Sunday, May 19, 2013

Watercolor Manicure

Howdy, everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  I went out with my friends to watch The Great Gatsby this afternoon.  I enjoyed it, but I haven't read the book yet.  Not sure how I managed to escape high school without reading it, but there you have it lol

Anyway, just a quick post this evening to show off a new-to-me technique I tried out.  I've seen some watercolor nails floating around the internet lately so I thought I'd give them a shot.  The technique is pretty simple.  You start with a base color and then dot on a contrasting polish.  While that dot is still wet, you take a small brush dipped in acetone and swipe it over the still-wet dot.  The acetone causes the polish to run and pool, similar to the effect that watercolor paints have.

I'm really loving this manicure!  I can't wait to try this technique with different colors, but it'll be hard to beat this blue combo.  It looks like waves and swirls of pretty!

 I was actually a little surprised at how easy this turned out to be.  Even if your dots of contrasting polish dry a bit too much, the acetone will re-wet it and make it flow.  And, if you get a result you don't care for, you can cover it up with another dot and keep going.  Gotta love that kind of flexibility in a manicure!

I actually liked my right hand nails better than my left (which is my usual "photo" hand) so I wanted to throw a shot of those up.  Forgive my cuticles, I tend to not take as much care with my right hand since I don't photograph it as much.  Bad practice, I know, but I'm not the only one.  Right?  Right?  Ok, Ok, I get lazy!

What do you all think?  Has anyone given this technique a try?  How'd they turn out?

Thanks so much for reading!

Polish list:
Base color: 3 coats of Wet 'n' Wild Megalast in 2% Milk
Watercolor polishes: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Breezy Blue, Blue Me Away!, and Pacific Blue; Milani in Midnight Satin

1 comment:

  1. I like the effect! Very pretty...and any manicure with Pacific Blue is gorgeous, in my opinion.


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