Thursday, January 29, 2015
Water Spotting Nail Art
For this nail art look I used Essie Smokin' Hot as my base and Essie Chinchilly as the accent color. Water spotting is pretty simple. You just place a few drops of polish unto your water and then spray with some type of alcohol based spray. I've done it before and I've tried different types of body sprays, perfumes, and hair sprays with mixed results. To be honest, what's worked best for me is simply acetone. Just take an old paint brush or toothbrush and dip it in acetone, then you just flick the bristles over your water until you're happy with the effect. I got the idea from this video from Nailsbylins.
Here's a little close-up shot. I matted it with Wet n Wild Matte top coat. And that's it! It's a simple technique that can be used for some amazing nail art. I need to play with it some more. Depending on how close you position your brush and how many times you flick acetone on the polish, you can get different effects.
My matte top coat caused some random white flecks all over the mani as it dried. When I woke up in the morning they were gone but I had already taken the pictures. I mention it just in case anyone notices. Interestingly, this is the only time it's happened and I've used that matte top coat tons of times. I've even used it several times after I did this mani a few weeks ago and it hasn't happened again. I'm not sure what causes it.
So what do you think? Have you done the water spotting technique before?
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