After posting a picture of the fancy nails I did for the Lady Gaga show, the lovely Liz Franco requested instructions. I did teal/polka dot/starry/sparkly nails last night, so I took some pictures and wrote out instructions.
1. Pick a base color, paint and let dry. For my Gaga nails I used black polish with Cover Girl glitter polish in Gold Rush and 3mm red flat-back rhinestones.
I prefer to use the glue that comes with a brush instead of the tiny tubes that come with press-on nails. Put a small dot of glue on your nail then place the bling and press for a few seconds with the tip of a bobby pin. (If you’re having trouble picking up those tiny rhinestones wet your finger a little and it will stick.)
3. For dots and stripes try Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens or craft paint and a tiny brush. Make sure to let your base coat dry completely before using the pens because your dots/stripes will crack as the nail polish settles. Then let the dots/stripes dry completely because it’s easy to wipe them off with your top coat if you’re not careful.
4. To apply glitter press the side of the brush against your nail – you’ll get more glitter than if you just swipe it across. I usually let it dry for a few seconds and apply glitter two or three more times – I like a lot of glitter! Applying glitter along the tip of my nail seems to keep it from chipping longer.
5. Cover your nails in a clear top coat and you’re done!