The Ring and the Crown Inspired Nail Art Tutorial

I have a collaboration for you today that was super fun to do! The cover art of Melissa de la Cruz’s The Ring and the Crown is completely gorgeous and I couldn't help but to create this fun look inspired by the book, check out this tutorial and find out all about the book, in stores April 1, 2014! 
Take a look at this beautiful cover art! 

Magic is power, and power is magic…

Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.

As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d’Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.

But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family’s position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.

Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn’t even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.

When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.

Products used:  
  • Dior Vernis - Merveille 651, Icone 862, Bond Street 797, Bahia 792 and 667 and Samba 794
  • Nail art brushes in 2 different sizes
  1. Paint nails your base color. I used 1 coat of Dior Bahia 792. (Photo 1)
  2. Place drops of polish on wax paper or other non-porous material. (Photo 1)
  3. Using small/medium size flat nail art brush randomly swatch on shades to resemble book cover. (Photos 2-5)
  4. Using small thin nail art brush paint your crown outline. (Photo 6)
  5. Fill in crown shape in red paint with small nail art brush and top coat. (Photo 7)
·         Visit the official website
·         Follow Melissa de la Cruz on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr
·         Follow Hyperion Teen on Twitter and Tumblr 

Melissa de la Cruz ( is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series:Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.

What do you think? A super easy nail look, and a fun book! Have you ever matched your nails to a book or something else unconventional?

All the best, 
*Post sponsored by The Ring and the Crown.


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