Introduction: Gemstone / Rupee Nail Art

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I made a tutorial for all of you on how to do these gemstone/rupee nails that I did a little while ago! The concept was originally inspired by a wood block painting tutorial done by Fabric Paper Glue, but I just loved the illusion and look of it so much that I wanted to adapt it to nail art!

Step 1: Getting Started

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This tutorial requires only three colors: Your basic color, black, and white. You will be mixing these colors to create the 6 shades needed to complete the look. In the top right corner, you can see that I've illustrated a sort of "paint by number". The number 3 shade is the color right out of the bottle. The number 1 shade has the most white mixed in (I used about 3 globs of white polish), and your number 6 shade has the most black (I used two small globs of black polish). Be careful when you first mix in your black polish - black can be very overpowering and will make the color very dark very fast! Remember: you can always add more as needed!

Step 1: paint your entire nail with your #3 shade. Allow polish to dry completely (that is super important! if you don't allow it to be completely dried, you will get yucky marks from the tape later on)

Step 2: The Sides

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Step 2: take two pieces of striping tape and line two parallel areas running longways on either side of your nail. These two areas should be more narrow than the center area.

Step 3: fill in the left area with your #1 shade (lightest), and the right area with your #6 shade (darkest). It's okay if its a little messy - that's why you have the tape! Allow polish to dry completely before pealing up the tape.

Step 3: The Edges

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Step 4: take two more pieces of striping tape and tape off two more parallel areas, this time running shortways.

Step 5: fill in both areas with your #4 shade (just slightly darker than the base). Try not to paint over the areas you created in Step 3. If it's a little messy, that's okay, but I would recommend trying not to paint to the outside edges of the nail. This will help later when you are painting your corners. Again, wait for the polish to dry completely before removing the tape.

Step 4: The Corners

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Step 6: Taking your #2 shade (just slightly lighter than your base), create a trapezoid shape at the top and bottom corner on the left side. This part can get a little tricky to figure out the angle that your lines should go. It helps to remember that each shape you are creating on the nail will be a trapezoid (i.e. bigger on the outside edge and smaller on the inside edge).

Step 7: repeat Step 6 using your #5 shade on the right side of the nail.

Step 5: Voila

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Finish off with a topcoat and you are good to go!


Ainswy (author)2015-10-01

this is a really amazing tutorial! is there any shortcuts that i can use or simpler ways? x

krummrey (author)2014-08-07

Too bad we guys can't really run around with painted nails.
Looks awesome!

sure you can i know many peoples who do

ElizabethHudy (author)krummrey2014-08-09

be a trend setter! go for it man!

Mutazek (author)krummrey2014-08-07

But if you have a girlfriend/spouse, you can practice before with fake nails, and then make her nails, she will love it! TRUST ME! (You will not look weird for doing that, if someone of your mates says it, just tell them the benefits... If you know what I mean)

fluffycotton (author)2014-12-30

love it a lot when I saw it I almost died. I love legend of Zelda( more like link though) but I love the nails .its so easy that anyone can do it and just the salon

Passion Make (author)2014-08-10

Never seen such a design :) vibrant and voted for you!

samalert (author)2014-07-31

Rupee(Indian currency :) ) or Ruby ? By the way the nail looks soo 3d. Its awesome !

ElizabethHudy (author)samalert2014-07-31

rupee like from the zelda game! and ruby i guess haha. & thank you!

These reminded me of the Chaos Emeralds when viewed from above more.

padayattiljosemon (author)2014-08-05


tiffanykeri (author)2014-08-02

I've never seen a nail design like this! Amazing!

thank you!

deepta (author)2014-07-30

This is amazing, cannot take my eyes off of it! really really appreciate and wonder your patience!

ElizabethHudy (author)deepta2014-07-31

thank you!

makerx3 (author)2014-07-30

awesome job!!!!! Carson

ElizabethHudy (author)makerx32014-07-31

Thanks Carson!

lynda.kennedy.758 (author)2014-07-30

Very different and pretty.

amandagrrl (author)2014-07-30

Gorgeous! I've been getting bored with small designs, I'm super excited to try this bold look!

BLR_RAVI (author)2014-07-29

some time i amazed how creative people are ..on tiny nail..excellent and i like the color choice..its so vibrant and eye catching..

sabu.dawdy (author)BLR_RAVI2014-07-30

I agree with u

ElizabethHudy (author)BLR_RAVI2014-07-29

Thank you!

sabu.dawdy (author)2014-07-30

wowww this is for the Queennnn

lil smartie (author)2014-07-29

O M wowza soo cool

thanks! :)

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-07-29

I had to do a double take to believe they weren't 3D. That's amazing, major props!

Thank you! I know! When I had them on my nails I couldn't stop from staring at them!

mactothefuture (author)2014-07-29

Whoa! I love it! I would feel so fancy wearing those! : )

Thanks! I sure did when I had them!

TerryTheCreator (author)2014-07-29

This is awesome! Very cool idea :)

thanks! :)

Whaaaaa?! These are amazing! I love these!

thank you!

poofrabbit (author)2014-07-29

These are very cool! Nicely done!

ElizabethHudy (author)poofrabbit2014-07-29

thank you!

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Bio: I am a nail artist and nail art enthusiast running a nail art blog called Look At Her Nails. I also like to draw and ... More »
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