I'm Getting My Macaron Fix Through Nail Art Because I Just Went Vegan

They're too cute not to stare at all day.
Publish date:
October 14, 2013
nail art, How-To, vegan, tutorial, manicure, food, macarons, kawaii, cute

I am macaron-obsessed. I’ve worked in a macaron shop (where I spent most of my time “accidentally” breaking the tiny treats so I could eat them). I have three macaron keepsake boxes, and every time I go to NYC or Paris I pick up a box or two (or three) from Ladurée and spend a stupid amount of money in the process.

Sadly, though, I’m working towards veganizing my diet, so until some brilliant genius (ahem, Babycakes NYC) comes up with a vegan version, I have just bought my last three macarons from Nadege, a Toronto Patisserie with the most amazing miniature cakes.

In an effort to avoid total heartbreak, I’ve found a new way to have macarons in my life: nail art!


Choose your nail polish colours. I went with an all-pastel lineup, but you can really use any colours as long as you have two shades of one colour, a light and a dark. I went with two pinks, two purples, a simple white background, and a basecoat/topcoat, but feel free to mix it up.

You’ll also need some very fine brushes (I got a set at the dollar store), nail polish remover, Q-tips, and some paper towels to mop up mistakes/use as a palette.


Prime your nails with a base coat and then paint them your base colour (in this case my base is white). Let them dry for a significant amount of time and clean up any messiness (I always get polish everywhere) with some polish remover on a Q-tip.


Using a tiny brush, paint a flat-topped circle on each nail. I picture it like painting two curved lines, the “cookie” part of the nail art. It also helps to think of painting burger buns, but not quite so curves at the top!

Try to leave a bit of space in the middle of the circle for the “icing,” but if you can’t manage a gap that’s OK.


Clean your brushes in a capful of nail polish remover between colours and paint off the excess onto the paper towel before starting on a new shade or section.


Paint the thinnest line you can manage through the middle of the cookie. It will probably end up too thick, but do your best.


If the icing did end up too thick (which it will unless you’re super-pro), paint a bit of the darker cookie part over it until the line is super thin and the cookie ratio is even. At this point, it should finally look like a macaron.


Cover your art with a thick layer of top coat and eat your (optional) inspiration macarons with your cute macaron-covered hands.