Fish-egg nails

I did this 'fish-egg' mani earlier this year before I had this very blog, and thought I'd share it. It's well known, within the blogging world particularly, that there was a little, umm, misunderstanding, about a similar manicure supposedly created by a certain brand. But that's a story for another time. I thought I'd bring you little ways with which you can get this quirky look from the comfort of your own home.

I started off by using a a basecoat of Rimmel's Nail Rescue, before painting on a coat of Collection 2000 'Lasting Colour' in 'Liquorice'- a shiny black polish. This polish actually only needs one coat to be opaque, but if you use a different black nail polish, it doesn't matter if you don't get perfect coverage as any imperfections will be covered up by the beads.

I bought some 'fish-egg' beads from an arts and crafts seller on Ebay called Goldleaf craft designs (you can find the exact ones here). As they were only £1.99 for a bag, I bought them in black for this manicure, but also in 'Blue Denim'- a beautiful mixture of blues, purples and white, and also 10p cheaper than the black beads- although I am yet to try the latter.

Although the bag full of beads seems quite small, if you think about how many you're actually putting on your nails you can get many wears out of it, so it's quite handy to have around if you did want to try it again.

When the first coat of black polish was dry, I painted on another coat, but only one nail at a time as you need to pour some of the beads over your nail while the polish is still wet so when it does dry, the beads are stuck into place.

It does get a bit messy, so make sure you have a small tub underneath your hand to catch any beads that go astray- I actually ended up pouring some of the beads into a small tub and instead of sprinkling them on top of the nail, I dipped my nail into the tub- this way also gives better coverage and makes sure they are more firmly stuck.

When the beads are on the nail, press them down firmly with your finger just to make sure they are securely in place. I used some clear nail varnish only on the tip of my nail to seal it a bit, but didn't want to cover my whole nail with a clear top coat in case it ruined it.

This look is really fun to do, despite the fact that it only lasted about a day (although there are more than enough beads to keep re-doing your nails). I can't wait to try out the blue beads now!


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