So it’s been a while since I’ve done any water marbled nails, so I decided to give it a go again. However I soon remembered why I hadn’t done it in so long. I always get in such a mess with water marbling. I had nail polish all over my fingers and all over my desk by the end of it and I only did 4 nails lol.
Anyways, I started by getting all my equipment and my cup of room temperature water ready. I decided to use a yellow, teal and dark purple colour for the marble design. As the yellow is the lightest colour, I used this to paint the base coats onto the nails I was applying the water marble to.
Once this was dry, I used tape to cover around my nails to help with the cleanup. I then started dripping each of my colours one at a time into the top of the water quickly. I then used a toothpick to make a pattern and then dipped my finger into the water. I left it for a few seconds for the polish left on the surface to dry, and then used the toothpick to clean away the excess.
I then removed my finger from the water, carefully removed the tape, and then used my top coat over the top. I repeated this in order to marble the ring and thumb nails on each hand. Each nail came out differently, some a lot better than the others.
For the remaining 3 nails, I painted each of them in one of the colours used in the marble effect. Yellow for the little finger, teal on the middle finger and purple on the other. I finished each of these nails off with 2 rhinestones on each before using my top coat.
Sorry for the bad photos. I actually did this design in the winter at night a couple of years ago and so only had artificial light. For this design I wanted there to be a difference in finishes between the 2 colours. Therefore I went for a plain gloss base and a shimmery duochrome over the top.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. I made sure I gave this plenty of drying time.
Then, working on 1 nail at a time, I applied a zig zag shaped nail art sticker. While this was on I painted over it in my duochrome overlay.
This is a pretty pink shimmery shade that changes to tones of gold and bronze. I did 2 quick coats of this so that it was opaque but had not had enough time to dry.
I then carefully peeled off the sticker and added a top coat after it had dried for a couple of minutes.
For this design I wanted to use one of the magnetic nail paints that I have lying around that I never seem to use much.
I started by painting the middle and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a magnetic red nail paint. On the second coat I used a magnet with horizontal lines to make the magnetic pattern.
I wanted different nails to have a different look. So on the thumb nails I used 2 coats of a red glitter in a red base.
On the remaining fingers I used 2 coats of an off white shade that had flecks of silver glitter in it.
On the index fingers I then added a row of red rhinestones and silver nail beads along the base of the nail.
This was a nice simple design, that looks like it was more effort than it was.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright pink shade from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.
I left this so that it had plenty of time to dry as I didn’t want the base layer to get pulled when adding the foil. I then took a clear top coat. I removed all excess from the brush and then randomly stroked it across the nail, making sure that I left gaps.
I then took a gold coloured nail foil and pressed this on top of the nail and then removed it. This left random patches of gold within the pink.
I repeated this across all nails before finishing everything off with a layer of topcoat.
For this design I wanted to try putting a matte top coat over the top of a duochrome polish.
I started by giving all nails a dark green base as the main colour of the duochrome polish I was using was green.
I then went over the top of this with a coat of my duochrome polish. This polish was from Born Pretty and changes from green to purple, but also has flecks of multi sized green glitter in it as well.
On the middle and ring fingers I stamped over the top of this in white using a floral pattern from a large Born Pretty stamping plate.
On the remaining fingers I used a flat brush to paint a white tip on each, before finishing everything off with a matte top coat.