Sunday, May 19, 2013
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 water...so 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!
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