Thursday, August 16, 2012

Water Marbling, WITH water

As promised, I said I was going to do a tutorial of how to water marble using water instead of just a tooth pick. Keep in mind that this type of water marbling is a lot harder than the way to do it with a toothpick. I do agree that this comes out with a lot cooler designs, but it is defiantly very time consuming. I am going to try my best to show you how to water marble and I am going to try to show you in the easiest way possible, so it will hopefully make it a little easier for you to try.

( In Order of Picture )
  • Sinful Colors in 804 Gorgeous
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver
  • A little glass to put your water in
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in 280 Rapid Red
  • Circus by Andrea's Choice in Reverso
  • Water
  • A toothpick
  • Tape


  1. First what your going to want to do is tape all around your nails. This means the skin just outside of your nail on both sides and also the skin below the nail. Doing this makes it easier to not make such a big mess. If you put the tape around the nail when you dip your finger in the nail polish then you wont get all of the excess nail polish on your skin. At the end you will be able to peel off the tape and then with a q-tip just clean off the extra nail polish, if there is any, with nail polish remover.
  2. Now you can use as many colors as you want for this look, I was doing a fourth of July look so I used red white and blue. I know that there is also a purple color on my nails in the picture, but I didn't use a purple, the colors just mixed together creating that look. So, choose the colors that you want and fill your little glass up to the top with water.
  3. In the order that you want the colors drop each nail polish color into the water. By this I mean to dip your nail polish brush into the nail polish and hold it just above your water, let the little nail polish droplet go into the water. You will see the nail polish expand, this is supposed to happen. Repeat this step with all your colors. Don't wait too long to drop the other colors in because you don't want the nail polish to completely dry on the surface of the water. ( Video Included at the bottom of this page* )

( This is what the nail polish should look like when it's in the water. )

  1. After you have all the colors you want on the water take your toothpick and gently glide across all the colors making a desired pattern. For the best water marbling look you want to make sure that you blend all the colors together making the pattern look the way you want it to.
  2. Next you want to take the nail that your ready to water marble and dip it all the way into the water making sure that you get the nail right into the middle of the design. Repeat this step on all of the nails.
  3. This nail design takes a little while to dry depending on how much nail polish you used. So i would suggest doing this when you have a lot of time to wait for them to dry.
  4. When they are fully dry put on a top coat so that you can seal the design and make it shiny.


I hope that this tutorial made it easier for some of you to achieve the water marble style of nails. I know it is often very hard to water marble and it is a popular style so knowing how to do it feels good. If you try this style or found my tutorial helpful please comment and let me know!

xoxo Emma

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