Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Water Spotted Nail Art featuring Zoya Neely and Kristen

Hi everyone!

Today I have a subtle but stunning nail art look to share with you!

I just received my May Ipsy Glam Bag, which included Zoya "Neely" from the Lovely Spring 2013 collection!

Now I have yet to get my hands on the rest of the collection due to my broken car and broken washing machine, but now owning this one I know I must have them all!

First, let's take a look at this beauty.

Neely is a light seafoam green creme.

 The consistency is fantastic like all Zoyas usually are, but I didn't experience some minor dragging and streaking. 
This is really out of character for Zoya polishes, and I think it's only because the polish might have thickened a bit from waiting for me to come rescue it from the hot mailbox.

But not to worry! 
A second coat brought to the creamy opaque color you see in the photos, with no streaks in sight.

Now on to the nail art!

I realized I hadn't done a water marble in quite a while and had been itching to do a water spotted mani.
I wanted the second color to be subtle enough to allow Neely to be the star -- enter Zoya's "Kristen."

I forgot to individually swatch this color, but it's very true to what you see below. 

By now I'm sure you know how the water spotted method works. You drip a few drops of polish into a cup of  water, spritz some hairspray into the polish and dip your nail into the mixture.

I do have an interesting tip I thought I'd share. Now most people recommend using chapstick or vaseline around the finger to protect your skin being covered in excess polish, am I right?

Welp, I found something BETTER.

No, you eyes are fine. That really is cuticle remover. 

I used this and now I'll use nothing else. 
I picked this baby up on a whim when I discovered it on manager's special at Kroger one day. 

Not only is it a great cuticle remover, but it is a fantastic tool for water manis. Now don't get me wrong, chapstick and vaseline work great but they leave your fingers greasy. 

This is much thinner, but not thin enough that it washes away in the water. It's really moisturizing, so when you wipe away the excess polish you're not stripping away the natural oils from your hands.

In addition to that, the brush applicator allows you to reach the cuticle area, so you're actually creating a barrier along the inner edge of you design as well. This simplifies cleanup by one million percent. 

Chapstick and vaseline don't usually provide much protection for this area, leaving you with a messy, hard-to-reach cuticle area to clean. With the cuticle remover, you just wipe and go!

I like that the water spotted manis are less time-intensive than water marbles, and this combo totally worked. 

What do you think of this look?
Will you try cuticle remover for your next water spotted/marble manicure?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and don't forget to give this look some love on FacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest!

And make sure to check out Zoya on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks for reading!



  1. Beautiful! I need to try this method soon!

    1. Thank you, and you really should! I would love to see it!

  2. Really pretty. I like it better that the black spotted manis. What did you use in your water to get the spotted effect?

    1. Thank you. :)

      I actually used a body spray! Using a body spray or any hair spray that spritzes with a wider, more even mist will give you the results shown above.

    2. Thanks for the reply! :) Was it aerosol or just a pump mist?

    3. Just a pump. I tried an aerosol but it just didn't do the trick. :)

  3. Sorry, I'm confused... so I take my nail polish jar and add hairspray to it? Or drop the nail polish in a separate container of water then add hairspray to the mixture?

    1. The latter. Fill a small cup with water and drip a few drops of nail polish into the water. Then you spritz the hairspray a couple of times over the nail polish/water mixture.

      I hope that helps!

  4. Wow how pretty! Love the two colors you used in this manicure too. It feels really light and airy :)

    1. Thank you! That's what I was going for. :)

  5. OMG! This is amazing. I love the colors you used.

  6. Wow your pictures are so crisp!
    Love the lightness of this mani!!! I did want to ask you though....can you put several fingers in the water at once or do you have to do each finger separately?

    Love your blog! I'm a new follower ;)

  7. Your final result is gorgeous. I'm yet to try water spotted manis. But I LOVE THIS

  8. Wooooooow...I wanna try this!Your blog is lovely...I'm a new follower:D

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