Friday, June 19, 2015

Seafoam and Sparkling Sand

I have a beachy mani for this week's post. I've been itchin' to try the "water spotted" technique that's been floating around the internet for a while now. Here's a link to the beach nails tutorial from elleandish that I used for this mani. I basically followed the tutorial and didn't get too creative with it for my first attempt with this technique.

For polish, I did a base layer of white (Zoya - Purity). Then, with a makeup sponge, I dabbed on a gradient using Essie - Sand Tropez, Zoya - Wednesday, and Zoya - Robyn. Next was the "foam" layer. I dabbed a little Essie - Pure Pearlfection over Sand Tropez for some sparkle. My ring finger is Zoya - Godiva for a sparkly, sandy effect. For the "foam," I used Zoya - Purity.

Zoya; beach; ocean; seafoam; sand; blue; green; Essie
Direct sun

To add to the beachy effect, my camera opted to portray my hands in a lobstery shade of red.

Zoya; beach; ocean; seafoam; sand; blue; green; Essie
Indirect sun
To make the foam, fill a cup with room temperature water and drop some white polish in it, waiting for the polish to spread in the water, as if doing a water marble. Then lightly mist a body spray that contains alcohol over the polish until you achieve your desired effect. Little holes form when the spray hits the polish. Then pick your spot and dip your finger in. It helps to tape around your nail or use some liquid latex for easy clean up. Slap on a top coat to smooth everything out and you're done.

It was exciting to see this mani come together. It really reminds me of foamy salt water at the seashore. I can't wait to try some more looks with this water and body spray technique.

Thanks for reading!

- Melissa


  1. Your seafoam looks really cool! What a cool way to use water spotting :)

    1. Thank you! I've seen this look around the internet and just had to try it. Can't wait to try some more looks, too.


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