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Textured Nail Trends: DIY Tips for Sand, Suede, Caviar, and Velvet Manis

Textured Nail Trends: DIY Tips for Sand, Suede, Caviar, and Velvet Manis

05.29.13

By Elma

Anastasia Fete, the formulist behind Lac Attack nail lacquers shares DIY tips on how to create some of the most popular textured nail polish trends.

Anastasia is an accomplished formulist, residing in the Washington DC area where she uses her spare time to create the magical nail lacquers that her company, Lac Attack, is famous for. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University majoring in both Cognitive Sciences and International Studies.

Click through these next pages for four fantastic texture tutorials!

  • Sand

    The most recent, and extremely popular, take on textures is the gritty "sand" finish.OPI kickstarted this trend when they introduced the Liquid Sand™ finish in their Mariah Carey collection, and they continue to add new versions to their upcoming collections.Zoya and China Glaze are also releasing their take on the trend with new summer collections. For budget-friendly options, check out Milani's new Texture colors or Julie G's Frosted Gumdrops collection.

    To recreate this look at home, simply sprinkle embossing powder (found at any craft store) over wet nail polish, and top with a second layer of your colored varnish. Skip topcoat to maintain the textured feel! For extended directions, see The Daily Varnish's tutorial.

    [Photo courtesy of Boombastic Nails]

    SLIDE 1 OF 4
  • Caviar/Microbead

    This mani is created using microbeads covering the nail, creating the look of caviar or bubbles. Last year, companies like Ciate and Layla Cosmetics introduced microbead texture kits alongside DIY nail blog versions. Models Own is reinvigorating the look by introducing a set of neon-colored beads for the summer - Artstix Nail Beads. Drugstores also seem to be carrying more affordable versions of these sets by various companies.

    Easily recreate this look using microbeads, which you can purchase in a specialty manicure set or at your local craft store. Simply paint on a coat of wet polish, then coat the nail with microbeads. Lightly press down on the beads to ensure they hold. Top coat may help the beads stay in place, but keep in mind this manicure is not designed for long-term wear.

    [Photo courtesy of The Nailasaurus]

    SLIDE 2 OF 4
  • Velvet

    Flocking powder, also known as crushed velvet by some companies, is the key to this texture. Similar to the microbead texture, colored flocking powder is sprinkled over a coat of wet polish. The finished look is that of velvet or fine fur; very fun!

    [Photo courtesy of The Polishaholic]

    SLIDE 3 OF 4
  • Matte Suede

    This effect has been around longer than most other trends. When matte, nail polish is no longer glossy and shiny, but flat and soft. A matte finish is great if you want to try texture but aren't a fan of 3D nails! You can use varnishes that are specially formulated to dry with a suede matte finish, like OPI Ink Suede or ManGlaze. Alternately, you can finish your mani using a matte topcoat, such as Essie's Matte About You

    [Photo courtesy of Chalkboard Nails]

    SLIDE 4 OF 4
  • Sand

    The most recent, and extremely popular, take on textures is the gritty "sand" finish.OPI kickstarted this trend when they introduced the Liquid Sand™ finish in their Mariah Carey collection, and they continue to add new versions to their upcoming collections.Zoya and China Glaze are also releasing their take on the trend with new summer collections. For budget-friendly options, check out Milani's new Texture colors or Julie G's Frosted Gumdrops collection.

    To recreate this look at home, simply sprinkle embossing powder (found at any craft store) over wet nail polish, and top with a second layer of your colored varnish. Skip topcoat to maintain the textured feel! For extended directions, see The Daily Varnish's tutorial.

    [Photo courtesy of Boombastic Nails]

  • Caviar/Microbead

    This mani is created using microbeads covering the nail, creating the look of caviar or bubbles. Last year, companies like Ciate and Layla Cosmetics introduced microbead texture kits alongside DIY nail blog versions. Models Own is reinvigorating the look by introducing a set of neon-colored beads for the summer - Artstix Nail Beads. Drugstores also seem to be carrying more affordable versions of these sets by various companies.

    Easily recreate this look using microbeads, which you can purchase in a specialty manicure set or at your local craft store. Simply paint on a coat of wet polish, then coat the nail with microbeads. Lightly press down on the beads to ensure they hold. Top coat may help the beads stay in place, but keep in mind this manicure is not designed for long-term wear.

    [Photo courtesy of The Nailasaurus]

  • Velvet

    Flocking powder, also known as crushed velvet by some companies, is the key to this texture. Similar to the microbead texture, colored flocking powder is sprinkled over a coat of wet polish. The finished look is that of velvet or fine fur; very fun!

    [Photo courtesy of The Polishaholic]

  • Matte Suede

    This effect has been around longer than most other trends. When matte, nail polish is no longer glossy and shiny, but flat and soft. A matte finish is great if you want to try texture but aren't a fan of 3D nails! You can use varnishes that are specially formulated to dry with a suede matte finish, like OPI Ink Suede or ManGlaze. Alternately, you can finish your mani using a matte topcoat, such as Essie's Matte About You

    [Photo courtesy of Chalkboard Nails]

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