  44. This is SO awesome! I've never seen anything like this before, it's impressive!

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  45. this is a fun manicure, and i think it looks awesome!! nice job on them!

    rockoomph.blogspot.com

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