October 24, 2012

Cellairis Nail Art Series #2: Leather Ruby Gold + Tutorial!

Hi guys! Today I have the second of 3 Cellairis phone case inspired nail art posts for you! You can check out my last one here if you missed it! The case today's nail art was inspired by is from the Elle & Blair line, and it's called Leather Ruby Gold. I have a photo of it down below, but basically it's looks like red leather and is has gold square studs down the right side.

I tried so many different things for this manicure, I could not figure out how to mimic the texture to save my life. If anyone knows an easy way to recreate a leather look on the nail please let me know! I finally figured out a method I liked and am pretty happy with the result! I used Pomegranate Nail Lacquer in Fiery as the base of this manicure along with Essie She's Pampered and OPI GoldenEye to complete the look. For a tutorial on how I did this please click the red more button below the photos!

The Inspiration!
Pomegranate Nail Lacquer can be purchased at PomegranateLacquer.com for $9 a bottle! Cellairis phone cases can be purchased at Cellairis.com, the prices vary depending on the case....Leather Ruby Gold retails for $27.99.

Tutorial time! This look was really easy to do...to see how I did this keep on scrolling!

What You'll Need:

  • 2-3 polishes of your choice. I used Pomegranate Nail Lacquer in Fiery, Essie She's Pampered and OPI GoldenEye. 
  • Striping Tape, you can find this on ebay for very cheap. If you don't want to buy that you could also cut scotch tape into very thin pieces.
  • A sponge, you could use a makeup sponge, a kitchen sponge...pretty much any kind of sponge. I got mine at Michaels in the painting aisle
  • A cutting tool to cut your striping tape, I like to use cuticle nippers but scissors work just fine also.
Step 1: 

After applying your base polish (mine was Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fiery) grab your darker polish (mine was Essie She's Pampered). Put couple drops onto a plate or something you don't care about messing up. Lightly dab your sponge into the puddle of polish and then dab it onto nails. 

This step is totally optional, I just wanted to give the nails a little bit of texture!

This is how your nails should look after you sponge on the darker color. To blend the 2 colors nicely add a layer of top coat.

Step 2:

Once your manicure from above is 100% dry get your striping tape and apply strips in a grid like pattern to your nail. Make sure you leave the strips long enough that there is free edge that you can grab to pull them off your nail. The hardest part of this was getting all of the tape straight but other than that it's very easy!

Some tips for this from my trial and error...if you don't get this right the first time don't give up! It took me more than a couple tries to get good lines!
  • Make sure your base color is 100% dry, the tape will pull the polish off if it's not dry.
  • Go over the tape several times with a finger to make sure it is completely flat to the nail so polish doesn't seep underneath it. I like to go over it with an orange stick to really make sure there are no air bubbles.
  • Remove the tape immediately after you paint your top color over it. Removing the tape while the polish is wet will give you a clean line.
  • Let the manicure dry before applying your top coat so you don't smudge your crisp lines!

Step 3:

Paint over the striping tape with your choice of polish. I used OPI GoldenEye for my manicure! Once you paint over the striping tape immediately remove the tape so that you get clean lines. Once the nail is dry apply top coat to seal everything in without smudging your crisp lines! Below is the final result!

Hope you all liked this manicure and the tutorial. If you recreate it I would love to see the results via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Disclaimer: The Pomegranate Nail Lacquer and OPI polish I used in this post were provided by the company for review. I was also provided a cell phone case from Cellairis to create my look from!


  1. How great is this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. So creative and fabulous results!

  3. I think you did a great job interpreting the cover! Really cute mani!

  4. To create leather texture on nails, use kitchen foil. Crumple it. Wait til lacquer dry at about 80% then press the crumpled foil to get the leather texture. I hope it helps

  5. Que efecto mas bonito! besos

  6. Wow! I love this, it's so fun and different!

  7. Very nice :) Thanks for the tip about pulling the tape off while the polish is wet. I've seen a lot of manicures using tape but nobody ever mentioned when you should take the tape off.

  8. Oooh you should've used square studs for the accent nail!!! But this looks nice too :)

  9. I tried that but I didn't care for the way it looked on the nail :(

  10. ahhh babe this one is damn pretty!!! like your previous http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2012/10/cellairis-nail-art-series-1-studded.html.
    i tried doing it but just kinda fail. how many layers of base coat and top coat did you apply to make it look like there is 2 thick layers in the photos?

  11. I just used 1 coat, it's just the difference in colors making it look 3-d

  12. Maybe try doing a Saran Wrap technique. But I think this looks beautiful! It has a lot of depth.

  13. :o. you are so smart!!

  14. This is awesome. I''m definitely going to give this one a try, and also your Candy Cane Nails. Thanks for sharing all your hints and tips, and for the tutorials for your wonderful designs.


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