Metallic Manicure – Quick Easy DIY

They keep trying to say that nail art is a dying trend, but I refuse to believe. I see the appeal in a more sedate manicure from time to time, but my spirit is drawn to statement nails that make heads turn. Lately I’ve been into at-home pampering, and this weekend as part of my Sunday evening beauty ritual, I gave myself a manicure. You know, no big. But the results have been astounding.


This manicure was SO incredibly easy, and I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on it. Literally a man on the street stopped me and asked to see my nails yesterday. Let me break it down for you in three easy steps.

1 – I usually like to use a base coat that strengthens my nails, and lately I’ve been using Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat, because it’s multi-use and it works for me! For other base coat recommendations, check out Beautylish – great selection, informative reviews. Base coat makes a difference to me for sure.

2 – then I brushed on two coats of Estee Lauder “Pure Color” nail lacquer in Smoked Chrome. I love the texture of these new Estee Lauder nail lacquers. I have this inability to use thinner formulas effectively. I can’t paint on a thin coat of nail polish to save my life. These Estee Lauder nail lacquers glide on with density, and they dry down quickly to a soft, chic matte metallic finish.

3 – the fun part. I love that people think I have the skills to pull off this kind of nail detailing myself! No, my loves – this is Nail Lingerie. L’Oreal Nail Lingerie in In With The New, to be specific. These are clear nail stickers with a little embellishment on them (hence, lingerie). I stick them to my nail starting at the base and work my way up to the tip, trying to get the stickers stuck as smoothly as possible. Told you I was obsessed with nail stickers!


And that’s it! Chic, eye-catching, and totally easy to do yourself!

What do you think? Do you think nail art’s on the way out, or not? And what are your favorite at home manicure embellishments?

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  1. I am not sure which sparkles more – the bling ring :) or the nails?

    Both are beautiful.

  2. Love it!

  3. No matter how hard I try, I can never do a good job of putting on nail polish by myself. I’m a righty and so I can never get the polish on that hand smoothly. Maybe nail stickers would be easier and I should give it a try.

    Also, I’ve been wondering, as much as you love manicures, how many bottles of polish do you have in your cabinet. Must be a ton!

  4. Nail lingerie is super cute!

  5. I’m good at DYI manicures and pedicures, but not so good at applying these nail stickers. I may have to give these a shot because they look so nice. How long does this last? I need a manicure to last me at least a week. My polish normally lasts that long, would the nail lingerie have an affect on my wear time?

  6. OMG!!! Both manis are so pretty. Love the colors and the glitters on it. I would love to try them too. I think they are both perfect for any occasion for they really look classy.

  7. Nice art! I want to try this too! Looks elegant and trendy. Thanks! :)

  8. I don’t think nail art is on its way out and if it is, oh well because I love it!! I usually use Julep nail polish and make my own designs when I have time. I will def have to get some of the nail lingerie!!

  9. Oh its lovely I am going to try this

  10. I love love love this nail lingerie… It really sparkles. And really goes well with your chrome base color. So Chic!

  11. Very very beautiful DIY :) Loved it!

  12. A beautiful thing like nail art can never die, in my opinion :P
    This one is very beautiful <3 I love the sparkle

  13. how beautiful it looks.
    you are so talented.
    I will try my best to create the same look :)

  14. Beautiful and simple. Thank you for the share.

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