Nail Trends

Nail Art Faux Textures

One of the hot nail trends of 2013 — on and off the runway — is a textured nail look. From caviar and confetti to matte and sand, the tactile feel is in. But what if grainy nails aren’t your cup of tea? We say, fake it. These faux textured looks are sure to spark some interest and can be done with little more than nail polish, acrylic paints, and brushes.


Small, rounded rocks that often get their smooth finish from wave erosion, pebbles look great with a matte look against a shiny “wet” background.


1. Use black gel or polish as a base. Place a small amount of black, white, yellow, and warm red paints on a paper plate.

2. Use your favorite small brush and dip the tip into two or three different colors at the same time. Touch the nail plate and swirl the paint around to create tiny pebbles.

3. Mix different paints to create a variety of pebble colors. Don’t forget to create diff erent shapes.

4. White pebbles with a tiny amount of yellow brighten up the “shore.” Finish with a high-gloss top coat to create the wet look.

TIP: Finish with matte topcoat then paint glossy topcoat only on the pebbles for a wet look.


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