Water Marble Nails -What You Need To Know

Water marble nails are a nail art design that mimics the appearance of marble. People may create this nail style on themselves or get it done professionally in order to achieve the effect. The marbled nail polish look reached a peak in the fall of 2015 but is still quite popular among nail enthusiasts years later. It is no surprise why. This type of nail art offers a unique look you can rock no matter what sense of style you have. Today, we are going to fill you in on the details of how you can pull off this look all by yourself! Let’s get started.

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Does Nail Marbling Work Well When Done at Home?

Although nail marbling is really cool, it can be a tricky process. Achieving this unique polish style is rather time-consuming and a bit complicated, especially if you are not used to doing your own nail art. With that being said, it is possible to achieve this neat art design if you are willing to give it a shot. Today, we are going to dive into the details of how to paint your nails this neat polish style. At the end of our nail art tutorial, you should be able to achieve this unique look on your own. Let’s get started on your journey to becoming a nail marbling pro!

How to Do Water Marble Nails – Equipment You Will Need

For professionals or amateur nail artists, there are some necessary materials to buy in order to achieve the water marble nail look. The tools you will need really depend on what type of nail art you are looking to achieve. However, for today’s water marble nails tutorial, you may be able to find many of these tools right at home. Having these tools on hand is essential to being able to pull off a water marble nail art design. Here is everything that you will need:

  • A container filled with water: The water is necessary to create the marbled look of the nail polish before applying onto the nail. Marble nails without water are still possible, but super difficult. Water and nail polish do not bond together, and therefore water is the best solution to create the marble nail polish effect. You will want to make sure that the water you use is as purified as possible. Any contaminants might affect your water marble nail art.
  • Nail polish remover: Nail polish remover will help you clean up the nail after applying the nail polish. The remover should be applied with cotton swabs, but carefully used as to not disturb the desired nail art.
  • Tissues and towels: Though not an absolute necessity, having these materials on hand will make cleaning up that much easier. Not only that, but if you make any mistakes as you work, having tissues on hand can be really helpful. At the end of the application, tissues and towels will be used to dry each finger as it is dipped in the water before you apply the marbling polish.
  • Sticky tape or petroleum jelly: The sticky tape ensures that the nail varnish does not get onto the skin surrounding your nail. First, the tape is wrapped around the finger (except for the nail). Then, when you dip your finger into the polish, it only adheres to your nail and not your skin. Keeping your skin covered will help you immensely when you finish applying the marble nail designs. If you do not have sticky tape, then you can use Petroleum jelly instead. The Petroleum jelly can act as a nail polish remover on your skin once you dip your fingers.
  • Nail polish: In order to achieve the swirled colors effect, choosing two nail polish colors that are noticeably different is preferable. The two colors you choose will be the colors that create the marble art. Aside from this polish, you will also want to get a base coat, a top coat, and a solid white polish.
  • Toothpicks: This is the critical component to achieving the perfect marble art look, so be sure to have several on hand. More on how it will work shortly.
  • Cuticle clippers: A cuticle remover will allow you to prepare your nails so that they are ready for the marble nails art.
  • Cuticle oil: This will help you finish your liquid nail latex design.

The Process: How to Design Nails With Water Marble Art

Once you have everything you need for your nail art, you are ready to get started. Here is your water marble nails step by step guide:

  1. Your first step to achieving this nail art is to clean off your nail to get it ready.
  2. Using your cuticle remover, shape the base of your nail bed.
  3. Next, make sure to take a nail file and shape up the nail the way you want. While it is best to pull off this look with natural nails, this nail art also works as an acrylic art design too.
  4. After prepping your nail, you should then coat it with a base coat and one to two layers of white nail polish. The white nail polish will allow your marbled polish to show through with a lot more vibrance.
  5. You will want your prepped nails to dry completely before you begin with the actual nail designs. While waiting for those coats to completely dry, you can begin to set up your bowl of water that you will dip your fingernails into.
  6. To set up the dip station, you will want to pour clear water into a bowl.
  7. Then, you will take your first colored polish and add one drop to the bowl. Start with the darker color. The nail polish will spread in your clear water.
  8. Then, add a drop of your next color right on top of your first color. Continue adding one drop of each color until you have the desired look that you want. You will notice that the two colors will create a ring effect on the surface of the water and the polish will not mix.
  9. Then, using a toothpick, gently manipulate the nail varnish in the water by putting the toothpick through the nail polish and drawing in different directions. The nail polishes should slightly mix, but not completely. As you draw your toothpick through the water, you will be creating the design that you will eventually paint your nails with.
  10. Once your base coat and white coat have dried, you are almost ready to dip. First, you will need to add the sticky tape or the petroleum jelly to the skin surrounding your nail. When you are doing this, it imperative that you make sure not to cover parts of the white nail polish, If you do, then that part of your nail will not allow the marble art to adhere. Once your finger is ready and coated, you are ready to dip.

  11. Next, you should slowly dip your finger into the water with nail polish before pulling out slowly. Be sure that you dip just under the water surface. Keep your finger under the water surface until you are sure the whole nail is covered. As you pull it out, the nail polish should adhere to the nail and pull up with your finger.
  12. Next, pull away the tape and wipe away any excess nail polish on the skin with nail polish remover. In addition to the nail polish remover, you may want to use a cotton swab or tissue to help you keep the area clean. Just be sure not to allow your cotton swab to touch your art design.
  13. Repeat this process for all fingers.
  14. Once your fingers are all dipped and dried, you are ready to add a clear top coat paint to seal your marble art so that it is further protected. The type of clear top coat you use does not matter, however, you will want to paint your nails with one that offers ample coverage so that your marble art nail designs can last longer.
  15. Once your nail designs have completely dried, you can then apply some cuticle oil to help future protect your artwork.
  16. Pair your beautiful marble art nails with some equally beautiful accessories, and you are ready to enjoy your new nails!

Final Thoughts on How To Make Water Marble Nails

With enough practice, you will find that water marble nails are rather easy. In fact, once you know how to achieve this design, you may feel silly that you didn’t try it sooner. Although it does take a little longer to pull off this neat look, the end result is absolutely superb. You get a really neat look that will draw compliments throughout your day. If you have the time, energy, and patience, this nail art tutorial is certainly a look that you should try out today.

Works Consulted
  1. Cullen, Rose-Ann. “How To Do Water Marble Nails.” Beauty Bay Edited. EDITed, 11 Nov. 2015. Web.21 Nov. 2016.
  2. Volk, Lena. “A Water Marble Nail Tutorial Just in Time for Spring.” SheKnows. Nordstrom, 24 Apr. 2015. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

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