Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Grape Manicure How-To (An Easy Fall and Thanksgiving / Beaujolais Nouveau Mani Tutorial Using Colors You Probably Already Have)

by Randi Reed

This easy Fall 2014 manicure uses nail polish shades you may already have and is perfect for when want something that says "harvest" for Thanksgiving without typical autumn colors. It's also the color of the Gamay grape used for Beaujolais Nouveau wine, released each year on the third Thursday of November. Bored of black after Halloween but still loving your dark polish? If so, the Black Grape mani may be for you.


An opaque, dark navy cream polish. (I used the navy polish from the Nail Rock Velvet Manicure kit in "Velvet Navy".)

An opaque, dark purple cream, about a shade lighter than your dark navy. (I used a dark purple limited edition I bought a couple of years ago--OPI “Sapphire in the Snow”.)  

For best results, you want a purple that's dark blue-based. When you hold the bottle next to your navy polish, you should see dark blue in there, as in the photos below, with no glitter, no metallic,  or no shimmer:

Nail Rock Velvet Navy, OPI Sapphire in the Snow.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Here you can see the close relationship between the colors.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Use any brands you like, as long as they're an opaque cream finish.  I used two seldom-worn shades I already had.

Your favorite glossy top coat (I like Revlon Extra-Life No Chip Top Coat.)

Inspiration: Inspired by one part autumn grape harvest and two parts rock and roll, I wanted a mani that would work for Thanksgiving without oranges and browns.  Having enough shopping to do, I also wanted to use colors I already had.


After applying your usual base coat (if you use it) and letting it dry, you're ready to proceed.

1. Apply two coats of dark navy, letting it dry thoroughly between coats.

2. When the navy is dry, apply a fairly light coat of dark purple (but not as thin as dry-brushing). It should be an even coat and not actually sheer enough to see through.

3. Let dry thoroughly, and top with your favorite glossy top coat. (A matte top coat would also work well, although I haven't tried it.)

Your nails will be the exact color of a black Concord or Gamay grape...Not black, not dark purple, not navy, yet surprisingly neutral thanks to the balance of blue, red, and black.

Hard to photograph, but left to right this is one coat of navy,
then two coats navy with a coat of dark purple.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
Concord grapes. (Photo:

More Mani Mixes / Easy Nail Art here (with Ruffian "Relic" and Zoya "Dahlia") and here (with Zoya "Rebel" and "Vega").

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