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31 Day Challenge: Watermarble

#31dc2015 watermarble delicate sweet pearls 3d

Water marble used to be my idea of hell. I say, used to, because I was desperately trying to make this technique work for me and I think I finally got it! I haven't tried watermarble in a very very long time so anything could have happened today. I think the only way to ensure I was taking part in today's challenge was to be smart about it and play to my strengths! I think it worked well and I'm so in love with this design! So here are a few tricks I used...


1. Choose an accent nail
Let's face it, it would be totally unrealistic to attempt water marble on every nail when I'm such a newbie! If you are comfortable with the technique then go ahead, but I'll stick to accent nails;) 

2. Create background for watermarble
Huh? Let me explain. As far as I know there are so many things that have to go right when doing water marble. The water has to be the right temperature, the polishes have to spread, the cup has to be the right size, not to mention you probably have to offer your first born/partner/cat to the water marble gods. 

#31dc2015 sponged watermarble one colour delicate pearls

That's all fine ( except the offering maybe;) if you have the time to experiment. When you only have one day however and you don't necessarily want to spend it bashing your head against the wall I say create a background. I used a sponge to create mine. I used Rimmel Peachella, Golden Rose Rich Color 103, WetnWild Ready to Propose and Sally Hansen Babe Blue over my accent nails to create delicate colour changes.

3. Use one colour for water marble
Ok, what the hell? Is that even possible? Well, it is! Luckily I bought NYC Williamsburg Vintage recently and it was a good water marble material. It was new and runny and spead well in the cup. I added a few drops then used a clear polish to add another few, then a few more white ones. I created  my design with an orange stick and this is the result.

#31dc2015 watermarble easy tips pearls bornprettystore

The good thing about this was that I didn't have to spend time looking for the right polishes with the right consistency. All I needed was one colour to give my accent nails that water marble look. Not to mention the clean up was minimal and I didn't even use any sellotape or liquid tape. 

Three easy steps later I ended up with a cute design! I was kinda stuck and didn't know what to do with the rest of my nails and then my boyfriend said the design reminded him of sea side. And it hit me! Pearls! These come from a pearl wheel I received from bornprettystore.com ( a review here). I only wish the camera picked up the colours of these better. They're like mother of pearl, they're gorgeous! Remember that if you shop at bornprettystore.com you can use my promo code SXL91 for 10% OFF at checkout. I think the pearls complement this look perfectly!

#31dc2015 watermarble tutorial pearls 3d embelishment

What do you think? See you tomorrow xx


5 comments

  1. You achieved a perfect marble effect! Love everything about this mani. My water-marble is always looking horrible, with a lot of bubbles, this is why I avoid to use this technique!

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    1. Thank you! I usually aviod it too, I'd never go for the actual water marble with lots of polishes, I'm way too impatient for that hahah. I can't quite believe these turned out alright, must have had one of those good nails day haha!

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  2. I get so frustrated doing water marble. I tried so hard about a year ago and finally gave up... at least I can enjoy others work. :) This is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! I need to be in the right frame of mind to even attempt water marble. It happens about once a year haha!

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  3. I get so frustrated doing water marble. I tried so hard about a year ago and finally gave up... at least I can enjoy others work. :) This is gorgeous!

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