Hi everybody! So today I have an exciting blog post for you! It is my first picture tutorial blog. I was originally going to use my WordPress site for nail polish reviews, but I decided to incorporate all of my nail polish reviews, nail art tutorials and nail art into one site.
So, without further ado… Let’s get started!
So this is what we’re aiming to achieve today…
It looks difficult, but really, it’s not.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cuticle and nail oil. (Optional.)
- A nail file. (Optional.)
- A good quality base coat.
- Nail polish remover.
- Red nail lacquer/polish.
- Liquid latex/palisade. (Optional.)
- A cup.
- White nail lacquer/polish.
- Clear nail polish, top coat or base coat.
- A good quality top coat.
I’m you are going to use a nail and cuticle oil, begin with that. I used O.P.I’s Avoplex oil. Apply a thin layer to all of your nails and cuticles, this includes the space where dirt gets into your nails, (this area is helps your nails grow too.) Now rub in the oil gently.
I then filed all of my nails to even them all out. But you don’t have to do this if you’re happy with the shape of your nails.
Now, a lot of people will disagree with this step, but I do it because it helps my manicure last longer. I dehydrate my nails with nail polish remover. This allows the base coat to stick to your nature nails a lot better. Get a cotton bud/Q tip and soak it in the remover. Gently run the bud over the surface of your nails, being careful not to touch the skin around your nails. We want the oil to stay there.
Now that your nails are prepped, apply a thick layer of your base coat. I used Superdrugs three in one base coat, ridge filler and growth enhancer.
.Once that is dry, you can apply your nail colour. I’m using Son Of A Nutcracker by China Glaze.
While that’s drying, you can apply your liquid latex, or, if you have a latex allergy, you could use liquid palisade. Some people don’t like using a liquid, some people use tape or nothing at all. They just clean up afterwards with cotton pads and clean up brushes dipped in Acetone.
I like to put the latex right down to the second knuckle. This just prevents any excess nail polish on your skin.
Next fill your cup/container with semi warm water. Most people would recommend using room temperature water, but I think warm water works better.
This is my water marble cup, as you can see, it’s been used a lot!
Now, this is the tricky bit. This trick is to take your time. This is why I choose to use warm water, it stops the polish drying on the waters surface quickly. Starting with your white, drop one drop of polish into the water. If you’re using a weak white, use two drops. Now drop one drop of your clear polish, (top and base coats can also be used for this.) Alternate between the two polishes until you have 4 – 5 rings of each colour. It doesn’t matter which colour you end with. Now take a sewing needle or orange wood stick, and marble your design. I start in the centre and pull out at both sides, then I worked up and down. Turn your cup and work up and down again. By the end, you should have a pattern that looks a little like this…
Now, all you need to do is dip your nail flat into the water. Wait a few seconds and with a cotton bud, clean the rest of the water and pull out your finger. With a cotton pad, dab the water away and peel of your latex! If you have any polish around the sides of your nail, take a small paint brush dipped in nail polish remover and clean it up.
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