Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dainty "Shooting Star" Nail Tutorial

Hey everyone! So... after I went through the photos I had taken for this tutorial, I realized that I really screwed things up as far as lighting goes T_T

You see, I usually make tutorials early in the morning when the natural lighting is best. If I make them between about 1pm and 4pm, it'll be fine, but I'll need to turn up the white balance in my settings.

I began this tutorial early in the morning when lighting was fantastic, but I ended up doing most of the steps later. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn up the white balance, so the pictures are just awful X_X. 

Here's the tutorial anyway. From now on, please just expect my tutorials to be extremely underwhelming. That way, I won't feel like I'm disappointing anyone x)

For this tutorial, you will need:
  • A pink "jelly" polish (Jelly polishes work best for gradation. I'm using Orly- Lift the Veil)
  • Holographic stars
  • Clear or white caviar beads
  • Flatback rhinestones (different sizes optional)
  • Nail set
  • Tweezers (or other rhinestone placing tool)

 Step 1: Spread out your canvas.
I find that using poster putty to secure the nails to my work surface works fantastically.


For this tutorial, I really wanted my nails to have a gradient look to them. On the left hand, four of the nails have a gradient look, and the middle is solid color. On the right hand, I did the opposite. All of the nails are solid with the exception of the middle finger, which is gradated. 

I assume that everyone knows how to do this, so I didn't bother with a polish tutorial.


Next, use the holographic stars and caviar beads to make the "shooting star" pattern shown above. For my own set of nails, I used this design on all of my gradated nails and used a different design for the solid color nails.You may do this for all of the nails if you'd like.

Next, I'm adding some mid-sized rhinestones to the base of every nail with the shooting star pattern.

Place smaller rhinestones at the base of the nail sporadically.

Use caviar beads to create interesting patterns on the remaining solid pink nails. 

All done ^^.

I'm a little rusty when it comes to nail art, so give me a little bit of slack when it comes to these tutorials ><.

Know what? This would look even better on black polish. If you do this tutorial on black nails, send me a picture and I'll post it here :)

*Make sure to use a sheer or jelly polish!*


  1. Woah! Those nails look super cute! :D

  2. I agree, these nails look sooooooo cute~ <3
    I just love your tutorials. ^^

  3. Oooh, this is so pretty! I have all of the rhinestones and even the stars, so I'll probably try to make this on my natural nails on the Xmass day! Thanks so much for the tutorial (and the pictures are still good, you're voerly critical! XD)

    1. AWESOMEEE! <333333333
      Whenever I see a tutorial I like, I feel like I never have the stuff to carry out the steps as instructed. Especially nail tutorials T_T

  4. They look lovely! I wish my press on nails would stay on better when I wear them :/

    1. I'm guessing that you use nail tape?
      Before you apply them, make sure that you've removed all traces of polish and/or natural oil from your nail. It has to be positively immaculate for it to stay on.

      I don't bother with the tapes. They're so complicated T_T. Have you ever tried using nail glue? The only thing about nail glue is that you have to keep the same nails on for a week or more, and you have to completely destroy them with acetone when you're ready to remove them X_X.

  5. These nails are just too prettyyyyyyy! <3


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