As Halloween fast approaches, I decided to try creating a few different Halloween-inspired looks. This one, a Halloween watermarble, uses some Halloween colours (or what I think are Halloween colours, anyway) in a festive watermarble. Wow, five uses of “Halloween” in two sentences. Nice.
I’m still finding my way with watermarbling, but I’ve gotten more consistent the the patterns since I first started. If consistent patterns is what you’re looking for, I suggest trying the technique I used for this design.
- Apply a base coat of a solid colour. I used white here but you can also use the lightest or most transparent of the colours you will be using in your marble.
- Protect the skin around your nail and up your finger with liquid latex or tape (I’ve also heard that vaseline works if you have a latex allergy, but haven’t tried it myself).
- Create your bulls-eye as usual. Try different polishes until you find a brand that works well for you (I really like Sally Hansen and China Glaze, or the drug-store China Glaze substitute, Ceramic Glaze).
- Pull out opposite ends of your bulls-eye to anchor them to the sides of your bowl.
- Starting at one end, pull back and forth across the polish to create alternating “V” shapes. Wipe off your tool with a tissue between each pull.
- Find a spot where you like the design and gently dip your finger at a 45 degree angle.
- Keep your nail submerged and use a toothpick to clear out the excess polish.
- Lift your nail out at the same angle to prevent any lingering bits of polish in the water from sticking to it.
- Remove the latex (or tape) and clean up any stray polish with a small brush dipped in acetone. You can also use a q-tip but it’s a little trickier to get into the crease right around your nail. I use an Essence angled eyeliner brushes that I bought at the pharmacy for $2.99.
- Apply top coat (glossy or matte, as I used here) and you’re set!
If you’re more of a visual person (like me :)), you can watch the process in action in the video below:
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