Textured Nails? Yes Please!

Following O.P.I.’s Liquid Sand, textured polish has become somewhat of a trend as far as nails are concerned. First we had velvet nails, then caviar nails and now it’s all about the granulated textures.

You do not have to splurge to achieve a textured look though! Here are two easy peasy methods you can employ to achieve the latest nail look!

The first one is probably the easiest and less messy one…just get a textured sponge (the hexagon ones made for nail art), some nail polish and start having fun!

  • After applying your base coat follow with a base colour of your choice and leave to dry until it is still just a little bit tacky.
  • Proceed with applying another colour (or the same one if you so desire) to the sponge, and gently press your nail onto it. Repeat if necessary to achieve the perfect texture.
  • Clean the cuticle with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover and you’re good to go!

For the second method, you will need a regular nail polish and some embossing powder that you can either buy off the internet or from craft stores. Here’s how to use it!

  • Start with a base coat to protect your natural nails and help the polish adhere better; follow with a slightly thick coat of a nail polish of your choice.
  • While the polish is still wet, dip your finger into the embossing powder and gently press the powder down with the opposite finger pad to ensure it sticks to the polish.
  • By means of a fan brush, dust away any excess powder back into the container.
  • Allow to dry and add a second (thinner) coat of the same nail polish if you use clear embossing powder. Alternatively, you can use powder the same colour as your polish and skip the second coat. That’s it you’re done!

No top coat is needed for this kind of ‘nail art’ otherwise the effect is ruined. Have fun experimenting with different colour combinations!