I love combining nail art techniques together. For instance, my water marble color block manicure. For today's prompt, I wanted to combine water marbling with yet another nail art technique; gradients! The idea was to marble with a clear nail polish to let the gradient peek through.
The gradient is done in Julep Katie and Julep India. I wish I had snapped a photo of the gradient because it was just stunning on its own.
Now, here's where the experimentation came in. I needed a clear polish that would spread enough to marble with. Unfortunately, both of my clear top coats dried too fast to work. Then, I tried some clear glitter toppers. They didn't work either. I also tried matte top coats and that's when I found a clear winner! (See what I did there?!? Ha ha!) NYC Matte Me Crazy, it was! I marbled with that and Sally Hansen Black Out and it was wonderful! Hubby's response was, "That looks bad ass." Yay! I also played around a bit afterward...
This is with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust because it perfectly masks any bubbling or slight imperfections in a water marble.