Tuesday 17 June 2014

Summer nail art trend from Japan, Jewel nails

It's been a while since I did a nail inspiration post. There is a summer nail art trend in Japan right now that I really love! Jewel nails! Glitter, crystals, shells, if it sparkles, it has to be on your nails! 

Let's take a look at some jewel nail art tutorials from the latest issue of Nail Up! magazine.

jewel nails
 If you love sparkly kira kira nails like me, this post is for you!

Japanese nail art
When deciding on a nail art design, there are some things to consider. First of all our main colour. All colours work well with sparkle but it is best to decide on a colour scheme before we begin. Then we have to decide on the item, meaning the medium we will use to achieve sparkle. It can be glitter, spangles, shells, crystal flatbacks or crystal chatons. Depending on the items, we will use the appropriate method. If we use glitters we will use top coat to seal them, but for rhinestones we will need nail glue to secure them in place. And of course for every method you can use gel.

glitter nail art tutorial
An all time favourite for all nail art lovers, is glitter. Easy to use and in a huge variety of colours, it is the easiest way to add some sparkle to your nails.

summer nail art tutorial
 You can also use spangles for a more subtle yet still sparkly look.

 Shell nail art can be a bit tricky but the end result is always fantastic!

rhinestone nails

And last but not least, crystals in every shape and form. They add glam and shine to all types of nail art and they work great both for everyday looks and for specal occasions!

Which type is your favourite dear readers? Do you like jewel nails or do you prefer somethin simpler on your nails? And don't forget, for a chance to enter some nail polishes and other kawaii goodies, enter my ongoing giveaway!

p.s. These images were scanned by me but all the content belongs to Nail Up! and the respective nail artists. Please do not use without permission, thank you! And remember, you can always click on the images to see a bigger version.


  1. These kind of designs are just stunning! I like nail jewels, but they aren't really practical for me to wear due to working conditions! I guess I could wear them on my days off lol ;-)

    1. I know exactly what you mean! As I am crafting all the time, the jewels will get damaged at some point. But when I don't have a lot to do or am on vacation I love to bling my nails to the max ^_^

  2. Thank you very much for sharing such inspirationa pictures!! Love the summer nail trend a lot!

  3. I love the first nail set too bad I'm not good at nail art

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  4. The designs are so cute and pretty!!
    I wish I could do my nails like that XD
    Just wanted to let you know that I have a giveaway, where if you join, you will get a $30 voucher to spend on clothes (≧‿≦)
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  5. Such beautiful nail art!as for the jewels,being me,if they're not stuck with super glue,that you have to take the nail off to remove it,they won't last more than a day...Because I'm bad,and if my nails/fingers had a voice they would shout at me to be more carefull.... :P beuatiful design ideas nevertheless!! ^_^

  6. Thanks so much for posting these!! I love seeing the amazing designs in the mags! Jewel and glitter nails are my favourite and I want to try the shell nails as they look so cute =D



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