July 31, 2013

Spotted Water Marbling Nail Art Tutorial

Today I was inspired to try something new, spotted water marbling.  Specifically, I was inspired by this post I saw over on Cosmetic Sanctuary.  While I don't claim to have come up with this method, I will show you what worked best for me.  I don't think it looks too bad at all for a first attempt.  My middle nail is my personal favorite of the bunch.  I'm sure this is one of those methods that a bit of practice turns into lots of improvement.

What you need:
  • Base colour polish (I used Pahlish Though Still And Storm)
  • Marbling polish(es) (I used Sally Hansen Black Diamond and Sequin Frost)
  • Plastic container
  • Room temperature water (filtered works a bit better, but not necessary)
  • Toothpick
  • Pump (not aerosol) hair spray (I used Herbal Essences Set Me Up hairspray)
  • Top coat
  • Clean up supplies (cotton pads, nail polish remover, etc.)

Step 1: Paint your nails with your base colour and let them dry completely.

Step 2: Put some water into your plastic container (ignore the black polish drop at the bottom, the first kind I tried sank).

Step 3: Drop some some polish onto the water surface.  Don't hold the brush to high above the water or the polish will sink to the bottom.  I found 3 drops worked well for the black polish.

Step 4: Wait a few seconds until the polish spreads out.

Step 5: Spray a single spray of hairspray at the polish.  I found spraying from about 6" away worked well.

Step 6: Wait a few seconds for the spotted pattern to form.  It won't look exactly the same every time.  Either of the two pattern types below are fine.

Step 7: Dip your nail into the polish pattern.  I found that holding my nail at a slight angle and dipping it straight down worked well.

Step 8: While your nail is still underwater drag a toothpick around your finger to gather up any polish that's still floating.

Step 9: Pull your finger out of the water.  It's gonna be messy.

Step 10: Repeat for all of your nails.

Step 11: If you want a second marbling colour repeat again for all of your nails with a different polish colour.

Step 12: Clean up.  I used acetone remover and cotton pads to clean up most of the polish off my skin and then used a q-tip dipped in remover to clean up close to the edges.

Step 13: Add a coat of your favorite top coat.

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