Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fish Egg Manicure

Today's manicure is the entirely impractical Caviar slash Fish Egg manicure... I like to call it "Tiny Bubbles" because that's pretty much what it looks like! I got the microbeads from Michaels (on sale, too! - Regular $11.99 for a pack of 6 colours, 50% off this week) - check the scrapbooking section. 

To apply a fish egg manicure, start with one coat of your base colour (I used Essie Smooth Sailing). Once dry, apply a second coat of medium thickness. Immediately pour microbeads on the wet nail, over some sort of container to catch the loose ones (which can be reused). Gently pat the beads into the wet polish with your finger, and pour some more beads to fill in any empty spots. Do one nail at a time. When finished, add a clear top coat at the tip of your nail to help prevent beads from coming loose. 

I would recommend against putting a top coat over your entire nail. You will loose the texture and shine of the beads, plus they will be a pain to remove. when I was ready to remove the beads, I used a metal cuticle pusher to gently scrape them off, and used acetone to take off the remainder. It was easy!

These photos were taken the day after I did this, and you can see that some of the beads have fallen off (but not many). Although I do love the way this looks, the feel of added thickness to my nails weirded me out, plus I felt handicapped when it came to certain things like opening packages and peeling stickers off of my produce (lol). I will try this out again, but only for special occasions. I have since removed the beads from my nails, and I am finding them everywhere... in my bed, nestled in my hair, in my food... yikes! lol

Thanks for reading,


  1. Haha I just cannot get into this trend but I love looking at the pictures of the manicures! I really like the colors you chose!

  2. Wooooooow ! I like this look too much :)
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