Picture of Gemstone / Rupee Nail Art

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!

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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.

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

krummrey1 month ago

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

ElizabethHudy (author)  krummrey1 month ago

be a trend setter! go for it man!

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)

samalert1 month ago

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

ElizabethHudy (author)  samalert1 month ago

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.


tiffanykeri1 month ago
I've never seen a nail design like this! Amazing!
ElizabethHudy (author)  tiffanykeri1 month ago

thank you!

deepta1 month ago

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

ElizabethHudy (author)  deepta1 month ago

thank you!

makerx31 month ago

awesome job!!!!! Carson

ElizabethHudy (author)  makerx31 month ago

Thanks Carson!

Very different and pretty.

amandagrrl1 month ago
Gorgeous! I've been getting bored with small designs, I'm super excited to try this bold look!
BLR_RAVI1 month ago
some time i amazed how creative people are ..on tiny nail..excellent and i like the color choice..its so vibrant and eye catching..
I agree with u
ElizabethHudy (author)  BLR_RAVI1 month ago

Thank you!

sabu.dawdy1 month ago
wowww this is for the Queennnn
lil smartie1 month ago
O M wowza soo cool
ElizabethHudy (author)  lil smartie1 month ago

thanks! :)

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!

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

ElizabethHudy (author)  mactothefuture1 month ago

Thanks! I sure did when I had them!

This is awesome! Very cool idea :)

ElizabethHudy (author)  TerryTheCreator1 month ago

thanks! :)

Whaaaaa?! These are amazing! I love these!

thank you!

poofrabbit1 month ago

These are very cool! Nicely done!

ElizabethHudy (author)  poofrabbit1 month ago

thank you!