Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Funky Water Spotted Gradient Nail Art

Press Samples

Good morning, readers! I have a funky manicure to show you today that I wore over the weekend. After seeing this post from Heather at Peace, Love, and Polish during our Summer Week with The Digit-al Dozen, I HAD to try something similar. I hadn't successfully use the water spotted technique yet and I loved how it looked with a gradient base. You can see this video tutorial by Cutepolish if you want to get the idea of how I did the top layer. I used hair spray instead, and got some awesome sharp shapes on my nails that I prefer to the circles. I kept looking at my nails and getting a Maleficent vibe (which could be because I had just watched the movie that week).

I was inspired by 4 colors on this Design Seeds photo I found on their Facebook page. If I am ever in a pickle and can't figure out a good color combo, I go straight to their page. It's an amazing resource.

I started out with 2 coats of OPI Taupe-less Beach. Then, I used a sponge and did a gradient with OPI Taupe-less Beach, OPI Push & Pur-pull, and OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? Once the gradient was done, I used the water spotted technique with OPI Nein!Nein!Nein!Ok Fine! HK Girl was the top coat used to seal it all in.

What do you think? I was really happy with the funky random sharp shapes created using the hair spray for the water spotted nails. I'll have to keep experimenting with this technique as well! Thanks so much for reading!

*Some of the polishes used in this post were previously reviewed press samples.

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  1. I'm going to have to try this! I love it!

  2. Love this nail art! Your water spotted is perfect! *-*

  3. I too have yet to have any success with this technique, or any type of water marble for that matter lol Maybe I'll give the hairspray a go? I LOVE how your mani turned out, it's absolutely stunning!

  4. This is just fabulous! The gradient with the spots look a little bit like stone.

    I like water spotting a lot and find that thicker polish layers rather result in these "islands" as I call these spots rather than holes. I tried it with alcohol desinfectant and perfume (samples or old ones) and found no real difference with this.

  5. wow what a gorgeous look, reminds me of halloween!

  6. Wow, this is just so pretty! I really love the colors! I love browsing Design Seeds too!

  7. I will have to try to remember to try this some time! Looks fabulous!

  8. i love this in every single way. The colours you chose were perfect and it is indeed tres maleficent!