I saw this technique for the first time at The Daily Varnish. She called it Acid Washed Nails and it was such a pretty color combo. I knew immediately I was going to try it myself with blues. I also wanted my nails to have a linear, corduroy looking finish to them, so instead of using an acetone dipped q-tip, I used a make-up brush.
I started with two coats of Zoya Skylar, a medium blue with a metallic silver finish. Then polished one coat of Zoya Kristin, a blue-leaning gray creme. I dipped a fairly firm makeup brush into acetone and wiped most of it off. Then I swiped over each nail several times, removing the Kristin and revealing the Skylar underneath.
Normally I wouldn’t like a look that wasn’t even and tidy, but I really do find this mani charming and interesting. It’s smooth, but has a texture about it. It’s messy…but it’s not.
Disclosure: I have no material connection to the products used in this post.