No Water - Summer Marble Nails

I wanted to do something a little different, as opposed to the usual summer flowers.  I also wanted something fairly quick and easy – it can’t be “Beauty under 10” if it takes a long time and is difficult, haha!

I wanted to have beach nails and water waves. I came up with this water marble design using no water!

I’ve tried water marble but mine never turns out like in the tutorials I watch….

This is a simple technique using 2 shades of blue and a white nail polish.

I will warn you, you do need to work fast in order to get the desired look.  I opened each nail polish bottle before I started. So I could easily apply the colors.

The only tool you will need is a striping tool, I think using a thin art brush helps mesh the lines of polish.

Here is what you need:

-          Base Coat
-          White Nail Polish
-          Light Blue Polish
-          Dark Blue Polish
-          Thin art Brush
-          Top Coat

- Start by applying a base coat to the nails, this helps the nail polish last longer, prolonging the life of your mani.

- Apply a line of white polish to the side corner of the nail, then a stroke of light blue, lastly a stroke of dark blue.

- Using the thin art brush, start in the lower part of the nail in the center; make a line going up towards the cuticle (I didn’t go past the dark blue polish).

- Using the same technique, start in the bottom center of the nail this time going to the left, then a line on the right side.

- You can continue to make lines until you reach the look you like.

- Apply top coat to add a glossy shine.

I also used this technique as a French tip design as well.

To get clean lines, dip a small paint brush (or art brush) into some nail polish remover and gently remove any unwanted polish.

This reminds me of waves in the ocean.

What do you think?

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