How sweet is this mani? Just for you I scoured the internet to figure out the best way to do this and I think I have “nailed” it. This takes time as you can only do one or two nails at a time so makes sure you are not rushed. I found the hardest part, after a lot of trial and error, to be getting a good pattern. Here are my best practises tips.
You will need:
- foil cupcake wrapper or glass container
- distilled water, bottled or previously boiled and cooled water works too
- different nail polish colors, a good brand like OPI, NICOLE or Sally Hansen makes a big difference
- cotton swabs
- nail polish remover
- tissues or paper towels
- Paint nails with a base coat. White seemed to work best to make the colors pop.
- Using chapstick, coat around and under nails. This protects your skin and allows you to wipe excess nail polish off with ease. I found it best to coat all the way down to my first knuckle. Do one or two fingers at a time with the chapstick as it will also dry and not protect as well.
- Fill a disposable container with luke warm or room temperature water, I used a foil cupcake wrapper but dixie cups and glass jars work well too. Distilled water works best but I used water from the kettle that was previously boiled and cooled and also bottled water works well… tap water did NOT work well.
- Time is key here so do this next step as quickly as possible so the nail polish does not dry.
- drop nail polishes one at a time into the dish to form a bullseye. Do this till you have 6-12 rings. The lower to the water you drop the better I found it spread. Dropping from very high will make the drop sink to the bottom.
- Using your toothpick lightly drag the polish from the outside into the center to form a pattern/design that you like. This is trickier than it looks so play a bit.
- Once you have a design, figure out what part of the pattern you want on your nail, then turn the container so its is easy to get to
- With palm facing up, dip you nails on the part of the pattern you like and hold in the water for 2-3 seconds.
- Meanwhile swirl the toothpick around your finger in the water to pick up excess nailpolish.
- Lift finger out of water and tap off excess water. You should have a crazy mess at this point.
- Wait 30 seconds for nail polish to settle then wipe off excess polish from your skin with a tissue or paper towel. It should come off easily because of the chapstick.
- Clean up with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
- Clean your cup by swirling the tooth pick around until all traces of nail polish are gone.
- Repeat for each nail. Sometimes if you have a great pattern you can get two nails out of the same one. And the best part of this nail style is that it is one-of-a-kind. Each nail is unique just like you!
This video has lots of helpful tips: