Thursday, June 4, 2015

Stone Nail Art with Elevation Polish Grand Teton Sunset

Good morning, readers! I have a fun mani to share with you that I wore last week. @Stylish_mom on Instagram posted a tutorial for "Stone Nail Design" using acrylic paint and silver flakes and I just had to try it right away! I've been wanting to try the watercolor technique with acrylic paint ever since I bought some but haven't gotten around to it until now. My base color is Elevation Polish Grand Teton Sunset so I'm not sure how much this looks like a stone in real life--but I sure loved wearing it.

  • I started out with two coats of Elevation Polish Grand Teton Sunset and let dry. This has built in top coat and is a bit more purple than my photos are showing. Look at how different the final nail color is compared to the bottle--adding my own top coat at the end made it darker. 
  • Once that was dry, I used white and black acrylic paints thinned down with water to make veins in the stone. While they were still wet, I went back in with a dry nail art brush and soaked up the paint so only the outlines were staying on the nail. 
  • After I was happy with the white and black, I painted random sections of the nails with Elevation Polish Pitaraq, Elevation Polish East London, and OPI Pure (white gold flake topper). These different shimmers and flakes added interest that you may see in actual stone. 
  • I used one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top to seal everything in.

What do you think of this look? I wish my camera wasn't pulling so far blue on this mani, it was definitely purple in person. Thanks so much for reading!

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  1. This stone effect is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and explaining how to achieve this look. Absolutely stunning!

  2. Your mani is beautiful! Wonderful how you made the stone-like effect. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is just wonderful. I'm going to copy this as soon as I possibly can, lol!