Today's nail art was on my bucket list ever since OPI released the France-only 'Black Spotted" in 2012 as part of the Spiderman collection. I didn't feel like paying a ridiculous amount on ebay for this polish and now years later there are a number of ways to get a similar effect using alcohol with any polish. This week's BCD Nails Challenge is "Beach" which gave me the chance to finally try this technique using this tutorial by ElleandDish to create a beach with some crazy cool white waves!
The tutorial pretty says it all, but the shades I used to first create my gradient were: CND Vinylux - Skin Tease*, CND Vinylux - Aqua-intance* and CND Vinylux - Date Night*. I first painted my nails two coats of Skin Tease and then using a makeup sponge, sponged on all three colours.
In a small cup, using lukewarm tap water (worked best for me), drop 2-3 drops of your favourite white polish into the water. I decided to use OPI Infinite Shine - Non Stop White*. Just like with water marbling, once your polish has spread across the surface quickly spray 2-3 spritzes of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to disperse the polish. Find an area you like the pattern of and dip one or two nails into transfer the pattern onto your nails! If you are worried about cleanup, you can use a variety of tools like liquid latex or Vaseline on the skin prior to starting the gradient.
I wanted this manicure to last because I really loved how it turned out so I brought out the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat* to make it last as long as possible and also added a few pink and blue pearl studs from Born Pretty as I suddenly started thinking about oysters and pearls.
And that is Week 15 folks!
Check out Naomi (@bellezzabee) and Traci's (@drinkcitra) creations for this week and stay tuned for 16 more weeks of #BCDNails! Tag us if you feel like joining in!
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