Welcome to my third annual Beach Week! I'll be sharing ideas and tips for nails, hair, and makeup. I think you'll enjoy it, and there will be something for everyone. Just wait and see! First up, I have a cute nail tutorial: Sandy Sea Nails. Enjoy.
N e e d:
Sand or salt or sugar
Nail brush, optional
Paint a coat of whatever blue you'd like your "sea" to be and allow to dry.
Decide how much "sand" you'd like and then paint a sand-colored shade of polish.
I used a brush (actually an ELF concealer brush) here.
While polish is still wet, sprinkle sand. I used salt here.
Gently pat down the sand and blow away any excess.
- This nail idea started years ago with a school project, where I used paint and salt instead to recreate "authentic" sea and sand for a map. The nails remind me of that--looking down at a map from above. Over the years I've used sand (playground sand is best), salt, and sugar. Beads, like those used in caviar nails, can be used if desired.
- I like using salt or sugar as opposed to beads because it makes it more kid/pet-friendly--just in case loved ones somehow come into contact with your nails.
- Try this on just the tips or you can reverse it.
- There's no need for sand--just used the beige and blue polishes and paint the sand and sea.
- I tried to keep this tutorial easy and realistic, but if you're feeling fancy, feel free to use more shades of blue or beige. I did this with the other nails.
- A clear top coat can be used to seal the nail art, but the effect doesn't look as realistic.
- This look is great for an event or you can expect it to last a day or two without a top coat.
- Instead of blue, try mint.
- Try it on just one nail, or as a pedi. I did this for a pool party recently on my big toe and painted the rest blue. It was cute!
How was your weekend?
Any beach visits this summer?