Manicure Monday: Blushing

Victoria's Secret's "Backstage"

Victoria’s Secret’s “Backstage”

Sarah here! For today’s manicure monday post I wanted something soft and romantic. This color, Backstage, is from Victoria’s Secret. Unfortunately, they no longer carry their line of nail polish. It’s sad because they had some really great colors! I’m seriously loving this one right now!

Manicure Monday: Geometric Cut-Outs

Geometric Cut-Outs

Geometric Cut-Outs

For today’s Manicure Monday post I decided to try creating triangular areas of exposed nail. I did this by cutting small triangles out of tape and simply painting around them. I decided to use a darker color so that the contrast would be more obvious. This polish is American Apparel’s Nail Lacquer in Berry.

Manicure Monday: Water Marbling

Water Marbling in Black, White, & Gray

Water Marbling in Black, White, & Gray

For today’s Manicure Monday I chose to try a water marbling technique. I stuck with a classic color palette of black, white, and gray. Any brand of polish will do, but new, thinner polish is easier to use than old, thicker polish. The thicker polish doesn’t spread over the surface of the water. This is a time consuming & messy technique, but the results are stunning!

You can recreate this look by following these simple steps:

  1. Apply a layer of base coat to your nails.
  2. Fill a Dixie cup with water.
  3. Add a few drops of each color to the cup. Allow the drops to fall off the brush without the brush touching the water. If you touch the surface of the water with the brush the color will fall to the bottom of the cup. You want the color to float on the surface of the water.
  4. Use a toothpick to swirl the color around on the surface of the water.
  5. Submerge your finger through the polish into the water. This works best if you place your nail in the water at an angle.
  6. Leave your finger in the water and wait a few seconds for the rest of the polish on the water to dry. Once it has dried use a toothpick to gather the excess polish on the surface of the water.
  7. Remove your finger from the water & let the polish dry.
  8. Use nail polish remover to clean the excess polish off your fingers.
  9. Apply a layer of topcoat.
  10. All done!
This is what they looked like after step 7. Lots of clean up required!

This is what they looked like after step 7. Lots of clean up required!