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Welcome to a new week – I hope you’re all having a wonderful Monday! I wanted to share with you a very special mani today – I teamed up with Mina from Cubbiful to do a mani swap. We agreed to take inspiration from each others work rather than do a straight recreate as we thought this way would be more interesting for you (rather than seeing the same mani twice on different nails). Picking something from Mina’s blog was nearly impossible – have you seen the manis this chick does? If you haven’t, after you’re done reading this blog post go and browse – I promise you hours of entertaining and beautiful manis to read.
I finally settled on this striking dry water marble because it’s a technique I’ve been meaning to try out for a while and it’s just so eye catching. I decided to change the colour scheme up to icey blues in honour of the cold snap we’ve been having. As my nails are shorter than Mina’s I decided not to include the white base section and just do three pieces of striping tape.
On my nails I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow which is lovely an opaque in 1-2 coats depending on how you apply it. Once this was dry I added three strips of tape – I find striping tape hideously fiddly to work with and I definitely need some more practise. Make sure that your base is really dry or you will be pulling up this colour either with the tape or the dry marble technique!
This technique was a little bit messier than I had contemplated and I would recommend applying pva or however you like to protect you skin when you normally do messy techniques – this will save you ALOT of time with clean up. If you don’t want to use the bag techniqe to smoosh your colours you can create the same effect by blobbing your colours on a stamper and smushing it with another stamper. There are lots of ways – just see what works best for you. As ever remove the tape quickly to get the cleanest lines.
Colours used: OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, China Glaze Bahamian Escape, China Glaze Aquadelic. To match Mina’s finish I decided to use matte topcoat which I think looks AWESOME with this technique. I am not massively into matte but sometimes it is just a great finishing touch.
Finally, for my accent I used two coats of China Glaze Water You Waiting For which is an insanely beautiful blue and aqua glitter mix – really dense but not too thick a formula. I think it matched the tones in my marble really nicely – I stamped on some snow flakes from MoYou Mother Nature 14 and again matte topcoated. I think Mina is posting her half of the mani swap today too but I haven’t managed to catch her – I think we’ve both been having a manic time in the run up to Christmas. I am super excited to see what she does though, I know it’s going to rock! I will add a link as soon as I can find one but in the mean time… go check out Cubbiful!
P.S. any tips for working with striping tape? Please leave me a comment below!!
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