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How to DIY Caviar Manicure Beads Nails -

How to DIY Caviar Manicure Beads Nails

| On 27, Apr 2012

I’m sure you have already heard about Ciate’s Caviar Manicure. I was intrigued by the idea of it and honestly, they look really fun and different from anything I seen before.

I tried to get the Ciate Caviar Manicure set, but they were all sold out quickly and most of the on line stores don’t even ship to Finland. But luckily, I stumbled upon these DIY tutorials, where you can re-create this look with a smaller budget.

DIY Caviar Manicure nails

Fashion Nails "Magic Sandy Copper", microbeads "Orange"

What you’ll need:

1. Microbeads – you can pick these up from any nail supplies store. I ordered my online.

2. Nail polish color – You may already have plenty of these at home. If not, go hook yourself up with some real nice polishes!

3. Clear top coat – I used Seche Vite, because it dries fast and it’s clear. We’re going to use this to seal the beads in place.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, Fashion Nails "Magic Sandy Copper"

Microbeads "Orange"

How to do:

1. First, paint your nails with your chosen color. Choose the fingers that you want to put the microbeads on. Keep in mind, that you shouldn’t let those nails dry completely. You want them to be sticky enough, so the beads could stick on your nails.

2. Apply the beads on the nails. There are 2 methods to do this; you can pour the beads directly on your nail. Or do it like I did – dip your nail into the beads container, so the microbeads would stick on your nail.

I find that, if you’re doing the second method, the beads will be more closely attached on your nail. But if you like them to be more separate, you can just pour them on your nail.

After applying the beads on your nail, secure them by pushing them in gently, so the beads would really stay in place.

DIY Caviar Manicure Nails

DIY Caviar Manicure Nails

3. Apply top coat to seal the beads in place and giving it a glossy look.

If there’s a gap in between the beads, which will happen, try to fill in those gaps by adding a bead in them, after you have put on the top coat. Then put on another coat, to secure the beads one more time. I like to apply at least 3 coats of this, so the beads would really stay on.

From my experience, these Caviar Manicure nails will last 1- 2 days top. I was really afraid of doing anything with my hands for the first few hours after got them done. But if your nails have fully dry, then you don’t need to worry about them.

DIY Caviar Manicure Nails



  1. Jordan

    this is my favorite color i’ve seen so far! it’s gorgeous- great post :)

    Jordan xx – Boho Vanity Giveaway -

    • Thanks for visiting! Yeah, Im very pleased how the beads matches well with the nail polish too :)

  2. ChelseaMorganBeauty

    Wow …this is really neat! I love the way it looks! Very pretty! You have a lovely blog Luv…following! :)

    • Yay, glad that you like it! Im already following you… ;)

  3. Tine

    I agree with Jordan; this is my favourite colour of the lot of DIY caviar manicures I’ve seen. Good job! :)

  4. Reena

    I have been searching on caviar nail designs to apply a DIY. This one is gorgeous, very chic and classy! I love how each beads were placed very neat and organized.

    • Awww thanks for the comment ;) hopes this tutorial help you to create some awesome nails!

      • Reena

        Guess what, I did it! I followed every detail and I’m loving it. Even its kinda hard putting the beads in place, but sure did payed for it. Pretty! thanks.

        • Hehe congrats! Yeah they are bit tricky at first.. but when you do them the second time, it’ll be a piece of cake.

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