March 30, 2015

Violet Vapor

Purple Watercolor Nails

These kind of look like galaxy nails, but I was trying a new watercolor technique.  The final effect reminds me a little of the plastic bag technique, but I like this one better.  I chose purple and white polish over the black base color because I wanted a lot of light and dark contrast. 

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Wet n Wild - Black Crème
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White On
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Grape Going!
  • Base and top coats
Other Supplies:
  • Makeup sponge or eyeshadow sponge brush
  • Acetone
  • Silver nail striping tape

I didn't have an eyeshadow sponge, so I tried using a q-tip.  It worked fine, although the blotting is probably smoother with the eyeshadow sponge brush because there aren't any fibers like on a q-tip.  To create this look:
  1. Apply a black base color.
    Black Base Color
  2. Working one nail at a time, apply a thick coat of black, then dot on white and purple polish.
    Dot on polish
  3. Use an acetone soaked makeup sponge/eyeshadow sponge/q-tip, to dab the dots of polish until you get the desired water color effect.  I kept a small bowl of acetone handy to rinse off the brush between nails and dabbing.
    Watercolor Nails
  4. Apply a clear top coat.  You can stop at this step and just have abstract nails.
    Purple Watercolor Nails
  5. Add silver nail tape in different patterns on each nail.
    Violet Vapor Nail Art

Here's a close up shot of my thumb.  This one turned out the best.
Watercolor Thumb

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