Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You're Gonna Love It - Water Marbling

Hey Everyone!

So this is my first post and I hope you enjoy everything I have in store for you.

Today I wanted to show you one of my favorite nail techniques to use.  It is called 'water marbling'.  Basically, you drip your polish in water and create patterns (ie swirls, hearts).  Then when you have your desired design, just dip your nail and now you have a one-of-a-kind nail design.  Below is a step by step on how to create this unique look for yourself.  Here we go!

What You Need:
base coat and top coat
2 or more of your favorite polishes
a small cup or bowl of room temperature filtered water (very important part)
Scotch tape
toothpicks or orange sticks
paper towel

Step by Step:
1.  After you put on your base coat, you may want to paint your nails with a white polish to make the marbling stand out better.
2.  Now take the tape and place it around your nail making sure to leave the tape loose on the sides and the back of your finger.  The point is to cover your skin but leave the nail exposed.
3.  Take the polishes you chose and drip them in the water by alternating the colors and the finished product should look like a bulls eye.
4.  Now take a toothpick and gently swirl the colors to create a pattern that you like.  After each stroke, you should wipe the polish off the toothpick onto a paper towel.
5.  Slowly dip the taped nail into the part of the pattern you like best.  Leave your finger in the water.
6.  Remove the remaining polish from the water with the toothpick and slowly remove your finger.
7.  Now take your scissors and cut a part of the tape that is loose and carefully pull the tape off and toss it.
8.  You may want to wait at least 10-20 minutes for your nails to dry since the water slows down the drying process.  Then apply a top coat and you are good to go.
*I also like to use dryer spray to help with the drying.*

Here are a couple of pics of my water marbling I did tonight.

What I Used:
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails nail hardener base coat - available at Walgreen's
China Glaze In the Limelight - available at Sally Beauty Supply
Sinful Colors Soul Mate - available at Walgreen's
LA Girl Flare Navy - available at F21
Essie Matte About You top coat - available at Amazon.com
DeMert Nail Enamel Dryer spray - available at Wal-Mart

I really hope that everyone enjoyed this, and I really hope that you try it.  Once you get the hang of it, it gets easier everytime and it's really fun.  If you try it out I would love to see some pics, and if you need more help just visit Simple Little Pleasures.  I don't know her, but she has some AMAZING tutorials and tips for water marbling.

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  1. These are hot. I like the color combo...I've tried the water marbling a couple of times, but my polish always dries and forms a "skin" on top of my water. I got an "OK" set once, but never really got what I was going for. I wanted to do a water marbling post...would you mind if I put the link to yours on my page? I could post the pics of mine, too (they're not half as good as yours).

  2. it's really difficult the first thousand times but like i said, them more you do it, the easier it gets. i'm still not great at it, but yeah. go right ahead and link it if you want. i appreciate it.

  3. You're welcome, chica. Thanks for letting me post...I'll send you followers if I can; I need some followers myself! LOL...ITS LONELY OVER HERE!!

  4. oh i know. i feel like im blogging to myself lol.


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