Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Cool Nails- Water Marble/ Tie Dye Technique

I have done this to my nails more than once and I always get so many compliments and people asking me how I did it that I decided to share my method here for all on the interweb! Once you have assembled the list of required materials, download the “nail instructions” power point by clicking on the link below to see how it all comes together. I have seen other “how-to” posts on other sites, but I believe my method comprises the best practices that have been personally vetted through many trials and errors. This is tricky— you might not get the hang of it instantly. Be patient, have fun and good luck!

YOU WILL NEED:

-20-40 Q tips
-Plenty of paper towels
-Nail polish remover
-A large plastic cup (disposable or one you don’t care about— I use a Dunkin Donuts Lg iced cup )
-Room temperature water (poor it into the cup and leave it for a few hours)
-A light colored nail polish for base (white or silver work great)
-A small amount of mineral or olive oil (vaseline works as well)
-Several colors of nail polish that work well together for your pattern (brands that work well include Opi, China Glaze, CND, etc— many work, so experiment…. quick drying nail polishes tend to make a mess and not work very well)
-top coat

Nail instructions

Examples:

"Purple Rain, Purple Rain"

“Purple Rain, Purple Rain”- Base: Alpine Snow by Opi, Swirl: Alpine Snow by Opi, Dark Purple by Ulta, and Rumple’s Wiggin by Opi

"Halloween Swirl"

“Halloween Swirl”- Base: Alpine Snow by Opi, Swirl: Alpine Snow by Opi, Sun Worshipper by China Glaze, In my Back Pocket by Opi and Never Enough Shoes by Opi

"Detroit Tigers Fan"

“Detroit Tigers Fan”- Base: Birthday Babe by Opi, Swirl: Birthday Babe by Opi, In my Back Pocket by Opi, Yoga-ta get this blue by Opi, Absolutely Alice by Opi

"Sugar High"

“Sugar High”- Base: Birthday Babe by Opi, Swirl: Birthday Babe by Opi, Yoga-ta get this blue by Opi, Purple Panic by China Glaze and Pink Voltage by China Glaze

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