My friend Bianca recently posted an amazeballs picture of her nails on Facebook.
Wowie! I want! Of course, my crafty/arty skills are so lacking that I’d never be able to do this myself. I expressed my desire for equally awesome nails and Bianca pointed me in the direction of youtube. I watched this tutorial and then decided that I had to at least attempt to make this happen for me. (When I told Stephen, his response was, “Isn’t that sort of thing for crafty people?” Ha! He knows me well!)
- cup of water
- toothpick (I didn’t have one so I used a kabob stick!)
- nail polish
Step 1: Watch multiple youtube videos on water marble nails.
Step 2: Prep your supplies. I put the water in the cup, got out the kabob stick, and put tape all around my finger. (You tape up your finger to prevent polish from getting on your skin.
Step 3: Drop alternating colors of polish into your cup. The idea is to make a bullseye pattern.
Step 4: Use your toothpick (or kabob stick) to herd the nail polish and make designs. My kills are very limited in this department. I would just make random swirls.
Step 5: Dip your finger into the water. It helps to directly put your nail onto the part of the design you want and then submerge it.
Step 6: Use your toothpick to scoop up all the excess polish floating on the water. (This is so none of it latches on your nail and foils your design.)
Voila! Sort of.
I ended up with one really cool nail, a bunch of really bad nails, and a few mediocre nails. I ended up taking the polish off of the blob nails and just having plain polish on those fingers.
It took some trial and error, but I’ve kind of got it down now. I figured out that not all polish works equally. It helps if the polish doesn’t dry super fast. Fans and air conditioning can also cause the polish to dry in your cup before you get the chance to dip your finger. It doesn’t hurt to put a base coat on your nail first.
This will potentially be my new addiction this summer. Don’t be surprised if you see many more crazy nail pictures popping up.
Anybody else tried their hand at water marble nails???*