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Oct 19 2011

Van Cleef & Arpels Inspired Nails

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Do you have any ‘one day, I’m going to own this’ dream jewellery? One of my dream jewellery is a pair of earrings or a necklace from Sweet Alhambra collection from Van Cleef & Arpels. Their Alhambra collection is elegant, chic yet a little bit girlie, and I absolutely adore them!

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This is the one I’m talking about (photo credit: rakuten.co.jp). It’s soooo sweet, but unfortunately, this simple necklace costs about £1600 (about $2600). I know, I can only laugh… Anyway, I decided to wear the sweet motif on my nails and I tell you, it’s so cute that it made me want the real one all the more!

What I used (from left):

Van Cleef polish
  • Paul & Joe / 007
  • TopShop / Sketch
  • TopShop / Cyclone
  • miss sporty / French Manicure 03

To Get the Look:

1) Apply one coat of miss sporty (as a base coat).

2) Apply two coats of Cyclone to create French manicure.

3) Apply two coats of Sketch to create double French manicure.

4) Apply a topcoat, and place gold metal balls to create motifs on your thumb and ring finger. For the index finger, place rhinestone first, then add metal balls around the rhinestone.

5) Drop a small amount of Paul & Joe in the middle of the motifs, and with a toothpick, fill the motifs with the polish neatly.

6) Apply one coat of top coat.

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This is how the motif (on my thumb) looks without the polish inside. It took me about 5 minutes (and lots of frustrating screams) to achieve the shape.

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And this is after putting polish inside (before applying topcoat). I recommend using quick-dry topcoat, otherwise the thick polish inside the motif will take forever to dry!

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And finally, this is how my whole hand looks like. I’m really happy how the motifs turned out, but maybe I should have put the rhinestone (on my index finger) at the bottom of the nail…? Anyway, I’m hoping that the day would come when I can finally wear the real thing!

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2 Commnents to “Van Cleef & Arpels Inspired Nails”

  1. Thank you, Makena, now you’re making me blush :) And, of course you can use one of the photos!

  2. These nails are so elegant and beautiful. Your nail art is so wonderful. These are the best I have ever seen! I have just stumbled upon this site and I am amazed. Check me out please,
    http://makenasnails.blogspot.com/

    I am no where near as good as you but I am going to try some of your ideas. Is it alright if I use some of your photos as a side by side to mine when I post them?

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