Rainbows are one of my favorite things, and I love painting my nails with every color I own (or trying to). I was really disappointed in my entry for the “rainbow” day, since I was pressed for time.
I hope this makes up for it.
I am recreating (with artistic liberties) blackbird nails’ rainbow nail art. Warning: this post is photo-heavy.
This was my first time watermarbling (successfully) and I managed to make my water work by leaving it out in a cup in the morning, and not using it till the evening (I don’t have bottled water, but this lets the chlorine evaporate and the temperature equilibrate to room air).
Step 1: Base coat. Then paint fingers with white polish
Step 2: sponge or paint on rainbows (I didn’t bother cleaning…I was going to be dipping into polish anyway!)
Step 3: Add fast-drying top coat (to smoothen out bumps…and speed things up)
I have a question for you…which looks nicer at the end? I used two types of rainbows: (1) solid darker colors (left hand except pointer) and (2) lighter neon sparkly colors (right hand except pointer). If any of you have a preference let me know! I like both end products
Step 4: Create water marble using black (or sparkly black in my case) and mostly-clear (clear pink duochrome). Hint: TAPE OFF YOUR NAILS. I didn’t tape my right pinky. I then spent a full 10 minutes trying to remove polish from the whole pinky!
Step 5: Clean. Clean LOTS.
Step 6: Add dots! I added black dots and rainbow dots to whichever fingers I felt received too much color or too much black. Basically at random.
Unfortunately, the middle finger on my left hand ended up getting double-dipped (this was my first time! And that was my second finger set…I dipped two fingers per try to waste less polish), which is why its so darn dark.
Step 7: Top coat!
Step 8: Examine your beauties
So, which is better? the darker solid colors, or the brighter neon sparkle polishes?
- Bright Rainbow: “Nail Art” brush/pen combo, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue
- Dark Purple: Sinful Colors – Fig
- Neon Sparkle Rainbow: Sephora by OPI – Rainbow Scented mini collection (except the blue, its too dark)
- Pale Blue: Milani (3D) – Cyberspace
- Pale Purple: Milane (3D) – Hi Res
- White Base: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
- Black: Sinful Colors – Secret Admirer
- Clear Duochrome: Sally Hansen – Platinum
Here you can see the holographic quality of both Milani 3D polishes (they were the only pale/neon blue and purple I had! Also I just love holo polishes)
Final photo, left hand in the sun. Right in the sun is the first photo in this post…oddly, I think I liked my right hand better, for the first time ever!
So, have I vindicated myself when it comes to rainbows?
The topper to my rainbow and sparkly cake: During a writing class to prepare for my prelims this spring, the 50-ish year old male lecturer interrupted himself to comment “those are amazing nails, woah!” I feel good.