Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Messy Nails

I love nail polish. I really, really love nail polish.
 I don’t remember a time in the last few years that I didn’t have nail polish on my fingers. 
When I came across tie-dye nails, also known as water marbleizing I was so intrigued. There is a great tutorial here.
This clearly is a challenge for me. I can barely polish my fingernails with one color. I have gotten really good at picking polish off my cuticles. I am very, shall we say, over-zealous when it comes to polishing my nails. 
I won’t lie - I attempted this technique twice before this time. I thought I had the hang of it. That may not be the case. 
First I fill way more than 10 shallow cups with water. Gather the colors I am going to use and make sure I have plenty of nail polish remover on hand. Pure acetone works much better, but this time all I had was nail polish remover. 

I start with bare nails and then polish with a light or nude color. So far so mediocre. (Notice the yellowish nails due to an excessive amount of nail polish use.)

The bloggers recommend wrapping tape all around your nail bed to keep the polish from going everywhere. I tried this before. It makes your fingers hard to bend. I put tape on the bottom of my fingers so I don’t get polish on everything I touch. 

 I dropped some of the colored polish in the water. One or two drops per color works well. (Or so I’ve heard.)
Next I grabbed a toothpick and swirled the polish around until I thought it looked right. 

Following the directions (it’s a new thing I’m trying) I stuck my finger in the water parallel to the water. 

I kept it in the water for a few seconds then pulled it out. Not too bad. 

The next few fingers were a little chunky. The leftover hardened polish seems to latch on to your finger and it ruins the look. 

The bummer thing about this challenge is that the polish hardens super quick. Usually 2 out of 3 times it hardens before you can dip your finger in. 

This is the obligatory moment when I spilled nail polish all over myself. 

After all of my fingers were done I grabbed an old makeup brush, soaked it in nail polish remover and cleaned up the polish on my fingers. This is much easier with pure acetone. 


Ok - so this is a pretty crummy job. I’ll keep working on it. 


  1. I love this idea. I hope you post more pictures as you play with it, because I bet it will look fabulous when you get the hang of it :)

  2. I'll definitely be doing this again, and I'll be sure to document and post about it :) Thanks for reading!