Interesting nail designs seem to be a hot trend the past couple seasons. From leopard print and stripes, to ombré and paisley, crazy nails are in! When I saw this pin on Pinterest it really caught my eye. I was really interested in how they could get the nail to look as if it was marbled. To my amazement the directions (which you can find here) said to use a bowl of water with nail polish swirled throughout to create this beautiful design. Seemed easy enough, so I knew I had to try it.
I followed the directions exactly. Applied a base coat and let it dry completely. Then took a cup filled it with room temperature water and began swirling. I started with the lightest color first and let a large drop of the color float into the water. I continued with my other colors until the polish was assembled in concentric circles within the cup. Next a toothpick was used to drag the polish from the outer ring of the circles to the middle of the cup. I did this a couple times to get a neat looking design.
The directions said to put scotch tape around cuticle and finger tips to limit the polish adhering to skin (thought this was the smartest thing ever). I then dipped my index finger into the polish water until the whole nail was submerged. A toothpick was used around the outside of the nail to remove excess polish. I let the nail dry for about 15 minutes. Just to make sure it was set. After, the tape was removed from the finger.
And Voilà … Well actually, not even close. Thank goodness I only did one nail!
The final direction was to add top coat to the nails, but with and end product looking like this…
I decided to forgo any medium that would make this manicure last any longer than it needed to! The colors looked muddled and dull… not to mention it’s a complete mess to clean up… AND cleaning up this catastrophe ruined my new dish brush.
I’m claiming this one a Pintrocity. Save yourself time and the mess. Skip the homemade marbled nails and just go buy Sally Hansen Nail Stickers!