Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Marbled Christmas Nails! {Fun as Nails}

While I’ve never been the one for playing with make-up and I’m just NOW (at 27) developing a love of shoe shopping…I have always had fun doing my nails. For the 8th grade dance I actually did a design of a vine of flowers across my nails…it was really cute (and took a while!)…and went perfectly with my butterfly clips in my hair! (In my defense they were in style at the time). Anyway…doing my nails is the girly thing indulge in. Especially when I discover fun designs and colors! So I thought I’d start a feature about it: Welcome to Fun as Nails!

On Monday I decided to try my latest discovery…marble nails!

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While the technique for this is sort of time consuming it isn’t as hard as it might seem. If you are interested there is a pretty clear video tutorial {here}.

Here are the colors I used for my nails:

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The tutorial says to use white as a base coat but I didn’t have a white, so I used a light tan color that is typically used for French manicures. I think the colors on my nails might have come out brighter if I had used white so if you have a white…I think it might be better. The top coat on the left is just a generic clear coat that came in a nail polish set I got a while ago.

The two colors I used for the actual marbling were  OPI’s Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Wined Up.

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You will go through a LOT of tape and toothpicks! The tape really helps. Without it, a lot of extra polish on the surface of the water will get all over your finger. The tape makes it really easy to keep the polish only on your nail!

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I really thought these nails were fun and I really want to try to do this technique again with other colors (or maybe even with more than two colors!) But I think these green and red nails are a perfect nail for the season!

Here are some things I’d like to do for next time:

  • I’d like to try a white base coat to see if that makes the colors a bit brighter.
  • I did wait a really long time before applying my top coat, it still sort of made streaks in the marble pattern. I would either wait even longer between dipping my nail and putting on a top coat, or maybe use a quick dry lighter top coat. I do think a top coat is needed though because you are putting a pretty thin and kind of delicate layer of color on the nail. The top coat would definitely make it last longer.
  • I would use a plastic cup for the water. I had a mug that I didn’t care too much about…and it seems at first like the nail polish will clean up fine off the surface…but there was some residual polish that got on the sides.
  • I used the Insta-Dri purely for the tone of the red color…but I think it would be better to use a regular polish. I found the red sometimes dried on the surface too fast for me and regular polish will already dry fast since the layer on the water becomes very thin.

I had fun trying this though! And while there were some people online who said this technique is difficult…I find it more time consuming than difficult. I didn’t have trouble getting a cute design on the first try and its fun to see how each nail turns out…they are always different!

I plan to share more fun nail colors/designs/techniques/trends as I try them! Let me know if you try this technique! Are there other nail designs you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

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