Monday, July 15, 2013

How To: Caviar Nails

Hello my super lovely readers! As promised, here is nail art tutorial post for you guys. I missed doing nail art tutorials, and I have a few more in line just for you so please watch out for those. For today, I wanted to show you how to achieve caviar nails in a budget.

Caviar nails had been a fad for a while, and before the day that I tried I didn't understand why, but now I know. It looks really unique and it's super fun to create and to look at (at least for me). Anyway, the gorgeous Jackie of Fab Beau Lusst gave this to me to try out and I am really loving it.

Yes, it is a dupe for the famous Ciate Caviar Manicure, but it actually works the same way. This kit is for only ₱150 and here's what's included:

You have the nail polish, the beads, a small funnel and is enclosed in a plastic tray.

If you do not have the budget to purchase this kit, use whatever nail polish you have and purchase a bottle of beads in bookstore/handcrafts store. I am not quite sure about the price, but I don't think it will cost you more than ₱50. This way, you can also choose the size of the beads, but I wouldn't suggest bigger beads because it wouldn't look as good, that's my opinion though.

Now let's go into the tutorial:

1. Apply a base coat to protect your natural nails, it is recommended but not required. Then, apply a coat of the nail polish and let dry.
2. Once your nails are dry, apply the second coat. I advise to work one nail at a time, since the nail polish will serve as your glue for the beads.
3. Upon applying the second coat of nail polish, pour or sprinkle the beads straight from the bottle working as fast as you can. Make sure to use the tray the catch the excess beads.

4. Lightly press the beads into your nails. If there are areas that were not covered, pick the beads by pressing your finger into it (this will make the beads stick into your finger pad) and gently press them in the area where you need it.
5. Using a brush, or your finger, remove the excess beads.
6. You may or may not apply top coat, it's up to you. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes for the beads to completely adhere to your nails.

Ofcourse, you have to clean up. Using the small funnel, transfer back the excess beads into the bottle. Be sure to work slowly and carefully to avoid making a mess.

Here's the finished nail:

I tried it out with one nail first, but the day after I did it to all my nails and it looked fantastic!

I hope this has been helpful! If you wanted to try out caviar nails and you don't want to spend hundreds or even thousands of pesos to do it, make sure to check out Fab Beau Lusst's Facebook page. They offer different colors of this set so you would have a lot to choose from.

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any other questions, suggestions, requests, please do not forget to leave a comment below. More review and tutorials coming your way so do not forget to follow my blog. Have a great day ahead, and as always, goodluck!

-- Maica :)


  1. KittykatmiyawJuly 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I have yet to try this. Red looks good on your nails.

  2. becomingsleekJuly 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Cute! How's the longetivity though? I imagine this wouldn't last too long especially if you work with your hands (ie washing dishes etc). Did you use a top coat?

    1. maicafrancesJuly 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      For the picture above, I didn't use one but when I tried it again I used a top coat, it didn't affect the appearance much but it looked more shinier. It was able to last me 3 days before some of the beads fell off.

  3. ChrystalJuly 17, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Love it! I wonder if Seche Vite top coat can help extend the wear. BTW, I finally got around to the first tag

    Sorry naman, it took so long. But I promise the second one is not going to be far behind :)

    1. maicafrancesAugust 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Thanks for doing the tag dear! :D

  4. Marseille FrancesJuly 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I'm a new follower! :) it's the cheaper dupe of Ciate right?I've been wanting to try this out but I was discouraged by a friend who says it didn't work on her.Maybe I should try it out myself.. thanks for sharing! :))

    1. maicafrancesAugust 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Your welcome dear and thanks for following me! :D

  5. body paintingJuly 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I am not having red color pearls ,i am having golden color,so in which nail paint i can use it.

    1. maicafrancesAugust 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      You may choose a gold or yellow color. :)

  6. monica santosJuly 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    omg! thanks for sharing this! I've been wanting to try caviar nails but I don't want to spend on ciate since I can't wear nail polish everyday (because of work), so sayang naman. Will try this. thanks! :)

    1. maicafrancesAugust 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Your welcome! Yes do try it, it's fun to make and it looks so cool. :D

  7. Pauline ReyesJanuary 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Grrr! I feel like eating strawberries upon seeing your post! :)

    ~Pauline @