Water manicure at home: techniques and tips

Wearing a monochrome manicure is boring. Design will help. Every year new ideas appear that quickly become ready-to-wear fashion. It also happens that a long-known technique suddenly begins to be used in a new quality. So it was with water manicure. It began with the fact that the Korean master came up with a happy thought to transfer friendship bracelets to nails. Design immediately gained worldwide popularity. Thin strings with pendants crossing the nail plate reminded of water manicure.

Its principle is simple: varnishes drip into a bowl of water, which disperse on the surface and form a colorful film. A thin object draws several lines, shifting the varnish, and achieve the desired pattern. The nail falls into the bowl, thereby drawing on it. Despite the simplicity of the operation, lay people spend a lot of time on this design.

Many people have a question: "How to make water manicure at home?". It's all about preparation. For the design with a varnish film on a gel-varnish coating, additional use of a top gel and a lamp, as well as an alcohol-containing liquid to remove the dispersion layer will be required.

Nails should dry

What do you need to cook

To successfully perform water manicure at home, you will need some special manicure tools and materials:

  • Orange sticks.
  • PVA glue or a special protective coating for the design that protects the skin.
  • Thinner for varnishes.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Thin tweezers.
  • Dots with a sharp tip or needle.
  • Lint-free napkins or towel.
  • Base for varnish.
  • White varnish.
  • Top for varnishes.
Nail polish

Varnish used in design

For a beautiful design, it is important that the varnishes are fresh. Then they will quickly disperse along the surface of the water, will withstand the time of creation of the drawing for longer and dry faster on their hands. Not all shades are suitable for water manicure. What varnish is needed? Glitter varnishes are undesirable, transparent too. Since the film will be applied to the nails, it will require covering varnishes that will not shine through. Enamels or pastel varnishes are usually suitable for this.

Suitable varnishes

Gel-lacquers on the surface of the water cannot make a film, because they are heavy and drown. But there is another way that you can simulate this design.

What types of such manicure exist

There are several types of water design. One can be done in the classical way by applying varnishes to the surface of the water and lowering the fingers into the vessel. But the masters came up with an alternative way in which you do not need to get your hands dirty. A thin lacquer film dries quickly, and then it is carefully removed from the surface of the water and used as sliders. The necessary elements are simply cut with manicure scissors and placed on a nail covered with a base for varnishes.

The film retains elasticity for some time, so it can be distributed on the convex surface of the nail. If it has dried in places, they just make an incision to make it fit perfectly. After several minutes, which are necessary for drying the moisture, the work is fixed with a top.

Top coating

Some drawings, similar to water manicure, can be done on the nail itself with fresh gel polish before polymerization. Work should be fast and confident, because gel polish does not retain the pattern for long. It spreads, flows onto the cuticle. For this reason, complex patterns will not work, but friendship bracelets, flowers, a rainbow and abstraction can be drawn easily.

Principles of creating a picture

In order to get a beautiful pattern, put more than ten drops, trying to get exactly in the center of the previous one. The larger the bowl, the more drops will have to be delivered. It is best to take a bowl or bowl the size of a tea cup. Water should not be warm, but cold will not work. The solvent evaporates quickly in warm water and the film freezes too quickly. Cold water makes varnishes more viscous. The room temperature of cool water is what you need.

Create a drawing

In the process of working on the pattern, it is necessary to draw several times with a sharp tool (dots, knitting needle, needle or orange stick) through the varnish puddle. Each time, touching it, the dots are covered with an adhering layer of varnish, which interferes with subsequent precise movements. He sticks to the surface of the picture and pulls along parts of the picture. To prevent this, simply wipe the tool every time after each varnish.

If you draw from the center to the edges of the bowl, the stripes will be directed from the center, as if forming leaves. If you act the other way around, you get a flower. These are the simplest elements of water manicure for beginners.

Lacquer Stickers

If there is gel polish on the nails, this is very convenient. You can pre-apply the desired tone on which the varnish film will lie. To complete the background, it is not necessary to achieve the perfect coverage: all the same, a colorful design will close all the flaws. Just one layer of white is enough, and if there are unpainted areas on the nails, this will not be visible.

Although the “Water Manicure” nail design is not made with gel polishes, you can make it with varnish stickers. A detailed description of the master class is given in the video. It explains all the subtleties of this method, leaving room for creativity. For example, half of the nail can be left without a sticker, a strip for a jacket or a hole for a moon manicure can be cut from the film.

If you mix light green, dark green, black and white, you get an imitation of malachite. Having cut out the oval fragment, glue it to the hole and draw it with a rim. For this, charmonics are suitable. Imitation of wood is made of several shades of brown, any kind of marble is also performed.

Water manicure on gel polish

To decorate with varnish patterns, it is not necessary to make a film, you can use another method. So that the varnish has good adhesion with gel polish when dipping, the nails are prepared. The fact is that the gel polish will not be able to lie on the water pattern. But if you slightly flush the surface, everything will work out.

During buffing, the coating may come off in some areas. To avoid this, gel polish must be applied generously. After drying from the smallest particles of water, the work is covered with top gel and dried in a lamp. Make sure that the top covers all the corners of the nail. A detailed video of how this is done will help to understand the details.

Hole Stickers

More and more special art techniques penetrate nail design. So water manicure with holes refers to such a borrowed technique. If alcohol gets on the surface of dry paint (or varnish), it accelerates the surrounding color. It turns out a hole through which the background is visible. So you can make an imitation of cheese, starry sky, salute, blot.

This method has been successfully applied in manicure. To create a spray, take an alcohol-containing composition (clinser, lotion, glass washing liquid) located in the spray bottle. It’s not worth splashing a lot, once is often enough. Check how the atomizer shutter is located, whether it is in the position when the trickle comes out. Need a spray mode.

When the film hardens, it is cut and glued to the nail. Through the holes peeps through the background. You can apply neon varnish on your nails, and then make a black film, through the holes of which small neon splashes will shine.

Instruction manual

A detailed description of how to do water manicure gives the following video:


Step 1. Make a hygienic manicure by cleaning the surface of the nails from the skin.

Step 2. Apply white polish to the nails.

Step 3. Prepare a bowl of water, ten orange sticks, a dots tool (to create a picture), a towel or napkins, which the tool will be cleaned on, a garbage box.

Step 4. Cover the fingers of one hand with a protective agent, leaving only the nails open.

Step 5. Apply varnish to the surface of the water using the drop-to-drop method.

Step 6. Use a sharp tool to create a picture.

Step 7. Lower the nail into the water without taking it out; collect a colorful film with an orange stick.

Finger taking out

Step 8. Remove the nail.

Steps 9 - 16. Repeat with all fingers on the hand.

Step 17. Apply the top.

Steps 18 - 28. Repeat with fingers on the other hand.

Imitation of water manicure using the technique of gel polish

In all manicure schools pass varnish technique "on wet varnish." Schemes of the most successful designs have been created. The principle is the same as in water manicure, the only difference is that stains with a sharp needle are done directly on the nail. Not all drawings are obtained with this material, but some simple drawings are possible.

For such an imitation, a background coating is first performed, then several gel varnishes are applied drop by drop. With Dots, you can collect at one point all the lines that start from the opposite corner. Simple zigzags will also create an interesting pattern. Corners are filled with a brush. Polymerize the drawing two times: fix the stains and dry the work with a brush.

On a white gel polish


It is easy to work in this technique after some practice. You can start with one nail on each hand, even you can only on one. Over time, the fantasy develops, and I want to try all new motives. And most importantly, it is a unique design that no one else can find. And not a single artist can repeat his creation. So you are waiting for new discoveries!

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/A11853/

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