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A Lace Nail Tutorial

By on January 14, 2010
in Barielle, Nail Art, Tips and Tricks, Trends
lace-nails-elle-barielle I’m sure you remember seeing these amazing lace nails created by Celebrity Manicurist Elle.  I posted about the lace nail trend back in September when Blake Lively and Jennifer Lopez were spotted wearing the look.  Scratch Magazine loved it so much, they featured it on their December cover.

Since then I’ve seen various tutorials pop up on YouTube but none of them have looked as good or been as detailed as this one by LovelyInstinct so I thought I’d share. She uses a different method than Elle in that she applies a base coat of color underneath the lace and a lot more products. Those of you that aren’t a fan of seeing your natural nail through the lace, this is a great alternative.

To recap, these are Elle’s instructions:
1. Start with a clean nail  2. Brush on Gel Resin  3. Pick a thin Parisian piece of lace and attach   4. Spray with Glue Dry  5. Cut and shape using an embroidery scissor   6. Re-Resin  7. To remove, soak in acetone

Have any of you tried lace nails yet? Do you have any application tricks or tips? If you’re not a DIY gal, would you request this look from your manicurist?

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  1. Katy M says:

    I’m super-excited you posted this. I tried the lace nail trend when you first posted this pic on your blog (and failed miserably). I can’t wait to try it again the RIGHT way! :) I don’t think my lace was thin enough and I didn’t use spray glue.

  2. Beth says:

    Is there a way to do this on natural nails?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      What do you mean? You can do this on natural nails. When Elle did them on Jennifer Lopez it was on her natural nails.

  3. mochamishmash says:

    OMGoodnessssss!! I love these nails!! GORGEOUS! I got to try it!!

  4. Beth says:

    Oh I’m sorry, I was reading your blog at work and can’t watch videos. The picture I can see looked like acrylic. My mistake!

  5. Maggie says:

    I definitely don’t have the nails or the job for this (I work with kids) but this is a great tutorial and maybe I’ll try it during the summer months!

  6. Sherri says:

    Thank you for posting this tutorial. I will definitely be trying it out sometime :)

  7. rmcandlelight says:

    I think its lovely and would want to try. Where can you purchase this spray on glue dry?

  8. Thanks for posting this! I’ve wanted to try this, but didn’t want my natural nails to show through!

  9. Lauren says:

    very cool, I need to find a fabric store and try this out.

  10. Thank you so much for mentioning my videos!!! Its an honor to know that someone I look up to, took the time to watch my tutorial. I hope everyone finds it helpful. Thanks again:-)

  11. Crystal says:

    I tried this yesterday but all I had was the Gel Resin. I ended up putting the resin on first, then lace then resin again and then I put a nice thick coat of clear polish and then fast dry polish on top. This works but it is not smooth on top and really needs the Light-Less Gel. Elle’s suggestions on using the toe nail clipper worked so good, I will be trying this again once I have all the proper products.

    Thanks so much for posting this!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That’s awesome! So glad it worked out for you. If you’re willing to take a pic, I’d love to see how it turned out.

  12. WC says:

    i think if she hadnt cut the wavy part off it would have looked cute as a french tip with lace anyways cute tutorial! i need to buy some lace and suppies now…!

  13. Vanessa says:

    I have to try this!

  14. Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.


  15. lacey92122 says:

    Seems all things come back around. I wore this look about 25 years ago or so. My manicurist used an airbrush method to paint the lace on my nails and then sealed it in with a top coat. I always loved the look. Glad to see it again, but as they say…if you were old enough to wear it the first time you probably shouldn’t wear it the second.

  16. Michelle says:

    is there a way that i could past the lace on after i get my nails done at the salon…???

  17. Emma says:

    Love the Lace Nail look it looks fantastic will have to try this.
    Fab Blog
    Ema x

  18. Andrea says:

    AMAZING. I love it!! I can’t wait to try it :)

  19. Yolisa says:

    God, it’s funny that I found this because I just was this in a mag. the other day and wanted to try it! When I get the chance to do it I’m putting it up on my site.

  20. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I had seen it in a magazine but they did not explain how to do it. And you teach really well. I can not wait to do this to my nails.

  21. Kat says:

    Where did you get the clutch from? It’s so cool :) Goes well with the nails.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That is an Alexander McQueen clutch that was used for the shoot. Sadly, those aren’t my nails and neither is the bad. I wish!

  22. Kudita says:

    I thought it was laced up by Sally Hansen from the Salon Effects collection. I just purchased that one and I just check your review about the product. I can’t wait to try it