Thursday, May 10, 2012

nail art FAIL

i'd been intrigued by the idea of water marbling manicures for a few weeks.  basically, you take some room-temperature water, drop in different colors of nail polish, swirl it around with a toothpick, dip your nail in, and when you pull it out you end up with a pretty cool-looking tie-dye effect.

so when the cupcake nails had run their course (a whole week - not too bad, right?), i waited for the bean to take her nap before pulling out the stuff.


following the directions i'd read in countless tutorials like this one, i taped up my fingertips in an effort to keep the clean-up to a minimum.


i started dropping the bits of nail polish into the dixie cup i'd filled with tap water.  the teen and i watched it spread out, just like in the tutorials.


when i dip, you dip, we dip.


um, massive fail.  after i took the tape off, i had this hot ass mess.


after i perused the tutorials again, i see where i possibly went wrong.  if i'd painted my nails with a light base color, they probably would've turned out a lot better.  or included some white polish in the water.  oh, well.  so i removed that polish and went with another design i'd found on pinterest:


pretty deep post, huh?

2 comments:

  1. Thought I'd report that my gel polish/ultraviolet lamp was a fail as well. Guess the lamp is not strong enough to dry the gel I had to apply another coat of regular polish to get rid of the stickiness. :(

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  2. i read somewhere that Vaseline around your nail bed can help keep nail polish neat. maybe that would work better than tape for next time?

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