Makeup Wars! Favorite Summer Manicure

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Manicures are not my thing. I love hair and makeup (and skincare) in a way that I just don't feel for nails. Don't get me wrong, I like to have pretty nails, but I'm very bad getting them myself and am in no way a nail pro.

watercolor manicure

So I almost sat out this edition of Makeup Wars--until I mastered (on my first try) the Watercolor Mani. I don't know if that is what it's called, but that is what someone called it on Pinterest, so I assume you nail fanatics will know what I mean. For my non-nail fanatics, it kind of looks like your nails have been painted with watercolors. See?


It's so easy a baby could do it. You'll need:

Base Coat
Top Coat
Opaque light polish
Three or four "watercolor" colors
Polish remover and Q-tip or this handy Nail Polish Corrector Pen from CVS/Pharmacy



Step One:
Paint nails with base coat of choice. Then do two solid coats of an opaque color. I used a White On White from China Glaze. Let nails dry really well.

Step Two:
Select three (or four) colors that you want to use in your "watercolor". I used Maybelline Color Show Go Go Green, Essie Rock The Boat and China Glaze For Audrey. When your nails are dry, apply a dot of each color on a nail. Then use a piece of Saran Wrap, slightly wadded, to blot the colors. Do this one nail at a time.

Step Three:
Let nails dry and seal with a top coat. You'll want to clean up the sides of your nails, where you've no doubt made a mess. Don't forget to put some cuticle oil on your nails after you've cleaned up the sides.

Ta-da! Pretty, right?

watercolor manicure

Check out the other summer manis from my friends in Makeup Wars. What is your favorite summer manicure?



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12 comments:

  1. VERY PRETTY! You did a great job for just the first time doing it. I need to try this effect! Oh and I need that clean up pen too. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. SO pretty!! I love the watermarble look, it so easy but looks so pretty on the nails!

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    1. It's so much easier when you skip the watermarbling and just blot with plastic wrap!

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  3. That is SO pretty and it actually looks easy enough for me to wrap my head around. Must try!

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  4. Really pretty and great color choices! I need to try this technique!

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  5. So pretty!!! I must try this technique!!! You picked some really great shades. :)

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  6. So much easier than water marbling crap!

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  7. I tried to do something like this for Halloween and totally failed. I'm impressed. The use of the lighter colors works. Good job!!

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  8. Wow!!! This looks so pretty. So this is how to make this kind of nail art. I am going to try this out and hope it looks good just like this one.

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  9. AWESOME! I know someone else who would love this!

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