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Guest Post from Valesha at ‘Peachy Polish’

I’m proud to share with you guys today’s guest post from Valesha at Peachy Polish. I first found out about Valesha through InstaGram several months ago and I’m so happy that she finally started her blog! Today’s post features a very cool ‘watercolor’ manicure.

Hi!  I’m Valesha from Peachy Polish and I am so thrilled to be able to do a guest post for Bridget!  Her blog is one of my absolute favorites and I’ve been a long time fan of hers ever since I followed her on Instagram!  I feel so honored that she would let me come share a mani with you all!

I love doing watercolor nails and I somehow always forget about it!  It is one of the simplest nail art techniques and the effect it creates is so beautiful.  I pondered over what I might do as a guest post because I really wanted to do something worthy of Luxe Beauty Forever.  I finally thought to do a watercolor manicure and decided to make it winter themed.  The colors I used here were: Sally Hansen “Ivory Skull” as the base color, Essie “Bikini So Teeny”, NCLA “Downtown Dollface”, Essie “Where’s My Chauffeur?” and OPI “Rumple’s Wiggin”.  Then I topped it off with Lynnderella “Snow Angel” and China Glaze “Fairy Dust”.

The result was even better than I had imagined!  I did NOT want to take this off.  It literally pained me to have to remove it.

I kept being reminded of the famous painting by Monet called “Water-Lily Pond”.  It was just so light and delicate and airy.  It looked soft and wintery and I think it would also be great for a springtime manicure!

This effect is quite simple to create and it can vary depending on how much acetone you use.  You start out by painting on your base (white is usually a good bet) then you dab random dots of the first polish you want to use on your nail using a dotting tool, paint brush or the like.  Then, using a small paint brush and pure acetone, dab a small drop of acetone on the polish spots and it should spread the polish color, as long as the polish is not too dry already.  If it doesn’t spread the color, lightly dab your paint brush on the color spot until it spreads out.  Be careful to not add too much acetone on your brush because that could make the polish too runny and it will pool in your cuticles.  Repeat the process with each additional color you choose, until your whole nail is covered and the white base is no longer showing.

The great thing about this technique is that it’s not supposed to be perfect.  The colors are supposed to run together and look watered down, just like a watercolor painting!  You can then choose to add any glitter on the top or leave it as is.  Top it off with topcoat for a perfect glossy look and your all set!  There is also a really good tutorial on BeautyGeeks.com that you can check out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this manicure.  Thank you so much, Bridget, for letting me do a post for you!  Happy Holidays everyone!

This is just stunning, Valesha! I love the softness of the colors and how seamlessly they fade into one another! Thank you so much for doing this guest post and creating such a stunning mani! Make sure you guys check out Peachy Polishes blog here and Facebook page here. Also, follow her on both InstaGram and twitter @Valesha. Until next time…

Cheers,
Bridget

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is such a soft but interesting manicure! Valesha is a very talented Lady… another success story when two great ladies come together for a guest post opportunity 😉

    November 26, 2012
  2. Love this manicure! Valesha’s technique looks better than any other tutorial I’ve seen. I have to try this!

    November 26, 2012
  3. Lorraine V #

    Gorgeous! great job, Valesha. this looks like a galaxy mani to me in pastel watercolor. how splendidly original- I love it!

    November 29, 2012
  4. Need to try this technique – so pretty and soft!

    December 1, 2012

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