Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Watercolor nails using Essie's Bikini So Teeny polishes

Good evening,

I hope all of you had a great time celebrating Easter this weekend. If you did not celebrate, I hope you had a great time with lots of chocolate and colorful eggs nonetheless. I spent most of the weekend with my parents, as it was my birthday last Friday and they came over for tea and dinner and a little shopping trip. 
I really had a great time, but I also love to have at least one day of the weekend that I can dedicate to my nails. So I used this work-free Monday for some nail art experiments. One thing I've wanted to try for quite some time were watercolor nails. The effect looks lovely and like true water colors I used back in kindergarden and primary school. There are different ways to get this look and I followed Rebecca's tutorial, which you can find *here*

Since I wanted this manicure to be Spring appropriate, I chose to use Off The Shoulder, Fear Or Desire, Mojito Madness and Bikini So Teeny from the Essie Summer collection 2012. To make the colors pop, I started out with two coats of Wet 'n Wild White Creme as a base. 
The pattern did not turn out quite the way I wanted, which is probably due to the brush I used. I did not have a large fluffy paint brush and used a nail art brush instead. Seems like the size of the brush is crucial to get a nice pattern, so next time I'll get a larger one! Also, you better be careful with the top coat. It is better to apply it floating, meaning that the brush should not touch the nail or it'll smear the pattern - yup, happened here. Still I love the design you're able to create with just nail polish, a brush and acetone, so I will give this technique another try soon.

Have you tried watercolor nails?

Have a great day and thanks for reading,


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