How to Do a Disco Ball French Manicure, According to a Nail Pro


When you’re looking for the ultimate nail design, you turn to Natalie Minerva. The famous nail artist behind the epic manicures on Euphoria has been giving us enviable designs and looks for years. But the one I – and I suspect many others – can’t overlook are these disco ball nails (which look amazing anywhere or as French tips).

Shiny and intricate, Minerva’s disco ball nail art designs are truly breathtaking. They make the perfect night manicure. A self-confessed huge disco music head (which she credits to her days working at A Club Called Rhonda), Minerva drew inspiration from the fun party era of the ’70s for this particular look. “I love linking other eras to my art and when I found these glittery pieces, a light bulb went on in my head,” she told Bustle. “I love how these nails are so visual and eye-catching; They shout ‘party time‘ volume.”

But the best part about these nails is that they are surprisingly easy to do on your own – you just need a little patience. To get the full disco ball nail look, she first puts on a gel base coat and lets it cure under a gel lamp. She then grabs a silver gel polish, Ricca Gel in 123G to be exact, to paint on each nail and repeats the curing process.

Then it will glide over the Aprés Soft Builder Gel, but it is important that you do not let it dry immediately. While it’s still going to bed, she says to place your silver glitter in rows to mimic that disco ball effect. Once you’ve got each sequin in place, put your nails back under the light to cure them. She then adds more Soft Builder Gel on top, hardens it, then seals it all with a clear gel topcoat before finishing with a final hardening process.

For a more subtle way to incorporate this retro trend, opt for a French tips disco ball. The steps to achieve this are quite similar to a full disco look. She starts the same way, putting base gel all over the nail and letting it cure under a gel light. Next, she puts the same silver Ricca Gel in 123G along the top of the nail, creating a base for that French tip. After letting this silver shade harden, she applies a coat of Soft Builder Gel for the silver glitter. Once all the stuff is done, she corrects that to fix the sequins. She then finishes with more Soft Builder Gel on top, hardens that, and seals it all in with a gel topcoat.

Classic silver looks great, but experimentation is highly encouraged. “In general, we’re in a very exploratory time in nails right now and I love it,” says Minerva. “At the end of the day, we won’t be holding back on our nail art this year.”

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