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Time
50 mins

Messy and pretty
I usedmodels own RED ALERT and FEELING BLUE and a Yellow called BUTTERCUP by gorge at asda :]
You need water, needle, cotton buds and some tape to limit the mess.
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i used plasters on a roll but i have used electrical tape before.lol
xx

Posted by Danielle S. from United Kingdom • Published See Danielle S.'s 7 projects »
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  • Step 1

    I used a white base coat so that i gave the colours the best chance of being bright.

  • How to paint a swirly nail. Swirl Nail Art Using Water - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then i covered the skin around my nail leaving the nail exposed.

  • How to paint a swirly nail. Swirl Nail Art Using Water - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then i carefully dripped some nail varnish in to the water.
    Dont to it roughly or from too high up or it will sink.
    When to droplet expands do the same with another colour in the centre.
    Keep going till yu have a few lovely rings.

  • Step 4

    Now drag the needle quickly and smoothly through the varnish creating a pattern.
    It will take a little while to get good at this but its fun.
    (Sorry no picture of this step)

  • Step 5

    Now dip your finger in to the prettiest ared of the swirled varnish. leave you finger under the water and wait.
    .
    .
    .. a few secs
    Then use the cotton buds (q-tips) to gather up the varnish left on the water.

  • How to paint a swirly nail. Swirl Nail Art Using Water - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now remover your finger and take off the plaster.

  • How to paint a swirly nail. Swirl Nail Art Using Water - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now on to the next finger.

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CO + K User

So cool! I love the swirl effect!

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Marleyy Bear
Marleyy Bear · 5 projects

do you think this would work wit crackle nail polish?

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Mihaily P.
Mihaily P. · Hoogvliet

Oh, this is a fun technique. It does need some practice though..
Things to keep in mind:
1. Metallic or pearly colours will expand way too much.. If you still want to use these, my advise is to not use it as your first drip of colour.
2. Use a small container to drop your colours. This way there's less room to expand (too much).

The white base is a great idea. Didn't think of that..

P.S: did someone try it with shaving cream already? Curious to know if it works.

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Artisticlover
Artisticlover · 1 project

if you want something that will really make your nails glow???? Go to hottopic.com (or any store where you can find these) and use glow in the dark nail polish for this :)

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Amber Y.
Amber Y. · Thomasville, North Carolina

So cool! I will have to try it!

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Amber Y.
Amber Y. · Thomasville, North Carolina

So cool! I will have to try it!

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Call Me Crazy
Call Me Crazy · Swansea, United Kingdom · 5 projects

i tryed it and the first colour i put in whent small and didnt expand. a film of something came over the bowl leaving a VERY sticky mess

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Sammie S.
Sammie S.

this is cool! im wondering if shaving cream would work better than water? i did a marble paper painting thing like this using shaving cream, idk i'm going to try it!

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selena
selena · harlingen, texas, United States · 1 project

yeah i tried this too and the colors got all ugly

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Creator Pro
Creator Pro · 1 project

I tried this and it didn't work! It looked really messy.

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