Friday, February 7, 2014


I really love doing stone inspired nails. I've been planning a bunch of different manicures and I've finally gotten around to realizing this one - Jade!

Jade is actually a blanket term used for two different minerals – Jadeite and Nephrite. While Jade is best known for its green coloration it can actually come in a very wide variety of colors, including pink and even blue.

Because it is not unusual for Jade to show variations in color, I decided to use multiple shades of green to pull this off. I even used a hint of gray to mute the color a bit. If you want to recreate this look, don't be afraid to experiment. You could really use any colors you like. 

To start, I painted my nails with two coats of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. After allowing that to dry I sponged on a bit of Essie Chinchilly and Wet n' Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch. To achieve the look of veining, I used the water spotting technique with Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and then did a second water spotted layer with Wet n' Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch. The second layer added more depth and realism.

What do you think? I'm honestly very pleased with how nicely these came out!


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