Monday, August 29, 2011

Strawberry Love Swirls Forever

Salut chicas :))

Thank you all so much for your kind words and well wishes regarding hurricane Irene. Thankfully, she passed rather quickly and spared us a major power outage (some of my friends weren't as lucky). Being stuck indoors the entire weekend, I was bored out of my mind; until I decided to take advantage of my free time to practice water marbling on my nails. Having the extra time and patience paid off well and I think I finally succeeded!! With Irene's swirling winds long gone, my nails are now marked with swirling twirling winds of love in bright strawberry pink :))) excuse my corny, I just can't help myself... I find meaning in everything. Here's the impression she left behind:

Read more for details & pix :)

Water Marbling Scoop: Click here to watch a tutorial done by a YouTube pro. I'm no pro, just a beginner (see pix haha)--and through trial and error I've learned a few tips to share with you guys:
  • Use room temperature filtered water in a small, plastic or foam disposable cup. The smaller the circumference of the cup, the more control you have over your design.
  • When creating the bull's eye for drawing your swirls, choose polishes that take longer to dry. As much as I love my Sinful Colors, they dry way too quickly and are practically impossible to manipulate on water.
  • Use a toothpick or a needle to drag the lines of color, but do not pierce the bull's eye.
  • Take advantage of a successful marbling and dip two fingers in.

My tools & my medium :)
Base and Top Coat: 
Marbling Design: 

Tools: Scotch tape for taping off the nails & toothpicks for drawing the designs in the polish

Left hand: I'm particularly proud of my pointer finger :)
Right hand: liking the way my ring finger turned out :)
From afar, this design looks like very wearable solid pink polish :)
Hide any imperfections with Sally Hansen nail art pen :)
Spread the love <3

So, who's up for the challenge? I tag all of you :)))


Maryam Maquillage

Photo Credits: Le Var


Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


  1. I've actually never been a fan of water marbling (I was addicted to watching her tutorials though lol) but it's perhaps because her nails are too long which makes the pattern look TOO busy! I love how it looks on short nails and the silver accents definitely added the finishing touch! I loveeee!

  2. Oh my gosh Maryam! I love it!! It's so feminine and pretty. *In awe*

  3. I've seen this one lady do it on youtube and I love it! I will have to try this out.

  4. pretty! it reminds me of the VS pink stripes :)

  5. This is sooo pretty! Great job dear~
    I am happy to hear that you are alright ^_^

  6. aaahhh what a success!!! this colour combo is definitely really pretty! they look flawless :) I love it! xoxo

  7. How gorgeous Maryam! The pink really pops against your skin tone! Very very pretty!!

  8. This is so pretty! I wish I could do something like that on my nails. Have got clumsy hands. lol but this is superb! <3

  9. wow... beautiful... well am not in to nail paint or nail art.... Totally blank :O

  10. I'm glad to hear the passed quickly and you're safe.

    The marbling turned out so nice!

  11. This is such a pretty take on the traditional marbling and would be absolutely perfect for a valentines mani. Too bad I can't do my nails, or I would totally steal this look. Gorgeous!

  12. thank you so much girls!!! glad you like the pink girly swirlies :)))

  13. One of the prettiest swirling manicures I've seen so far!

  14. wow i love that! you have such a steady hand to do that. so cute!

  15. I gotta say, that's some of the nicest water marbling I've seen!! I'm usually not a fan of it but I love the colours you used, and the little silver dots you added!

  16. yay! so lovely and sexy! i love it hun!

  17. I linked your post in my latest blog here - by the way hun xx

  18. I love how this turned out! One of these days when I have time I am SO going to try this!


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