If there’s one technique in the nail art community that drives even the most talented artist to hide for cover, it is the infamous Watermarble. Unlike a lot of other techniques, the watermarble requires a LOT of practice, and is still known to be quite temperamental. Which is what has led nail artists to get creative – and figure out ways in which to achieve the watermarble look without having to watermarble. ‘Cheating at Watermarble’ has become some sort of a trend – inspired by none other than Cristine of Simplynailogical.
These ‘cheating’ methods include: vinyls, stamping plates, and of course the drag marble. Inspired by what I’d been seeing online, and overjoyed that I had finally got my hands on one of those silicone mats everyone had, I set out to try and drag marble. While I did try to video record my attempts, the video was a big fail in my opinion, so I’ll leave you guys with these pictures.
I started off with a white base and pulled out my new silicone mat, and Colorbar neons to play! While these neons are really sort of runny, they work great on a white base. To this look, I began drawing semi-circular lines on my mat (to look like a rainbow) with the polish. Once I had about 5 lines, I took a toothpick and dragged it from the outermost curve in a downward direction. It did not work. The toothpick just split the polish and ruined everything.
I then tried the same technique with a blackhead removal tool and a safety pin. While the safety pin was close, I still wasn’t happy with the finish. So, I then tried it out with a striping brush. That worked just the way I wanted, and I was able to get the polish from the outer layers to kind of merge with the ones below them rather than just split the polish.
Once the pattern was created, I let it dry for about 20 minutes, slathered on some clear polish, let it dry for another twenty minutes, and peeled it off the mat to use like a reverse stamping decal thingy.
To create this look, I’ve used:
- A white base polish from Lakme
- Colorbar neons – Lime Margarita, Pina Colada, and Pink Lady
- Maybelline – Superstay 7 day Gel Nail Color – Crystal Clear
- Nail Matinee Nail Decal Mat
What do you guys think of this look? Do let me know in the comments. Or tag me on social media. You can find me on: Instagram (@lumos.nails), Facebook (/lumos.nails), Twitter (@lumos_nails) and Snapchat (lumos.nails)
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