Water marbling tends to be a challenge for me, but this year I had it pretty easy. Continue reading
Water marble day is usually a pain for me, but it is supposed to be a challenge! I usually spend most of my time trying to find polishes that spread well in the water. This time was no different. My first attempts at creating a flower failed because they were all too big for my nails. Finally I realized I should just work with the inner parts of the bullseye instead of the whole thing, and then I started getting some floral designs that could actually fit on my nails.
My favorite is the middle nail, which reminds me of a fern. The flowers look okay, but I don’t like them as much as my pastel warble marble I did a couple of years ago. I love the touch of glitter I added though – I think it makes it look much better.
Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?
Essie Golden Nuggets
Normally I’m not a fan of caviar beads fully covering the nail, because they tend to be too messy looking and cling onto things, but I love using them as accents. I think they look great complimenting the waves of the water marble, and they add some precision to an otherwise chaotic design. I do wish the beads would have better covered the pinky nail since the bald spots bother me, but from far away you can’t tell.
I had to use flash in the photos because the natural light was too dim, so the colors look much brighter. In real life the blue is darker and more subdued. For the water marble, I started off with L.A. Colors Circuits, a black base. I then used Kleancolor Bikini Green, ORLY Monroe’s Red, and ORLY Snowcone to marble with. I just realized this is my third time in a row using Snowcone, but I absolutely love it, and got it recently. I had originally planned on using a different red and blue (Revlon Parfumerie China Flower and Sparitual Circle of Life) but they didn’t work for the design I had in mind. The Sparitual polish didn’t marble well and was too dark over the black. The Revlon was better, but it also looked dark over the black base. For the pinky, I used Ciaté Ladylike Luxe, a shimmering gold, and the matching caviar pearls in Lustre, both of which come in the Caviar Manicure Luxe kit.
I’m nearing the end of the challenge! Although I should have finished last month :S I had actually planned to do and post a Halloween manicure today, but I ended up not having any time.
I love how this one turned out and wore it for a whole week. Milani 3D Holographic Cyberspace is amazing! It looks way better on the nail than in the bottle. For the water marbling, I used Sparitual Full of Life and Sinful Colors Nirvana. Both worked pretty well in the water. The lovely bronze color on my thumb is Fresh Paint Steampunk.
I had hoped to upload this design sooner, but I was having problems with my camera. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I think it looks much better in person, but I tried to get the colors of the polish as accurate as possible in the photo. I only used 2 colors for this design (over a white base – 1 coat), both from Revlon: Dreamer and Flirt. Before, I experimented with several colors and brands, such as Ulta, Wet ‘n’ Wild, and Covergirl, and while those were okay to work with, I found that the Revlon polishes were best. I love how the blue and pink mixed to form the purple. As a final touch I added the rhinestones to the middle of each flower.
31 Day Challenge: Water Marble
OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! Matte
Sephora OPI Run With It!
Water Marbled with Sinful Color’s Social Ladder and Winterberry, and Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast’s Haze of Love. It took me so many tries to achieve the effect I wanted. I chose the colors in honor of Thanksgiving, Haze of Love makes me think of cranberries.