April 15, 2015

Iridescent Zebra Watermarble Nails [Nail Art]




Hey guys! Happy Hump Day!

I have some watermarble nail art for you today! While these nails didn't turn out exactly like I'd imagined, I still really love them, and am finding myself drawn to watermarbling when I have more time to sit down and do nail art!





Polishes used:

KBShimmer- Eyes White Open, Zoya- Willa, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Take the Leap

I started with a base (two coats) of KBShimmer- Eyes White Open on all nails. I wanted to end up with a traditional zebra pattern-looking design, so I knew it was going to be black and white. I first tried Orly- Liquid Vinyl in the water for marbling, and while it spread out just fine, it was not very opaque/ dark in the water.

I tried Zoya- Willa next, and it didn't spread as readily, since it's thicker, but since it is more pigmented, it gave nice dark black stripes. I ended up using that and Sally Hansen CSM- Take the Leap, from last Spring's Pastels on Point collection, to make the bullseye. That's it- just those two polishes! I was going to use a clear coat in between the black stripes, but thought some kind of shimmery topper might be more interesting. I'm so glad I did! (Take the Leap has glassflecky lavender purple-to-blue shifting particles.)




For the bullseye, I stuck to what some people refer to as the "chevron" pattern, shown here in Design #1 by Trendy Polish (video). I dipped two fingers at a time (I bet you can tell which, lol!), and was not successful in getting my stripes lined up properly on the index and middle nails. Eeek! I still love this look though, and wore it for a few days!

Up close:


Index:


Middle nail:


Ring and pinkie (love these two nails the most!):


It's pretty interesting to me that the particles in Take the Leap ended up in the black part of the design, even though the base of that polish was responsible for separating out the black stripes!




What do you think?
Is this a watermarble nail fail?


*Disclosure: Some polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

16 comments:

  1. This is so awesome! I freaking love this! Beautiful shots as always!

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  2. These look amazing! Totally reminds me of Zebra stripes as well.

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  3. No no no not a failure at all! Makes me want to work on my water marble skills

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  4. Not a fail at all! I loove this look, the pattern with the iridescent flecks in between makes me think of abalone shells!

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  5. If i could water marble on myself, I'd be all over these! Lovely!

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  6. These looks great! I can see the zebra resemblance but to me it looks more like planet rings! Especially with the flakes over black!

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  7. I love this! I definitely see the zebra stripes.

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  8. Thank you! I was pretty happy with these! :D

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  9. Glad I'm not alone, lol! Thank you!

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  10. Yay! Aw, hmm...so many things can go wrong, it's hard to say! The best tip I've heard recently is that sometimes room-temp (distilled) water can be slightly too cold, so you could try a couple seconds in the microwave first. Good luck!

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  11. Hoorah! I'm slowly becoming less intimidated by it- it's fun!

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  12. Oh, man- YES! Shells! I love that you think they look like abalone!

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  13. Try it! They are totally not perfect. I bet yours would be cool!

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  14. Thank you!! Planet rings...now that you mention it!

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  15. This is gorgeous! It reminded me of abalone shells, maybe because of the iridescent shimmer :)

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