Most of the time I’m a pretty simple manicure kind of gal. I usually do my own nails, so going to a salon for a manicure is always a big treat for me. Here in Nashville there’s a natural nail salon called Poppy + Monroe that Elsie and I love (Emma’s been there too!). The last time I went, I got this awesome gold stud pattern done on each nail and I just thought it was the prettiest nail trend that I’ve seen lately. Since not everyone is lucky enough to get to go to our favorite place, I thought I’d show you how you can add some bling to your own nails at home no matter where you live!
First shape, buff, and polish your nails until you have the shape you like. Apply several coats of nude or light pink polish with adequate dry time between each coat.
Squeeze a small amount of nail glue onto a scrap piece of paper and dip the end of a paintbrush or wooden skewer into the glue. Dab a small drop of the glue centered near the bottom edge of your nail about 1/4″ from your cuticle. You want enough glue that the stud will catch onto it and stick, but not so much that it squirts out all over your nail once you add the stud on top.
Use your wax pencil to pick up a nail stud (face side up) and place it gently on top of the glue. Press down with the pencil lightly once you have the stud in place and allow the glue to dry.
Repeat the process with each nail until you have studs on each nail (I found that unless your glue dries really fast, you can usually dot two nails with the glue in one turn). Once the glue is set, apply two generous coats of sealer with dry time between each coat, and admire your new manicure! The gold stud is such a simple addition, but it feels so special and posh with a little added bling. This is also a design that’s relatively easy to do when using your less dominant hand since you can move the stud around a bit if it’s not exact when you put it in place. All in all, it’s an easy add if you want to take a simple manicure to the next level, and it’s a perfect look for upcoming holiday parties as well. Bring on the bling! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.