Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Everlasting Emerald

I have an exciting post today! I was talking with the lovely Winnie of The RAWR Shop last week and we decided to do an emerald themed nail art day with a few other wonderful nail bloggers. Emerald was announced as the Pantone Color of The Year for 2013. Beautiful emerald hues will be popping up everywhere this year and I couldn't be happier- I love rich and verdant greens!

I took a literal approach to interpreting the emerald theme. I saw an awesome manicure and tutorial posted by the very talented Kelly of BASE COAT TOP COAT that totally blew my mind so I knew that I needed to try it out. I thought that this realistic faceted stone look would be very difficult to create but it actually wasn't too bad! It was just a lot of trial and error, and layering of polish until I was happy with the results :)

I followed Kelly's tutorial pretty closely for the emerald stone nails. I applied the colours straight from their polish brushes using American Apparel Hunter, OPI Jade is the New Black, OPI Green-Wich Village, and black and white striping polishes. I did the outlines last using American Apparel Gold Flash and a striping brush. On the rest of the nails I used American Apparel Hassid. For the index finger I used a dotting tool and American Apparel Gold Flash to make the cross, topping each dot off with a green rhinestone.

Head over to these talented ladies' blogs to see some more beautiful emerald manicures!

What do you think of the colour emerald? Link or tweet me your gorgeous green manicures! (@preciouspolish)



  1. Whitney Swiedler8 January 2013 at 13:28

    gahhh SO PRETTY!

  2. My goodness!! This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Thanks again for the awesome invite, love!!!! <3

  3. Yun, The Polish Hideout8 January 2013 at 20:01

    Oh wow, such a beautiful mani! :-)

    ~ Yun

  4. Brittney! Yours looks incredible!! In love with it! :D

  5. Aww this is so pretty! Love it! <33


  6. Priscilla NailArt10 January 2013 at 03:23

    So pretty ! I need to try this emerald manicure

  7. Thank you, Winnie! Hey, your tweet was the inspiration for it all! :D

  8. Nail Art Couture12 January 2013 at 00:09

    OMG I was about to do something like this last night but it was an EPIC fail!! haha this is so much better!

  9. Haha noooo, I bet yours was awesome! Your realistic manicures are always top notch! :)

  10. This is absolutly magical... I do love this emerald green