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How to create an ocean wave mani

Inspired by the valentine mani created by jenna day (http://thebeautydepartment.com/2012/02/Mani-monday-double-feature)

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Started out with base coat - love the shape of my nails!

Started out with base coat - love the shape of my nails!

Applied the base layer, OPI ski teal we drop. This is after teo coats. Since I started with such a dark colour, the resultant colours had to be non-opaque in order for them to cover it properly.

Applied the base layer, OPI ski teal we drop. This is after teo coats. Since I started with such a dark colour, the resultant colours had to be non-opaque in order for them to cover it properly.

I started out with using the entire reinforcement ring, but figured it was easier to control by cutting it to half! And it also saves resources cos the rings are pretty much single-use

I started out with using the entire reinforcement ring, but figured it was easier to control by cutting it to half! And it also saves resources cos the rings are pretty much single-use

First layer of tape! Apply only after the base polish has dried! Keep the tape on until the new layer of polish dries, if not the lines are no longer clean :(

First layer of tape! Apply only after the base polish has dried! Keep the tape on until the new layer of polish dries, if not the lines are no longer clean :(

After removing the tape. It doesn't really look nice here but the finished product is really awesome!

After removing the tape. It doesn't really look nice here but the finished product is really awesome!

Right hand, finished first layer.

Right hand, finished first layer.

Both hands, finished first layer.

Both hands, finished first layer.

Given that the skin food comes on very thick and gooey, I had to put a quick drying top coat in order to prevent further smudging

Given that the skin food comes on very thick and gooey, I had to put a quick drying top coat in order to prevent further smudging

As you can see, alignment is really important.

As you can see, alignment is really important.

I tried alternating different colours for the top. The light green kinda works but it is glittery/shimmery so it doesn't really blend well with the others.

I tried alternating different colours for the top. The light green kinda works but it is glittery/shimmery so it doesn't really blend well with the others.

The china glaze worked a lot better. Here you can see me taping up for the third layer. The transparent reinforcement rings are AWESOME cos you can adjust it better :)

The china glaze worked a lot better. Here you can see me taping up for the third layer. The transparent reinforcement rings are AWESOME cos you can adjust it better :)

I think the china glaze suits the top layer better than this skin food. What do y'all think?

I think the china glaze suits the top layer better than this skin food. What do y'all think?

LAST TWO NAILS. Must say I was really relieved by this point in time. All that cutting and taping and painting is vvvv tiring.

LAST TWO NAILS. Must say I was really relieved by this point in time. All that cutting and taping and painting is vvvv tiring.

The completed product! After top coat. It's actually surprisingly smooth even though I expected it to be uneven from the many different layers

The completed product! After top coat. It's actually surprisingly smooth even though I expected it to be uneven from the many different layers

Completed product, without flash. Isn't it pretty? It's got a lovely teal turquoise blue green thing going and it reminds me of the ocean :)

Completed product, without flash. Isn't it pretty? It's got a lovely teal turquoise blue green thing going and it reminds me of the ocean :)

With flash. I really love the left side!!! It's a tad messy but well I tried using cotton buds to clean it up and that didn't work AT ALL :(

  • OPI ski teal we drop (dark blue)
  • Skin food bl514 (turquoise)
  • Skin food bl509 (light shimmery green)
  • China glaze for Audrey (light blue)
  • China glaze strong adhesion base coat
  • Poshé quick dry top coat
  • Self adhesive transparent reinforcement rings
  • Scissors