Thursday, June 18, 2015

Turquoise Stone Manicure - Water marble with hair spray

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Hi everyone!
I am back from my vacation in Barcelona. I only went there for a week, which was way too short. The city has so many things to explore and see, I could have stayed another week. Of course I did some shopping while I was there and I am planning to share my haul with you soon. Surprisingly, I did not buy any nail polish - say what!?
Today I have for you a turquoise stone manicure, where I made use of the "hairspray method" for the first time

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My base color is the gorgeous turquoise holographic polish Cerrillos from Cirque Colors. This shade is so vibrant and the formula is super easy to work with. I applied two coats. It looked so pretty on its own that I almost did not want to cover it with other colors. I was curious to try the hairspray water marble technique, so I did it anyway.

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Next I added two drops of Essie - Licorice into a cup of room temperature tab water. Then I took some hairspray and sprayed it onto the polish. The hairspray disrupts the layer of polish, creating a spotted pattern. Upon the first spritz I obtained only small holes, so I sprayed again, but somehow that did not alter the pattern anymore. I somehow liked the fine pattern, so I dipped all four fingers at a time. 

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Afterwards, I repeated the same procedure using Essie - Penny Talk, cleaned everything up and applied one layer of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. 
The result does not look like a typical turquoise stone, but still I think it is pretty. Danny from Polish Chest told me she uses bodyspray for this technique and she optained a better result. Next time I am at the drugstore I will pick up a bottle and try again. Before I used hair spray I tried spritzing the polish with a brush cleaner, but that did not work at all. For a detailed tutorial on this water marble with hair spray check out this tutorial by Marie Nail Art (there are lots of others out there, though).

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Have you tried this technique yourself? Let me know what products worked well for you!
Thanks for reading, see you soon!
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4 comments

  1. Welcome back! This technique is new to me! I am never successful at water marbling, but maybe this one will work for me!

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  2. I actually love the teeny tiny holes the spray created, though I personally would've gone with Penny Talk first, then black ;-).

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  3. Let me know if you've tried it! I am not good at water marbling either, but this was pretty easy. It even works when to polish does not cooperate ;)

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  4. After watching several tutorials I think that is what most people do, but to be honest I did not really think about the order in which I used the polishes.

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