I made a tutorial for all of you on how to do these gemstone/rupee nails! 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!

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: 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.
Step 4: take two more pieces of striping tape and tape off two more parallel areas, this time running shortways.
Step 5: fill in both areas with your #4 shade (just slightly darker than the base). Try not to paint over the areas you created in Step 3. If it’s a little messy, that’s okay, but I would recommend trying not to paint to the outside edges of the nail. This will help later when you are painting your corners. Again, wait for the polish to dry completely before removing the tape.
Step 6: Taking your #2 shade (just slightly lighter than your base), create a trapezoid shape at the top and bottom corner on the left side. This part can get a little tricky to figure out the angle that your lines should go. It helps to remember that each shape you are creating on the nail will be a trapezoid (i.e. bigger on the outside edge and smaller on the inside edge).
Step 7: repeat Step 6 using your #5 shade on the right side of the nail. 

Finish off with topcoat and your gems are ready!

Let me know if you have any questions about these nails! I can’t wait to see your nails when you try them!

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As requested by nailpornography, a tutorial inspired by these Coachella Ferris Wheel nails I did.
Colors Used:
Snow Me White - Sinful Colors
Lemonade - Orly
Pink Blink - Sally Hansen
Cotton Candy - Orly
Jewlie Box - Barielle Shades
Barefoot in Blue - Essie
Pepperminty - Ciate
Migi Nail Art Pen in Black

1. Paint a base coat of white polish. It doesn’t need to be perfect. It is just there to make your sunset colors more vivid.
2. Paint each third of your nail with your light yellow, light pink, and light blue. It is okay (almost better) if the coverage is imperfect. This helps to make the effect really look like clouds in the sky! Let dry completely.
3. Take your dark pink polish and get as much of the polish out of the brush as possible when wiping it back and forth on the opening of the bottle (just make sure there is little/no excess of polish). Using light strokes, paint side to side over the edge of the light yellow and light pink. Try to make these colors fade into each other. Do the same with your purple/blue tones towards the top. If you are not satisfied with the blending, I like to take clear polish and, using a good deal of polish, paint over the colors and smudge them together. 
4. Using a black Migi nail art pen (or small brush), draw a circle in the bottom right corner of the nail. 
5. On the inside of the previous circle, draw a smaller, thinner circle.
6. Draw two lines from the center of the circle outwards just past the outer circle.
7. Draw thinner lines from center of the circle to the outer circle.
8. Around the outer circle, paint long, horizontal dots. The ones on the sides can go over the outer circle, that is, showing on both sides of the line.
9. Make a lumpy/uneven “french tip” sort of look on the edge of your nail.
10. Add a little palm tree off to the side and you’re set!

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions! And make sure you post pictures of your Ferris Wheel nails! I’d love to see them!