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Monday, April 21, 2014

TUTORIAL: Precious Gems Nail Art Inspired by The Ring and The Crown




I am a big fan of the Game of Thrones book series, but, let's be honest, sometimes you want something lighter and a little less...behead-y. Melissa de la Cruz's new book The Ring and The Crown brings royal fun and lightness to a world where magic meets politics and duty clashes with love. The book has aptly been dubbed "Glam of Thrones," after the four glamorous girls at the center of the plot. Today, I've teamed up with The Ring and The Crown to bring you this bejeweled nail art inspired by the royal luxury of the book.

Read on to learn how to turn your nails into jewels fit for a queen!


I read the book and was inspired by how important gems and precious stones were in the world. Besides using them for royal adornment, each stone had a different purpose, a different power. Make each of your nails a different colored gem and invoke the power of them all!


GET THE LOOK:
  1. Paint your nail with a nail polish in a medium jewel tone.
  2. Using a nail art brush or a toothpick and contrasting nail polish, lightly sketch out a oblong hexagon down the length of your nail. Don't worry about being too precise here, this is just a guide! 
  3. Add facet lines from each point of the hexagon outwards towards the edges of your nail.
  4. Working on a piece of tinfoil or wax paper, mix three drops of your base polish with one drop of white nail polish. Fill in the left and top right spaces with your newly mixed shade.
  5. Mix one drop of your base polish with three drops of white nail polish. Fill in the top left space with this shade.
  6. Mix five drops of your base polish with a tiny drop of black nail polish. Fill in the bottom left and right spaces with this shade.
  7. Mix four drops of your base polish with one drop of black nail polish. Fill in the bottom right space with this shade.
  8. Using your shade from step seven, outline the facets. If the polish starts to thicken, mix more to avoid lumpiness.
  9. Add some highlights to your gem with white nail polish.
  10. Finish with topcoat for seal and shine.

I used: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Misa Blue Jade Vine, Misa Loveliest of Lilacs, CoverGirl Wine to Five, Sally Hansen Going Green

TIP: If you are having trouble with this design, try using acrylic paint instead of nail polish! It is easier to handle and doesn't dry out as quickly. Just be sure to put down a coat of nail polish first and finish the design with topcoat.



Whether you are going to the ball of the season or you just have a date with a good book, I hope that this bold and fun nail art will make you feel extra special.

The Ring and The Crown is available now. Visit the official website for more information.


This post is sponsored by The Ring and The Crown. All opinions are my own.

72 comments:

  1. I gasped a little when I saw this! Your design is amazing! Thank you for the tutorial. I love the gem concept, and they also look like girly TMNT :)

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  2. I love this design - it's so realistic too! When first saw these I thought they were real gem/sequins on your nails! Great tutorial too it's really useful! :)

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  3. Thank you! That's funny you say that, my mom said they look like colored turtle shells, too. My boyfriend thought they looked like rupees from Zelda. I guess they have many different faces (pun intended...?)!

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  4. Oh wow, thank you! What a great compliment! :)

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  5. What an awesome design! Amazing tutorial! Love!

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  6. They remind me of the rupees from Zelda, too! Gorgeous design, I really want to give it a try :)

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  7. Wah I love these! Just wish I actually had the artistic ability to do them haha, maybe someday :)

    lizzyxfresh.blogspot.com

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  8. Thank you! Let me know if you give it a try!

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  9. Love Zelda -- please share your manicure on my wall if you try it!

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  10. Give it a try, you may surprise yourself! Nail art takes practice, so don't be afraid! #yougogirl

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  11. perfect :))

    http://prettypurple92.weebly.com/

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  12. This looking amazing! It looks like its popping off your nails :D

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  13. Amazing!!!! Thank you for the tutorial. I will try it :)

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  14. Great! Show me a pic when you do!

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  15. Super super super gorgeous. Might try this as an accent nail sometime :).

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  16. Amazing effect and tutorial ....really going have a go at this...xxxxxx

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  17. Awesome! I'd love to see the end result!

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  18. Totally totally fab!!

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  19. This is lookin' fabulous!

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  20. Awesome bejewelled nails, Sarah! I love seeing book manis :D

    Mands @ The
    Bookish Manicurist

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  21. Definitely gonna attempt these tonight! Was going through all my nail art bookmarks looking for some inspiration and as soon as I saw these I fell in love. So beautiful!

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  22. Just wanted to say you are so freakin' talented!! I'm not normally a huge nail art fan, but yours blows me away every time. Love this mani!

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  23. these are beautiful! and I really appreciate the tutorial! Going to have to check out that book, I'm a sucker for fantasy.

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  24. Beautiful! I love this mani!

    Loving the trailer because that song has been in my head so much lately! <3 Band of Horses.

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  25. This is so awesome! I love it! You did an amazing job.

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  26. it's perfect! i totally love it!

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  27. That is a lovely nail art! I'll probably try to copy it some day!

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  28. Marieta García LópezApril 22, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    Interesting that TV serie... When would we be able to watch it in my country?

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  29. es hermoso!!!! me encanto

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  30. This gotta be the most beautiful and original design I've seen lately. I will try to do it but I'm sure it will not look as perfect as yours. I'm in love. THANKS for the inspiration :)

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  31. Thanks! I thought it was pretty lucky that I had just changed my nail shape, haha.

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  32. The video is just a trailer for the book, sadly no TV series! You'll have to check out the book if you are interested in the story.

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  33. Thank you so much! I'm sure yours will turn out great!

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  34. Thanks! It's a great song -- gets stuck in my head a lot.

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  35. Let me know how you like it!

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  36. Did you give them a try? Post a pic on my FB page if you did! I'd love to see.

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  37. I had a lot of fun reading the book and then drawing inspiration from that... may have to do it more often!

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  38. ValiantlyVarnishedApril 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Beautiful - I definitely have to try this!

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  39. How freaking cool. They have a 3D type of effect. Love it.

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  40. I feel like this design could make some awesome turtle shell nail art too. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles perhaps?

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  41. Oooh! Gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial! I love her Blue Bloods series, gonna have to check out this one now! :)

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  42. Oh my gosh this is amazing. I can't get Pokemon badges out of my head even though it has nothing to do with this. Loveee it!

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  43. These remind of me of Legend of Zelda rupees. Awesome tutorial!

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  44. Marieta García LópezApril 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Thanks you.

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  45. That was the first thing I thought when I saw them too!

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  46. Thanks for tutorial I so..... wanted to do it but was not able to figure out how.... This mani is definitely the next I'm doing.
    I'll leave a link when I post it on my blog I'd love to know what you think about it :)

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  47. Please do! I'd love to see it!

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  48. OMG that what I thought too and came here to comment haha! They're the best I have ever seen

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  49. love it! amazing nail art and tutorial! :D

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  50. Hello, and thank you for this really clear tutorial.
    I tried to replicate your nail art in my today post and I'm very happy about the result. ^_^

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  51. Jamie I guess these nails are fashion old designs.

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  52. Loved your design, and so did my mom.
    She wanted me to do her nails like this. YOu can take a look at my try here:
    http://www.dittanail.blogspot.ro/2014/04/moms-wish.html

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  53. I tried to do it. What do you think?

    http://www.dittanail.blogspot.ro/2014/04/moms-wish.html

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  54. Gorgeous!!!I must try them too!

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