DIY embellished nails, old Forever 21 fingerless gloves; below: Erykah Badu for Tom Ford’s White Patchouli, nails by Sophy Robson

So I took a stab at someone else’s DIY for change — and not just “someone,” it’s actually a DIY for Elle UK from nail queen Sophy Robson (who probably had a quite literal hand in your favorite campaign this season). She also did the nails in one of my favorite campaign’s ever – Erykah Badu for Tom Ford. These glitter embellished nails screamed “hey, I can do that!” and so I did.

I simplified the DIY a little further by using just glitter polishes in different sizes (found them all for $1 at Sally’s) instead of loose glitter (less messy) and I skipped the rhinestones, but plan to add some later. Elle UK says the look is “perfect for parties” but I think that’s way too obvious. I’ve been rocking these nails with my grungier attire for a dose of contradiction. Sean’s reaction to the nails was “but isn’t glitter kind of tacky?” which usually counts as a success in my book. Check out the DIY instructions at Elle UK and more of Sophy’s work here. What do you think?

badu tom ford


  • STOP IT RIGHT NOW / September 1, 2010

    ooooh they look so profesh!

  • Amy / September 1, 2010

    Awesome! I love the white with glitter, it’s more subtle and unexpected.

    x Amy

  • Ria / September 1, 2010

    Killer DIY. Definitely giving this a try.

  • Dynah / September 1, 2010

    Those nails are awesome! I agree that they’d pair better with a low-key outfit, dressing it up a bit. If you want party nails you could make them all gold and Goddy.

  • nicolette / September 2, 2010

    yes!!! glitter polish has been my jam lately. it’s impossible not to smile every time you look down at your hand it looks like you’ve dipped your finger tips in an arts and crafts bin.

    xx nico

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  • kim / September 2, 2010

    super cute, I have to try this!

  • Olga Olnu Allroundgyal / September 2, 2010

    That looks amazing
    Thanks for the link

  • Laynie / September 3, 2010

    Oh wow, your photos are wonderful! I love what you’ve done with this look, it’s simple and a bit edgy at the same time. I may have to try and put my own spin on things!

  • Colleen / September 6, 2010

    ooo pretty

  • sRa / September 15, 2010

    is it the white glitter base that made your nails so white? i like.

    and i love erykah anytime anywhere.

  • Jazzi / September 16, 2010

    @sRa The white is actually from the press-on nails I used for the DIY (I needed to be able to get them off quickly) but you could get the same look by using a creamy base coat!

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  • Nacha Kama / September 29, 2010

    really cool stuff

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  • rhinestone / September 30, 2011

    love this nail design so much