I'm quite excited about tonight's post! I've been lusting after something called Liquid Palisade over the last few months, having seen it on other blogs. It's a paint-on rubbery substance that protects cuticles and skin on your fingers before messy nail art, and which then can be peeled off. However, it's quite pricey (about $22 US), comes in very small (10g) bottles, and is quite hard to get hold of in the UK. Then last week I saw someone posting about using cosmetic liquid latex for the same thing (if you know which blog it was, please do let me know, and I'll credit!) and I thought it seemed a brilliant idea.
At the weekend, I was near a Hobbycraft, and popped in. In the fancy dress make up section they had these little bottles of liquid latex for £3! It's designed to make warts and wrinkles and fake skin for wounds and so on, but it's perfect for nail art!
This bottle is 28ml, so not huge, but bigger than Liquid Palisade, and £3, so much, much cheaper!
There is no brush, but I just used a small paintbrush.
Step 1: paint a coat of latex round your finger, getting close to the nail but not touching the polish.
Step 2: allow to dry - the latex turns almost clear. This is where Liquid Palisade looks better, as it's coloured, so you can see it more easily. But maybe I could add food colouring to this?
Step 3: do your nail art. In this case, I stamped using Models Own Chrome Cerise and a MoYou London plate.
Step 4: Allow polish to dry, and then peel off your latex. It comes off in one big stretchy piece.
Step 5: You're done! This was the nail immediately afterwards - but you can just rub the skin a bit and any extra bits come right off.
This was the result immediately after removing the liquid latex. I didn't do any clean up at all! The reason for the random colours and patterns is that I was just experimenting with different polishes (these are all Models Own Chromes) to see if it made a difference - it didn't seem to!
It was a bit tricky to clean up the brush afterwards, as I left it quite a while and it had gone all gummy. I think next time I'd wash it straight away, or maybe try using a cotton bud. But I can't wait to use this for water marbling, as it's ridiculously easy and practical!