Thursday, October 4, 2012
Nail-aween Challenge 1: Water Marble
Howdy! As promised, I have my first Nail-aween Nail Art Challenge challenge for you today. Wow, that was a mouthful! The first challenge is a water marble. Everyone loves how water marbles look and everyone hates doing them. The technique is time-consuming, polish-consuming, and sanity-consuming. So I cheated. Here's a photo:
*more after the jump*
Still looks like a water marble, doesn't it? I started with 2 coats of Sunny Side Up from Wet 'n' Wild's Wild Shine line. I made faux water marble decals by dripping polish onto a saran wrapped surface and swirling the colors, similar to how a real water marble looks. I let them dry and then applied them to my nails while the base color was still tacky. Seriously, I may never do another actual water marble again. The faux technique is so much cleaner, doesn't waste near as much polish and it looks just about the same. The colors I used here were Sunny Side Up again, Wet 'n' Wild French White Creme and Sonia Kashuk Rock Star. Rock Star is actually a dark purple, but I think it came out more black in the photos. I'm kicking myself for not getting up early enough to finish this mani this morning so I could get photos in the sun. What can I say? I'm a night owl!
You can see I had some smudging issues. I went back in with a dotting tool and Sunny Side Up to add some details and I'm not sure when it happened, but I smudged. Overall, I think this was pretty successful. One more look:
If you're interested, you can check out the other challenge participants here, drop by and show them some love! Here's another look at the prompts for this challenge:
I'm really excited about the 2nd challenge, I've never done a Matte Doticure before. Check back soon to see if I can pull it off! Thanks for reading!