This is my favourite style of nail art I like to apply on special occasions. Although I don't need an excuse to get my nail bling on. Its beautiful looks opulent artistic unique and professional. Adding Bindis (beautiful Indian face gems) to your nails as nail art is a great way to get an opulent look without the long length of time it take for atrip to a nail studio plus there are not many nails studios that offer this style of classy look without a high price tag. Personally I think this classy look works well with a natural nail however acrylic or gel nails shaped into an oval shape can work just as well and the Bindis will last longer. If you have ridges, overgrown cuticle or dry skin you will need a full on manicure or else this look wont look it's best.
What you will need
An antique Gold or Ross gold pearlised nail polish
A base coat
A good nail glue
A good quality top coat
Several packs of your favourite Bindis ( I used a burgundy colour with gems and some gold with rhinestones
1 - Prepare your hands and nails
- remove old polish
- push back & remove cuticle
- file nails
- exfoliate hands with scrub
- Buff nails
- moisturiser hands
-moisturiser cuticles with oil
- remove excess oil off nail plate with cotton pad and polish remover
2- Apply Base coat
- in 3 strokes, centre left & right ( from cuticle down the nail to tip
- Remove any base coat mistakes off skin using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover & blotted
- leave to dry for about 3-5 minures
3- Apply 2 coats of gold polish
- Dip the brush and remove excess polish by wiping on bottle rim
- apply in 3 strokes , centre, left and right, (cuticle down to tip)
-Touch up mistakes with cotton bud
-Leave to dry 3-5 minutes
-apply second coat and leave to dry
WHEN DRYING - do not shake or wave hands and do not blow on them. It only causes air bubbles to form under the polish and takes away from the perfected effect.
4- Apply glue & bindis
- choose which nails you want your Bindis to be on. If it's just one feature nail or alternated nails, make your decision and stick to it. You can't change your mind once the glue is applied.
- Have your Bindis rhinestones and gems ready to use, removed from the packs or bags they came in
-use Tweezers, nail art picker uppers (I'm that used to it I just use my fingers)
- For the longer Bindis apply glue all over the nail, then add smaller Bindis gems or rhinestones around it.
- For small Bindis gems or rhinestones add blobs to the nail where you want your art to be placed.
- Once glue is on leave it a few seconds to get tacky so the bindi has a texurised surface to stick to.
- get your art on as soon as possible. It will stick quickly do font mess around once it is on and setting
5- Setting Your Nail Art
- Apply glue over the top, brush it on and let it dry.
-Apply a coat of good shiny thick top coat and leave to dry
- you can add another layer of top coat later on if you want.
I add another about an hour later
6- Extra Tips
This style is meant for special occasion, Photoshoot or weekend nails only meaning they won't last too long unless you have a cured gel top coat that's set under a UV nail light/ dryer.
- These are special occasion so ensure you have showered, moisturised, Tanned and done your hair before hand.
- If you get longer than the weekend out of then lucky you.
- When applying art like this I find asymmetrical works best, Gets you being creative and looks more interesting. I'm the kind of person that like symmetry usually but I love how you can make each nail look unique whilst still fitting in with the other nails.
Enjoy getting creative!