- April 20, 2012
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DIY: Gorgeous Lace Wedding Nails
When I was a little girl, anything with a lace patterned edge would make me feel like a bride. Whether it was the white lace handkerchief my mom gave me for church or my grandmother’s curtains with a lace trim I pretended was my veil, I loved lace anything. So when I came across these gorgeous and elegantly edgy lace-nails the only thing I could think of was wedding day! Naturally white lace would be a preferred choice for wedding day nails, although you may want to consider black for a sexy look (honeymoon nails!).
What you need:
- A base color of your choice
- Lace edging in white/black/or color of your choice (Lace can be found at any craft store.)
- Clear topcoat polish (I recommend Seche Vite- extremely quick drying, chip resistant top coat)
- Small Scissors
- Nail Glue (optional)
- Hair Dryer (optional)
Step 1- Cut your lace into the pattern you want to fit over your nails. You can add small lace triangles, narrow lace edges or cover your entire nail in lace. If you plan to cover your entire nail in lace, cut small squares of lace to put over the entire tip of your finger which can be trimmed down later.
Step 2- Paint your nails with one or two coats of your base polish. Ensure that your first coat is completely dry before applying the second coat. Use a hair dryer to speed up your drying process and to prevent nasty smudges.
Step 3- Apply one coat of your clear polish or seche vite.
Step 4– While topcoat is still wet; apply your lace pattern to your finger as firmly as you can. You may want to tap at it with a toothpick gently to press the lace onto your nails. Your blow dryer comes in handy again to help speed along the drying. The top coat will act as glue, securing the lace to your nails.
Step 5- If you choose to cover your entire nail, use your scissors to trim the lace to the edges of your nail.
Step 6- Once your nails have dried and the lace firmly stuck, you can add another layer of top coat for a glossy look and to prevent the lace designs from fraying. This is completely up to you; skip this step if you prefer the fabric look and feel. Use a toothpick and a little bit of nail glue to seal and slick down fraying edges.