(This is a scheduled post - I'm currently away on holiday - any comments or questions will be replied to on my return!)
This Friday I have a nail art tutorial for you! This is a trick I've picked up recently and involves regular nail polishes and a plastic bag. Yep - a plastic bag. You can use any type of plastic you can even use cling film although I expect that could get a little messy. I'm using a small square bag that bits of jewellery might come in. I'm also using Essie polishes in Haute as Hello, Mint Candy Apple and Neo Whimsical. My base coat is my OPI and my top coat is Seche Vite's Fast Dry Top Coat.
The finished result is something like this. It's a marbled effect without actually using any water to marble polish in. It's the easy way to achieve that pastel swirling, blobby design! I took these images straight after my top coat had dried and I'd not cleaned up around the nail very well. The nails look better the second day as any polish surrounding your nail falls off.
001# Start by painting your nails with a base polish. White or nude are the best colours.
002# When your base coat is dry - apply thick blobs of colour to the nail. Do each nail one by one.
003# Add other blobs of colour
004# Lightly press the plastic bag/sheet over the nail, smearing all the colours together.
005# Repeat on each nail and then finish with a top coat.
Ta Da! You need to work fairly quickly - if the blobs of polish start to dry you will end up with a tacky mess as the plastic peels away. Lay the plastic over the nail and move around slightly if necessary. Don't press down hard! Using Seche Vite means your nails are dry within 30 seconds and you can even apply it over wet polish, meaning the top coat helps with the marbling effect too by smearing the colours together slightly.
If you try this out please let me know and Tweet me your photos!