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Midnight Metallic Nail Tutorial

For the holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite festive articles from the Beautylish archive. Enjoy!
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For the holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite festive articles from the Beautylish archive. Enjoy!

We're completely crazed for spots this season! Some Beauties love their polka-dot nails in vibrant, creamy neons, but we thought the trend needed a darker, richer twist for fall. To create a patterned nail design that complements the plush fabrics and saturated colors of the season, we paired gilded metallics with navy, arguably fall's hottest shade. Try this incredibly easy Midnight Metallic manicure for a seriously glam night out!

What You'll Need

  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Professional Nail Polish in 420 Midnight Blue

  2. Milani Jewel FX Nail Lacquer in 531 Gold

  3. Milani Jewel FX Nail Lacquer in 533 Silver

  4. Myface Cosmetics Lil'Bling Nail Chrome in Gilt-y

  5. Myface Cosmetics Lil'Bling Nail Chrome in Silver Screen  

  6. Duri Rejuvacote Base CoatSeche Vite Top Coat, a ballpoint sculpting tool, and toothpicks

Step 1

BASE AND BLUE

Apply your favorite base coat and wait for it to dry. Then apply two coats of creamy deep navy polish. Let dry completely.


Step 2

GET SPOTTY

When your nails are dry, pour a gold metallic nail polish onto a sheet of foil or plastic wrap. Dip your ballpoint sculpting tool into the gold hue. Press four to six polka dots randomly on each nail. Allow the dots to dry for three minutes.


Step 3

MAGNIFY THE METALLIC

Wipe off your ballpoint sculpting tool, then pour silver metallic polish onto the same sheet of foil or plastic wrap. Dip your tool into the silver color. Press silver polka dots into empty spots on the nail. Allow the silver dots to dry for three minutes.

Step 4

GO FOR GLITTER

When your metallic dots are dry, pour gold and silver glitter nail polishes onto the foil or plastic wrap. Use a toothpick (or a pair of fine-point tweezers) to pick up individual pieces of glitter and apply them randomly to the nail, overlapping some with metallic dots for a 3-D effect. Use as much—or as little—glitter as you want.

Step 5

GLOSS OVER

When nails are completely dry, give them a good glossy topcoat. This sparkling and artistic manicure is ready for the drama of fall.