Monday, 16 January 2012

Turquoise stone nails using China Glaze Crushed Candy crackle topcoat

This is the first time I've EVER put on a crackle topcoat and not immediately reached for the polish remover. I love this look! It's not perfect, the crackle was a bit too lumpy so I'll need to perfect my technique, but I'll work on it for sure :)

What I did:

First I painted my nails with two coats of Nicole by OPI Not a Gold Bigger (the best gold foil EVER)

Then I dabbed on random strokes of Revlon's Copper Penny and butter LONDON's The Black Knight for some sparkle. I then sponged on a few bits of American Apparel's Meteor Shower (I can't believe I found a use for this!), then topped the whole works with a layer of Nubar 2010 for the flakies.

Next, I loaded my brush with China Glaze Crushed Candy, painted on a thick coat of crackle, and made random swipes with the brush to get it to crack in different directions.

Finally, I topped it all with two fairly thick coats of Seche Vite to try and smooth the whole thing out.

Overall I'm pleased with how this turned out. It could use some work, but it was a first attempt so I'm not going to stress too much over it :)


  1. Wow! This is absolutely lovey!

  2. This looks fantastic!! I love the glitter underneath the turquoise!! :D (Looks so cool! XD)

    1. Thanks! I definitely want to try this with a full glitter underneath next.

  3. i love light blue/light turquoise & gold together! this is gorgeous! i would've never thought of pairing this together!

  4. That was a GREAT job of creating little pieces of precious stone on your nails! WOW!

  5. This is sooo pretty. I own the NOPI and crackle, I definitely will be recreating it for myself!