Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Blue Candy Swirl (Dry Marble) Nail Art

blue dry marble nail art
blue dry marble nail art

Behold, the result of my foray into dry marbling! I've tried water marbling exactly once and completely sucked at it, but I'm happy to report that the dry version is a piece of cake in comparison. And the best part? You don't have to be neat at all!

Wah Nails shared this gorgeous purple candy swirl design on their Instagram recently and I fell in love with the effect then. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for a legitimate reason to visit London to get some sweet, sweet nail art at their salon, so until then my own handiwork will have to do. 

The method (as taken from a Wah video that has since been taken down) is as follows: 1) pick three shades, preferably a light, medium and a dark; 2) paint your nails with the medium shade and leave to dry; 3) apply the same colour to the top and lower third of the nail; 4) pop on a few blobs of your other colours at random; 5) swirl away with a cocktail stick (gently does it); 6) topcoat everything! The last step is vital for smoothing out the design, or you'll end up with some seriously rough-looking nails (mine were a bit hideous until they were cleaned up and Seche'd).

Although it's not difficult by a long stretch, it took me a few tries to get the method down pat. If you're a little bit unsure, do a dress rehearsal on a plastic wallet first. It allows you to get a feel for marbling technique and work out the amount of polish to put on your nails. Take the opportunity to experiment with colours, too - pinks, purples and greens look especially cool (although it helps to use your more pigmented polishes). My blue swirls consist of Barry M's Blueberry, Indigo and Matt White, topped with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

So what do you think? Would you give dry marbling a whirl? If you have already, feel free to link me your designs - I'd love to see more!
         
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