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45 mins

Pretty Blue / Black Nails
I began by prepping my nails with base coat and one coat of polish. I used a light blue.

1. Fill your cup with some warm or room temperature water. If the water is too cold, the nail polish will seize up. Make sure it's a cup that you don't mind not using for anything but doing this project as it will get stained from the polish.

2. Choose the polishes you want to work with; keep in mind the opacity of the polish you are using, if its too sheer, it might not look right.

3. I like to begin with the lightest color. I tried loading the brush up with polish and letting it drip into the water but it took forever so I just poured one drop straight from the bottle, much easier.

4. Using the toothpick, drag through the polish from the edge toward the middle. Continue to drag the stick through the polish until you find a design that you think looks pretty. This took a bit of trial and error because if the polish has sat for too long it clumps up. So you will want to empty out your cup after doing a couple nails.

5. Optional: tape around the edge of the nail to protect your finger from becoming covered with nail polish. Scotch tape works perfectly for this and makes the process much easier.

6. Holding your finger horizontally, dip your fingernail into the glass, making sure it is completely submerged. This takes a little getting used to, basically bend your finger at the first knuckle dip it in then straighten your finger and pull upward with your finger straight as you can get it.

7. Let dry before taking the tape off.

8. Use the toothpick to trace around your finger, and to gather up all the unused nail polish in the glass.

9. Continue with your other nails until you have a full set of beautifully water marbled nails.

10. Finish it off with a clear top coat and you're done.

It takes a bit of getting used to and practice makes perfect, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. Two of my nails got a little messed up so I covered the mistakes with a triangle of black polish. Quick, easy, and pretty fix.

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