Lace Nail Tutorial
This was my first time trying lace nails, so it’s not perfect but I think they came out okay. I referenced a few different tutorials from youtube and online to see what worked the best. This is what I came up with….
1. Assemble your materials. You’ll need a base coat, base color, thick topcoat, lace, small scissors, toothpicks, and glue. I used a Sally Hansen basecoat, Illamasqua in “Wink" for a base color, and a Sally Hansen topcoat. I went to Michael’s for the lace, but they don’t carry lace ribbon anymore so I went to a fabric store. You should be able to order it online if you plan ahead. When selecting a lace pattern, I chose a medium size pattern that I thought would be able to glue well. If the holes in your lace are too small, the glue won’t stick, so that’s something to keep in mind. Some people recommended using nail glue, but I ended up using a quick drying craft glue that was somewhat re-positionable.
2. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed, and apply a base coat. Let it dry completely.
3. Apply a light base color, something that will contrast well with the lace.
4. Cut a small strip of lace and hold it up to your nail. Get a feel for where you want the pattern to be, keeping in mind that you’ll want a solid part of the pattern near the edge of the nail so it doesn’t fray as easily. Here’s the hard part. If you’re doing your nails yourself, you’ll need to eyeball it and try to cut the lace in the shape of your nail. I tried gluing on a bigger piece and then trimming the excess, and it didn’t work nearly as well. You’ll want the piece of lace to be slightly smaller than your nail. If you mess up, just do it again — you’ll have lots of lace left over.
5. When you have the lace cut out, turn it over on a piece of wax paper and use a toothpick or a small brush to brush glue over the back of the lace, and then pat the lace onto your nail until it’s in the right position. I did this one at a time to let the lace dry. The glue will be tacky at first but it dries clear in a minute or two.
6. Once you’ve finished the lace, let it dry and trim off any excess near the edge that might fray. Apply the clear topcoat generously, letting it dry between coats. I used 3 coats, but you can decide what works best for you.
So there we go! Much easier than it looks. I’m excited to try this again.