Friday, October 5, 2012

Fire Marble Design Manicure

Drag Marble Design

 Colors used shown above in order of use:  Charge It!, What's the Point-settia?, Gleek Out.

  Nails next to Charge It!, same as in bottle.

 Nails next to Gleek Out, better in person, very glittery.

 Nails next to What's the Point-settia?  Notice the change in color.  It went from a brown with gold to burgundy and glitter doesn't show up.

Click on photos to enlarge, taken during sunset.

Orly posted a tutorial the other day for a Fire Design on Facebook.  A few days after one of my favorite YouTube nail art tutorial writers came up with a better tutorial.  So I gave both tutorials a try today and no surprise to me the YouTube tutorial was way better.  So after many test runs on a nail art wheel with faux nails, I started on my own nails.  I was surprised this manicure went very quickly and was not messy at all.  It was actually easier to do on real nails than faux.  Here's the steps I went through starting with polish free nails:
  1. Washed hands and used a cotton ball to apply nail polish remover to remove any oils.
  2. Applied two coats of Orly's Rubberized Bonder Base Coat to prevent chips and let it dry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Applied quickly two coats of Sephora by OPI Charge It.
  4. Applied quickly three dots of  Sephora by OPI What's Your Point-settia?, big blobs of polish.
  5. Applied quickly three dots of Sephora by OPI Gleek Out, big blobs of polish.
  6. Took my yellow colored dotting tool and pulled through the polish from the right side down to the bottom making curves hitting the dots of polish.
  7. Continuing with the dotting tool, pulled through the polish from the left side down to the bottom of the nail making curves.
  8. Continuing with the dotting tool, pulled through the polish half way down on the left side down to the bottom of the nail making curves hitting any of the dots that were still large dots of color to reduce their size from a dot to more of a line of color.
  9. Let it dry for 15 minutes and applied gently one heavy coat of Seche Vite top coat.
  10. Let it dry for an hour before using hands.
I started out placing all of my fall polishes on a table and trying to find a combination that I liked.  I planned to have a fall appearance to this manicure, but I'm getting more of a Christmas look.  Oh well!  Not the first time this has happened, maybe my subconscious wanted a Christmas manicure again.  I think I need to buy an orange polish to work with my fall polishes.  By the time I was done practicing it was sunset, so maybe in the full sun it will look more like fall.

If you would like to try out this manicure, I recommend you:
  1. Try different colors and change the order in which you use those colors.
  2. Use metallic and fine glitter polishes.
  3. Practice at least half an hour.
  4. Use as little pressure as you can with your dotting tool.
  5. Wait a few seconds before deciding if you need to go back and fill in with the first color, the polish will mix together if you wait a few seconds, but don't wait till it's dry to fill in.
  6. Don't forget when applying the first color to take your brush vertical and brush polish on the end of your nail to help prevent chips.
  7. When dragging the dotting tool through the polish, concentrate on the dots of polish and make sure they are no longer dots instead lines.
  8. Apply heavy coats of all three polishes, dry time will be long, but results will be better.

Orly's Fire Design Tutorial
Simple Little Pleasures Fall Inspired Drag Marble Tutorial

For my toes, I did the design only on my big toes, the rest I painted with Gleek Out.  Tomorrow I will update this post with photos of my trial & error faux nails and a photo of both hands, since I ran out of sunlight.

Previous manicures featured on this blog:

OPI Dupe for Chanel's Periodot 
Gradient Nails
4th of July Nails
Bubbly Nails
Water Marbling Nails
Fish Tail Braid Manicure

So there you have it, my latest manicure. If you tried water marbling with no success or frustration, I'd highly recommend giving this a try since it's easier and no mess.  I would sure appreciate it, if you would leave a comment letting me know what you think of this design.

Have a PEACEful Day!

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