I finally got some craft beads so I can participate in Fish Egg Friday!! I'm wearing two coats of Julep- Meryl. It is a medium grey creme. It falls in between Zoya- Kelly and OPI- French Quarter for Your Thoughts. The formula was amazing and applied in two flawless coats. I got a mixed package of beads from Michael's. It was $7 and contained six colors. Application of the beads was fairly easy- I thought it would be more difficult. I had my nails painted beforehand, so I just added OPI Topcoat to my accent nail and poured the beads on. I pressed them into the nail so that they would adhere. This picture shows no topcoat on top of the beads, and also there's no flash in this picture.
This is with the flash. I love this technique!
I put a coat of Seche Vite on top of the beads just to seal them in. I like the look without topcoat much better. I only added topcoat to the very tip of my nail on my other hand. It seems pretty secure so far. Only a couple beads have fallen off. Now I know not to put topcoat over the entire nail with beads. EDIT: Although the "fish egg" look looks nicer without topcoat covering the entire nail, it makes it much more durable. The beads fell off of my nail without topcoat over the entire nail after I did the dishes. The nail with the topcoat is much more intact.
What are your thoughts on the "fish egg" mani?