Step 1: THE NEED FOR BEAD
The first step was gathering the materials. Immediately, those tiny beaded rainbow sprinkles came to mind--how perfect they would be for re-creating the micro bead look! Obviously. I totally underestimated how hard it would be to find them, however, as FOUR supermarkets later, I walked out of a Food Emporium with the last remaining jar. And an impulse hot-pink sugar Crystal sprinkle purchase. Next on my list was sticky agents: eyelash glue, Jewel-it embellishing glue, and tools: mini makeup brushes from Duane Reade, and tiny plastic pain containers, not to mention and my back-up plan of mini seed beads (Beads of Paradise). I had a feeling that the seed beads would be a tad large for this project, but hey, I figured I'd try it.
diy nail fail
Step 3: PINK STINKS
With my base color painted, (left hand only, of course), I applied a thin layer of the Jewel-It glue and dropped on a pinch of sprinkles. They scattered everywhere. I added more glue. A few stuck on, but as soon I added more, the rest would tumble. Note to DIY'ers: Rainbow sprinkles are definitely too heavy. Determined to at least get a photo out of this project I began to add each sprinkle individually with a tweezer to each nail. Gross.
Step 4: SEEDS OF HOPE
Next up, seed beads. With attempt number one wiped away and my hands still extremely sticky, I began to apply the black seed beads, dipped in Jewel-It glue, one at a time. The result? As one co-worker pointed out, it looked like I had ants sitting on my nails. Nail fail once again.
Step 5: CAVIAR DREAMS
Finally, perhaps due to the fumes of the acetone (nail polish remover) I thought I'd try the most literal translation of the caviar manicure. Yes folks. Caviar, aka the Tobiko from my sushi dinner. Gross, I know, but with nail art dominating the internet I bet there's something worse out there… Polish and bedazzling can only go so far.