Friday, December 31, 2010

NOTD: Teal Water Marble

Yesterday, I decided to try the water-marbling technique, and I thought I'd share with you lovelies. It was originally supposed to include silver, but my silver (Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Celeb City) didn't work for this technique.

What You Need:

  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in For Audrey (light teal)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Cuckoo For This Color (darker, shimmery teal)
  • Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat (base coat/top coat)
  • plastic bowl
  • water
  • toothpicks
  • cotton swabs
  • Vaseline
  • nail polish remover (I prefer the kind with acetone, but whichever one you like best will work)
  • a firm, skinny paint brush
  • toilet paper

(This was supposed to be more bullseye-looking, but I'm not very good at Paint.  Just focus on the lines.)
  1. Keep everything ready first, or (trust me) you will mess up your manicure trying to get everything.  That means opening the nail polish bottles, filling the bowl with water, and having everything in front of you.   I also like to cover the table with newspaper to catch drips.
  2. Apply base coat.
  3. Paint nails with one coat of For Audrey.
  4. Coat finger around nail with Vaseline.  Do this on one nail at a time, right before you start the marbling for that nail.  The Vaseline prevents the nail polish from sticking to your skin when you dunk your nail, so you can just wipe it off.  If you coat all the fingers first, the Vaseline will dry out.
  5. Now it's time to start the marbling.  You have to work quickly, or the nail polish will harden and you won't be able to drag your design.  Let one drop of For Audrey fall into the water.  It should spread out on the surface.
  6. Let one drop of Cuckoo For This Color fall into the water at the center of the circle formed by For Audrey.
  7. Alternate dropping For Audrey and Cuckoo For This Color into the water to form a bullseye.
  8. Once you have at least 8 rings of polish, it's time to start dragging.  Take a toothpick, drag it from the center of the bullseye to the edge.  Do this 4 times to form a star (as shown by the white lines in the diagram above).  In between each of those 4 points, drag 2 lines (as shown by the gray lines in the diagram above).
  9. If your toothpick is collecting too much polish, wipe the tip off on some toilet paper.
  10. Poke the toothpick down at the center.  This should attract the polish back towards the center.
  11. Now comes the fun part.  Lightly skimming the surface of the water, swirl the polish around until you create a design you like.
  12. Aim your finger over the part that you want to go on your nail.
  13. Dunk your finger, nail down, into the design.
  14. Swirl the toothpick in the water to collect the excess polish before you remove your finger.
  15. Rub the cotton swab around your finger to remove the excess polish.
  16. Repeat steps 4-15 for each nail.
  17. Using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, remove any excess polish that you missed the first time.
  18. Dip the paint brush in nail polish remover and use it to remove excess polish around the cuticle and nail bed.  This works better than the cotton swab because it has a pointed tip.
  19. Apply top coat to each nail.
  20. Admire :)
And there you have it.  A simple (yes, compared to some, this is very simple) teal water marble.

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