Mardi Gras (Tutorial)

February 10, 2013


What you'll need:
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Caviar beads (and something to catch excess beads)
- Polishes: gold, white, purple, green, black, gold glitter, green glitter, mixed glitter
- Black paint
- Detail brush
- Dotting tools (small and lightly bigger)

Start by applying a base coat.

Thumb & Index - Gold
Middle - Purple
Ring - White
Thumb - Gold
Pinky - Mixed Glitter (preferably purple/green/gold)

(For the mixed glitter polish I chose Glastonbury by Nails Inc
- it is perfect for Mardi Gras - mixed gold, purple & green glitter)

Paint green and purple stripes on either side of gold (Mardi Gras flag)

Using black paint outline a mask shape

Then add green and purple feathers above the mask

And using a dotting tool, place small green and purple dots around the mask

Make sure all the polish is dry, then go over the mask shape with black polish, and quickly pour caviar beads onto the nail (tap off any loose beads)

Using a dotting tool + green, purple & gold polished, create bead necklaces across the nail

Using a dotting tool + gold glitter & green glitter, add random or patterned dots

Finish with top coat


Products used:
Caviar beads - Black & Blue Caviar by MUA
Base coat - Nail Envy by OPI
Top coat - Good To Go by Essie
White - Alpine Snow by OPI
Gold - Gold by Barry M
Purple - Bright Purple by Barry M
Green - Green by Barry M
Black - Onyx Black by Maybelline
Black (paint) - Black acrylic paint by Wilko
Purple/Gold/Green Glitter - Glastonbury by Nails Inc
Gold Glitter - Chelsea Embankment by Nails Inc
Green Glitter - Green Glitter by Barry M

To watch the video tutorial for this design visit:


And if you try this design, I would love to see photos on Instagram or Twitter (@NatalieNicoll #BoomNailArt)

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