Friday, August 17, 2012

Jewel-toned Stained Glass Nails

Hi everyone!

I've had stained glass/mosaic nails on my to-do list for a while, but I could never make my mind up about what colours to use. I always landed on neons, but then I thought that the manicure would end up looking too similar to my neon geometric print from a couple of months ago.

So, I just kept putting the idea off. That is, until I swatched the OPI Germany Collection and realized that a few of the jewel-toned shades might work well in a stained glass mani!

To get this stained glass look, I first started with a base colour of white. The white isn't necessary to make the colours pop (such as it is with most neon colours, for example), but I just needed a neutral base for everything to be layered on top of.

Next, I used a striping brush and a black polish to create random lines on both of my accent nails. I then filled in the spaces using four of the colours from the OPI Germany Collection: Danke-Shiny Red (also featured on my non-accent nails), Deutsche You Want Me Baby, Suzi and the 7 D├╝sseldorfs and Unfor-Greta-bly Blue. The ultimate key to this look is making sure that none of the coloured "glass" pieces touch another of the same colour.

Finally, I went back with my striping brush and re-touched some of the black lines that had been slightly covered by the other shades.

If you're uncomfortable with your freehand skills, this manicure can also be achieved using stamping! There's a number of mosaic style images out there, such as on the BM-208 and Konad m64 plates. You can lay down the jewel-toned colours first in a semi-random pattern and then stamp over them with black!

I'm rather pleased with how this manicure turned out! It's rare that I have an idea and it turns out exactly as I pictured it, but this one did!


  1. SO pretty! I don't know if I can stay within the lines like that, haha. The color combo is awesome!

  2. i can't wait to try this look! what sort of brush do you use to colour in the glass?

    1. I used a small detail brush, but you could also use a small dotting tool instead. :)

  3. This looks great! It definitely looks like stained glass!

  4. wow! This looks just great! Well done!

  5. This is really stunning! The jewel tones work so well together.

  6. Wow it's stunning! Thanks for suggesting an alternative with stamping (my freehand skills are almost zero)!

  7. Love this mani, it's so beautiful! I envy your skills, I would have to stamp to even be close to this.

  8. Love this use of the new collection! I ordered some and can't wait for them to arrive! I may have to try this design out!


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