Sunday is a good day to try out some super easy nail art, right? I did this manicure because I was in the mood for a water marble manicure but I just didn’t have the time to do it. This gives a similar look but takes far less time (and it’s much less frustrating!).
The inspiration for this manicure came from the September 2011 issue of Glamour Magazine (yes, 2011!). They had an entire section on nail art that month and I saved the ones I thought were cute. I previously did the geometric manicure that was featured and figured it was finally time to give the swirl manicure a try! The original manicure had swirls on all of the nails but I decided to just do the swirls as an accent nail.
For step by step directions on how to get this look check below the jump!
What you need:
- 1. A base color. I used Essie Mojito Madness
- 2. Colors to create your swirl. I used Julep Daisy and Ulta Snow White. For best results use polishes that are rather opaque.
- 3. A toothpick
- 4. A topcoat of your choice. I used Rush 60 Seconds top coat.
The key (I learned the hard way…) to a successful swirl manicure is all the nail polish has to be wet. So, work one nail at a time. Paint the nail a thick coat of your base color. Then add dots of the colors you want to create the swirl. After that, just take your toothpick and create the swirls until you are happy with the look! It really is THAT easy.
Because the polish on the nail is quite thick give it a good while to dry before applying your top coat.
I really did love the way this turned out and can’t wait to try some other color combinations!