‘Caviar’ or Microbead manicure + tutorial!

April 1, 2012

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This isn’t April Fools! Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the “Caviar Manicure” which was developed by British nail polish company Ciate. Obviously its name comes from its appearance. However, the name sounds a little gross to me, and I’d prefer to call it a “microbead manicure” because that’s exactly what it is: microbeads on a nail polish base. Their version costs $25 for a bottle of nail polish and a bottle of beads. This is my version. At MSRP, it should have cost me $11.99. But with coupons/discounts, this cost me $8, including a bottle of nail polish I’ve had over a year…so that doesn’t even count (Subtract $5!). If you’d like the real version, though, it hits Sephora this month.

I’ve decided to do a tutorial on how I did it. It’s my first time doing it, so bear with me! It got a little sloppy as my nail polish started getting thick from the A/C :(

‘Caviar’ or ‘Microbead’ Manicure Tutorial


So, as mentioned, you’ll need microbeads! I found these at Michael’s, but you can get these from anywhere. Just watch out for the size though. I recommend these as Michael’s has 40% and 50% off coupons really frequently so this set was only about $3. Michael’s also has a full color set for the same price.

You’ll also need your favorite base coat, as well as a base color. The cool thing about this is that your base color doesn’t have to exactly match your beads. You can also mix your beads for a multi-colored look. It’s highly customizable. And again, I don’t recommend a top coat (I’ll explain why later.)

Da Steps

So here is the play-by-play (I promise it is super simple)!:

Step 1: First paint your nails using your favorite base coat. Proceed to paint only one coat of your base color.
Step 2: From here, you need to do your nails one at a time. Paint your first nail with your second coat of your base color. Holding your finger over the tray, pour your beads over that finger. Use another finger to press the beads into the polish, as well as to remove excess beads. Repeat with each finger, one-by-one.

Da End!

Aaaand, you’re FINISHED! I told you it was simple. From here, you can choose whether or not you’d like to use a top coat to seal your beads or not. The thing is, if you do so, it’ll probably look like actual caviar/disgusting since it fills in the crevices. Take a look at my thumb in the final picture. It’s gross. Eww. Don’t do it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now two things: 1) Would you wear this look? and 2) Would you like me to do more tutorials? Please let me know in a comment!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

natalie April 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

this is the one nail trend i havent tried, it looks pretty cool though! i’d love to see more tutorials of the other colors you got. Arent they a pain though? like do they fall off and go everywhere?


Melanie April 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I actually am not sure if they fall off cause I kept picking at them…hahaha. They did end up all over my bed though….it felt like crumbs in my sheets, lol. But yeah! I’ll definitely try out other color combos, but I can’t for another month cause school has me busy/I left the beads in Miami. Lol.


PixelHazard April 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

It looks like those candies. Does it last long?

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Melanie April 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Haha, it totally does look like candy! I’m not sure if it lasts long, because I started picking them off all the time, hahahaha. My nails never got completely bare but I made it looks so bad after two days. It also depends on how soon you can get the beads on your nail/how thick your polish is so that your beads can really be set into the polish.


Jenmarie April 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

It does look like candy! What a fun look!


Melanie April 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hahaha, yeah, it totally does! :) Thank you!


Dianna May 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

this looks like candy!


Dianna May 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Oh wait someone already said that.


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