Friday, January 04, 2013

Underwater Treasure

Happy 2013! I took a bit of a break from posting but here's my first post of the new year. To kick things off I wanted to go a bit brighter since the holidays ended with a lot of dark metallics and glitters. I've seen a lot of cool manicures that use micro beads to frame rhinestones so I wanted to try that out as well. I went with an underwater colour palette, trying to emulate water by using the watercolour technique. I added a touch of gold and sparkle for some deep sea treasure :P

I started with American Apparel Office. I used the watercolour technique to apply American Apparel American Denim, American Apparel The Valley, and American Apparel T-Shirt on top. I used topcoat to adhere the large rhinestones, and outlined them with gold micro beads, followed by iridescent blue hex glitter. I also added a row of the glitter around the cuticle of the rest of the nails.

Working with the micro beads and loose glitter was tedious but I kind of like the result. Have you worked with them before? Link me in the comments below or tweet me your creations! (@preciouspolish)



  1. Yun, The Polish Hideout4 January 2013 at 15:24

    Oooh I just love turquoise manis, and this one is so pretty! I like the rhinestones you added. It gives a vintage feel to the mani. :-)

    ~ Yun

  2. Whitney Swiedler4 January 2013 at 16:20

    shut up, these are so pretty.

  3. Ooh so pretty! I really like how your accents turned out!

  4. This looks awesome, Brittney! I love the subtly rippling watercolor background (such pretty blues!), and the accent stones are really cool. Fabulous job, girl!

  5. I love water color nails! These are beautiful!

  6. Thanks, Yun! Oooo, the rhinestone is quite vintage-y! You've given me a great idea :D

  7. These are sooo pretty! The water color effect is so delicate, it really looks like watercolors. Also those gem thingies are super cute on the accent nails! Good job (as usual). :)