I recently came across a technique I'd never heard of before called 'water spotting'. In the pictures I'd seen, it looked like an easier method to create a splatter manicure look, and that's still my impression after trying it. It's still a very messy method, but there's a lot less fuss.
WOW cosmetics- 434 (black)
WOW cosmetics- 307 (green)
WOW cosmetics- 308 (yellow)
WOW cosmetics- 318 (pink)
WOW cosmetics- 328 (orange)
Basically, I used all of the WOW neons besides for the red. I have swatch photos of them, now I just have to organize them into a post!
The technique is fairly simple. You will need the following:
- Masking tape or sellotape (optional)
- A cup of water
- A spray with a high alcohol content (most hand sanitizers many body scents or other cosmetics)
- Cleanup tools
Using these tools, follow the instructions:
- Line the skin around your nails with tape, so any excess polish will not be stuck to your fingers (optional- it isn't hard to clean up the excess with a q-tip and acetone)
- Take a drop of polish and put it on the surface of the water, exactly how you'd do a water marble
- Instead of putting on more drops, spray a small amount of alcohol onto the polish once it has spread. This will create tiny uneven holes in the polish
- Dip your finger into the water with your nail parallel to the surface (it is possible to do more than one nail at once)
- Before removing your finger, gather the excess polish with a q tip or a toothpick
- Repeat this process with as many colors as you want
- Clean up around your cuticles and seal in with a clear top coat
It is important to move quickly, since the polish can dry and congeal on the surface of the water if you take too much time.
If people want, I would be happy to create a photo or a video tutorial, although there are already many such tutorials out there.