A pond manicure is basically a jelly sandwich, but with nail art between the layers instead of a glitter polish. For mine I used Deborah Lippmann's Call Me Irresponsible, a purple jelly polish, and I did little white flowers with a needle-point dotting tool. It was a little tricky for me to find jelly polishes in my stash that were sort of clear jellies; I feel like a lot of mine are sheer but sort of creamy/cloudy (not like in a gross way, in an intentional way). Of course once I was all done with this I remembered that ALL of the Milani Neon polishes are super clear jelly polishes! Derp!
The hardest part of this manicure is all of the waiting in between layers :( I am impatient and my impatience is what kept me away from nail polish soooo long ago - before I learned the literal wizard science-magic that is quick dry top coat. [It might give me cancer or make weird babies or whatever, but I love me some quick dry.] Anyway, really the point of this is that I'm not sure if you QD TC more often between the layers (which seems disastrous because quick dry + layers = unhappy) or just at the end as I did? It felt like it took me all day to do one colored jelly layer, dot the tiny flowers, then wait for those dots to settle down and dry so that the next layer of colored jelly polish wouldn't drag white smears all over my nail.
Basically I love this effect, but it takes some dedication out of your day (maybe more time than I would like). Have you tried the pond manicure technique? Do you have any sage words of wisdom about the process? Share in the comments!
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