Microbead Mani – How To

You may recall my post about these Nail ‘Constellations’ from MUA last week, well I wanted to wait until they’d been worn and removed to review as removal was my number one question. In answer to that before we go any further it was super easy. I’d read that girls were scraping the balls off their nails prior to removing the remainder as normal but I found it quick to take off with a soaked cotton pad, no fuss but be careful that you don’t get the little bits everywhere.. not something to do in bed. Now on to my second major concern.. application.. how on earth was I going to get those suckers on my nails without creating a smudgy mess? Read on..

I painted my nails with Pistachio Ice Cream from MUA before going back over my ring fingers and thumbs with a wet coat for the beads to adhere to. One note here already, I would recommend that the wet coat you use as ‘glue’ be clear/top coat as it would be much easier to clean up mistakes if the beads weren’t covered in coloured polish. I would also suggest that you choose are relatively dark base as it will show less gaps (unless of course the constellations you have are very light)

When I saw the applicator on this I thought, great! It looks like they’ve made things so simple.. not so. I tried to ‘squirt’ the beads out on to my nails but either nothing came out or far too many did, it just didn’t work. By the time I’d got enough beads on my lap to work with my nails were dry.. here’s another reason why the adhesion layer should be clear.. I had to dab on the mint colour where my polish had become to dry to stick and it was all getting a bit messy. I soon realised the quickest and easiest way to do this was to get the balls out of the tube and sprinkle them on with my fingers. If you have these or are contemplating buying them don’t even bother with the applicator just go for the sprinkle, you’ll save a lot of time! The directions said to press gently on the nails, this was something else I had trouble with. Because there were patches that I’d had to go over again due to the polish drying before I’d finished situation when I pressed down the beads lifted. I only had this issue on the first nail where I was persevering with the applicator, after they all pressed down fine.

 Overall I was really impressed by this. Once I got the hang of it it was easy, not too fiddly, a doddle to remove and I’d definitely do it again. I’ve trialled so many nail art type products and I have to say this was not on my list because I feared it would just be too much work but it’s really pretty simple and extremely effective. I can’t tell you how many people commented on my nails and I work for a railway company.. people just aren’t that interested. Below you can see an example of why you should follow all my aforementioned tips, this is my thumb on my left hand, I got Lee involved with the applicator and it was just a complete waste of time. Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle people!!!

 Lastly a note on longevity.. much better than I’d expected. I washed up and bathed every day as well as washing my hair etc and they lasted 3/4 days before starting to look tatty and in all honesty had it not been for my other non-beaded nails chipping I could have lived with the wear and tear. I’d definitely recommend you give these a go and with the upcoming party season I will be investing in some more colours.

MUA Nail Constellations available here for £3

Miss BB

*PR Sample



  1. 14 October, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    This looks really good! And thanks for the tip about using a clear polish as ‘glue’… I hadn’t thought about how messy it would be but it seems like a really obvious thing to do now that you’ve suggested it.

    I’m loving your new blog design by the way… I’m very jealous! x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      15 October, 2012 / 5:27 pm

      yes I thought it seemed obvious afterwards too haha.. what a fool I am! and thank you! It’s not quite finished yet and I’m awaiting the invoice, eek! lol

  2. 14 October, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Looks great! Never thought it would be so easy or last so long – definitely worth a try for £3..

    • missbudgetbeauty
      15 October, 2012 / 5:29 pm

      yes they’re much much better than I thought they’d be!

  3. 14 October, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    I was so disappointed to find these were sold out in my local Superdrug, they look great and they’re such a bargain! I really like your colour combo, that polish is a gorgeous colour. Didn’t expect them to last that long, I’m definitely going to keep searching! Thank you x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      15 October, 2012 / 5:30 pm

      aww! yes definitely keep looking ’cause they’re awesome!

  4. Anna R
    14 October, 2012 / 8:45 pm

    The fifth photo down is amazing, don’t tell me you took it at the same time as applying the hundreds and thousands – actually couldn’t you just do this with hundreds and thousands?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      15 October, 2012 / 5:32 pm

      haha!! yes I thought the same but with hundreds and thousands being perishable I think they might disintegrate on contact with the polish let alone in the bath haha x

  5. Lynda
    15 October, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    YAY!! I finally found all of the nail constellations in my local superdrug!! They were all out the back of the shop though so they had to fetch them out of a new box for me! If I hadn’t have asked for them I still would be looking!! I love them all and I’m defin trying your tricks as I would be in such a mess! Thanks for showing me an easy way to apply 😀

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 October, 2012 / 9:00 am

      yay!!! I will be doing them again for halloween

  6. 3 January, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    I LOVE that nail polish, one of my faves! The perfect spring shade. Just wondering which of the constellation bead bottles that was, it looks like Piscies? xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      3 January, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      yes! and indeed, perfect for spring x

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