Monday, April 20, 2015

Manicure Monday (Water Marbling Attempt #2)

Ahh, another Manicure Monday! This week I thought I would give Water Marbling another try - my last attempt was all the way in August and it wasn't the best - if you want a refresher, you can view it here.

Here are the products I used for this week's Manicure:

  • NCLA polish in Santa Monica Shore Thing
  • ORLY polish in Cake Pop
  • Julep Polish in Katie
  • Formula X nail cleanser and base coat
  • OPI Top Coat 
  • Little dixie cup of water
  • orange stick or toothpick 
Here are the steps I followed: 
1. Nail cleanser and base coat
2. 2 coats of base polish (I used light pink) - let dry very well

4. Fill cup with room temp. water
5. Have the lids of all nail polishes opened and drop each color in one at a time

6. The polish should spread out (mine did not), then take your orange stick or toothpick and create a design in the polish

7. Angle your nail and dip nail in to polish

8. Use stick and remove excess polish in cup from finger
9. Pull nail out of water

*This is not the intended look - i'm clearly still doing something wrong*

10. Complete on all nails, or as many as you like
11. Let dry well and finish with top coat

Again, here is a look at my final look:

So they don't look like they are supposed to - but I don't hate them! I think they look kind of cool, but not actual water marbling! 

I have narrowed it down to 2 things I am possibly doing wrong:
1. Not using filtered water - apparently if the water is too hard, the polish will not spread out as it is supposed to - so I think because mine did not spread out the polish was too thick when I put my nail in and went everywhere! 
2. Not pulling my nail out of the water quick enough

Alright, so the next time I attempt this, I am am going to change those 2 things and maybe they will look as they are supposed to! 

Have you attempted water marbling before? Any tips for me?

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