These Beer-Inspired Manis Will Blow Your Mind

With the craft beer craze in full effect, lager lovers have learned to pair their brews with all sorts of things: burgers, chocolate...even bacon. As shameless beauty lovers, we had to ask…why not pair them with your nails? Meg Toth, the woman behind Nails and Ales asked the same loaded question. Here, she shows us how to drink in serious style with four mani designs inspired by niche beer labels (Bud Light is nowhere to be found.).

Hitachino Nest's Red Rice Ale

The Brew: Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

The Mani: Take your dotting tool game to a whole new level with this intricate pattern. Start with a base of Deborah Lippmann's Whip It. Next, dot outward from each of these 4 times to form a dotted cross on your nail. Anchor each row with a larger dot. Now go back to the original middle dot and create rows of smaller dots in between the cross lines, so that your nail looks like a starburst. Connect these paint trails with the cross lines in a diamond shape. The overall look will resemble a nautical star-like pattern.

Thornbridge’s Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout

The Brew: Thornbridge Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout

The Mani: This label is a bit intricate, so we'll focus on the colors here instead of the pattern. Start with a base in Floss Gloss’s Fast Lane This is a bright color, so dim it down to match the label by painting one coat of OPI’s Sheer Tint in Don’t Violet Me Down over it. Next, use a dotting tool and Color Club’s Top Shelf or Winter Affair to paint 2 half circles at your cuticle. Then, paint a thin, straight line of the gold color down the edges of your nail, leaving the tip unpainted. It should look like a drawn curtain when you’re done.

Dogfish Head’s Rosabi Imperial Pale Ale

The Brew: Dogfish Head Rosabi Imperial Pale Ale

The Mani: Get a jump on your fall nail game with this deep red mani and wasabi-brewed combo. Use a dark red polish for the base here, such as Color Club’s Red-ical Gypsy. Next, using a dotting tool dipped in a metallic silver like Color Club’s On the Rocks, start from the cuticle and paint straight lines toward the tip of your nail. They should all connect, like branches on a tree, and be different lengths and placed at different angles. Make another “branch” starting from the cuticle and paint it to the end of your nail. Then go in and connect the 2 clusters of branches together with straight lines.

Perennial Artisan Ales’ Saison De Lis

The Brew: Perennial Artisan Ales Saison De Lis

The Mani: What better way to toast the end of summer than with a refreshing Saison brewed with chamomile and a precious flower mani? Use a light-medium blue base such as Color Club’s Take Me To Your Chateau. Next, using a grass-green acrylic paint and a very thin, long brush, paint stems from the middle of your nail to the tip and varying lengths. Then, using a small dotting tool and white paint, make irregularly shaped circles at the end of each stem. Find the tiniest dotting tool you can and a light orange paint to make the center of the flowers. They should look like little fried eggs on a stem when you’re done.

Cover each design with a thick top coat like tenoverten’s The Shield to ensure a long-lasting mani. Now imbibe your brew while basking in your nail awesomeness. Pinkies up!

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