Champagne wishes and caviar dreams? Now the luxe lifestyle immortalized by Robin Leach comes to your nails, in the form of a caviar manicure. This novel roe-reminiscent texture is the talk of the town, and it looks ultra-opulent! Unfortunately the extravagant finish comes with an equally steep price tag, so we went in search of some low-cost alternatives. Lo and behold, we discovered a way to recreate the baubled effect without denting your wallet.
Opaque nail polish (no shimmer)
Clear micro beads (available at most craft stores—we snagged our jar for three dollars!)
First, apply a clear base coat on completely bare nails. Next, apply one coat of no-shimmer white polish (a thinner formula is best) onto your nails and let them dry. We chose white, but you can use any color with the clear beads.
COAT AND CAVIAR
Apply a generous second coat of color to one hand, and let the polish get tacky for 10 seconds. Then, over a sheet of paper, a cup, or a plastic tray, pour the microbeads over your nail bed, ensuring you coat the entire surface of your nail bed like glitter over glue.
When each nail is entirely covered, use the pad of your finger to press and secure the caviar beads. Repeat this on your other hand.
Pour the excess beads back into the jar to save for later, then apply a tiny drop of top coat along your nail tip to seal the caviar. The look should last two or three days before the beads start to fall. Black-tie nails at a bargain price—you can’t beat it!