China Glaze For Audrey with a water marble accent nail
I’ve tried water marbling once before. Just once. About four months ago, when my nail polish obsession was just in its infancy. It was abysmal. The technique seemed to work well but the polishes I used just didn’t and so I parked the idea of water marbling altogether, thinking I’d perhaps revisit it if I ever got any more suitable polishes.
I had read that China Glaze polishes are good for water marbling, so today I checked through my now much larger stash and pulled out three blues: For Audrey, Up All Night and Sexy in The City.
I wasn’t sure I was going to get it right this time either, so I chose to do water marbling on just an accent nail. I painted my ring fingers in Barry M Matt White, ready for water marbling, and the others in China Glaze For Audrey.
I’ve not used For Audrey before. It was one of my earlier purchases, and one that I desperately wanted. I didn’t know where I could buy China Glaze in the UK back then (Sally is my go-to now), so I had to buy it on eBay. I bought it but didn’t get around to using it until now. It’s even more beautiful on the nail than it is in the bottle. Such a perfect Tiffany blue.
For the water marbling, I wanted to do stripes rather than the flower pattern I so often see used. So I used three drops of each polish each time, and alternated between For Audrey and the other two blues, using the blues just once. [So, for clarification … 3 drops of For Audrey, three drops of Up All Night, three drops of For Audrey, three drops of Sexy in the City, three drops of For Audrey]. I pulled two opposing edges to the sides of the cup and then striped the polish in the middle. For my left hand nail, it didn’t stripe all that well (I dragged it from too close to the edge each time), so I just squiggled it about a bit more. It looks like a true marbling, I think!
The water marble for my right hand did look more like I wanted, with stripes across the nail:
And with this manicure, my untrieds now number (only!) 99. (Oh no, I forgot that I ordered five polishes yesterday … so maybe not!)
- Base: two coats of China Glaze For Audrey
- Water marbling base: two coats of Barry M Matt White
- Water marbling polishes: China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze Up All Night, China Glaze Sexy in the City
- Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip