Water marbling is a nail coloring technique,
where you drip drops of different colored polishes on the water surface, make a design
with a pointy tool and dip in your finger. Or you can spill two of your favorite polishes
on the floor and just roll your finger in here for a quicker solution.
Hey guys! Water marble is such a cool nail art technique. It looks so easy when watching
the tutorials where pros are doing it. But when you try to do it yourself, you bump into
a lot of problems. I was there myself, I figured that water marble nail art is actually very
tricky. There’s just a lot of rules we need to follow if we want to make it work. So I
did a thorough research, I read many articles, I tried so many different nail polishes…
and here I put all the secrets and hints together to share them with you! I’m
going to show you how to make this design and along the way I am going to tell you all
the tips and tricks you need to know about the water marbling. So let’s get started!
First of all it is important what kind of container for water you chose. Don’t use a
big bowl, but rather try a small cup or a glass like this. Mine is from an old candle.
If your container is too big the polish may spread too much and dry too quickly. It’s
recommended to use filtered or distilled room temperature water, and here’s why – unfiltered
water may contain different minerals that can prevent polish from spreading on the surface.
This depends on where you live, so try your tap water out first; it may work if you are
lucky. I find that both warm and cold water cause
my polish to dry quicker making it impossible to drag a toothpick through polishes to make
a design. To get the water to room temperature, simply leave it in a bottle for 2 hours before
starting with water marble. Another important tip is to always use clean
water, or your polish won’t be able to spread, see?
When you drop your polish into the water, you want to be just above the surface. If
you hold your polish brush too high the polish drop may sink to the bottom. The drop will
get much higher speed due to gravity force and the water surface won’t be able to catch
it. Therefore, you need to drop the polish close
to the surface like me or even closer. For more opaque effect you can touch the surface
gently with the polish brush and the water will pull more color from the brush, giving
you brighter results. You can also drip two or three drops of the same polish in a row.
Now your colors will be much more opaque. It’s important to know that not all polishes
will work with water marbling. You really need to test different polishes you own to
see which ones you can use. And remember, what counts is the texture and not the brand.
Generally glitter polishes don’t work. They are too thick because of the glitter and even
if the polish itself may spread on the water surface, the polish on top of it most probably
won’t. If a polish is too sticky and thick it’s almost
impossible to drop it and if you do, it won’t spread as it should. A nail polish thinner
can help you if your polishes are too gloopy and thick by texture. Nail lacquers are supposed
to work better than polishes. In addition, marbling won’t work with base and top coats,
fast drying polishes, crack polishes, satin and matte effect polishes.
It is also important, which polishes you combine and in what order you’re dripping different
colors. See here… This yellow polish is not working
with my blue one. The yellow one is much more watery, while the blue one is thicker – we
can say stronger. The yellow one cannot spread on top of it. Therefore you need to find polishes
with similar density. They must be equally strong! Here, I am using the same blue color
as before, and it works great together with this peachy orange one as they are of similar
thickness. It is like in the martial art sports. Fighters are grouped in weight categories.
Only the ones with a similar weight can fight each other!
Ok, now let’s do some water marbling and I will give you more tips along the way.
We need a cup with water, colored polishes, base coat, white polish, tape, toothpick or
a needle, paper wipes, scissors, q-tips, nail polish remover, disposable work space like
an old towel and a long stick. First, protect your nails with a base coat.
Next, apply 2 coats of white polish. White canvas assures that the colors on your nails
will be bright and opaque. Tape up your fingers as close to your nails
as possible. and make sure to tape around the cuticle and not over the nail. You can
always remove the polish on the cuticle with a nail polish remover, but if you tape over
your nail, this part will remain white and it will ruin your design. You can also use
cuticle oil or vaseline and apply it around your nails, but I prefer a tape.
Before you start with the water marbling it’s very important to have all the tools close
to you. You have to work very fast, otherwise the polish will dry and you’ll make a mess.
Drip the first drop of the polish aiming in the center of the cup. With the next color
aim in the center of the previous, and so on until you get a bull’s-eye. You can use
more than 2 colors of the polish; to keep it simple, I just went for two. If you have
short nails like me, designs using more colors may not fit on your nails at all.
To help the polishes spread you can shake the cup from time to time. See how it helps
spreading the blue polish? You can also use a pointy tool and drag around the water to
help the polish spread. Look how well it works…. When drawing a design it’s important not to
start dragging from the outer most ring. It’s from the drop you dropped first so it’s probably
dry by now… This is what happens if you start with it. Oh no, we messed up! Sorry…
the tutorial is over. Just kidding! I always get you right. Ok.. so remember to always
start dragging the tool through polish from the safe zone in.
For a neat and sharp design, wipe your pointy tool each time you drag through polish. There
are many different designs you can make with the water marbling. I really like the flower
design and that’s the one I am going for today. Just drag straight lines towards the center
to end up with a beautiful flower. You don’t have to go all around as your nail is probably
not that big anyway. Now we need to dip the finger in! Keep your finger at 45 degree angle
against the surface and dip it in gently. This way you avoid air bubbles that may appear
under the polish when you take your finger out. Leave your finger in the water for few
seconds and in the meantime blow on the polish to help it dry faster. Then remove the polish
from the surface with a toothpick. You need to clean the surface properly before pulling
the finger out of the water. If there are any bigger water drops on your nail, soak
them up carefully with a corner of a paper towel. If the drop is smaller just leave it
and it’ll dry on the air. Carefully remove the tape around your nail
and clean up any polish from your finger with a q-tip soaked in acetone.
Look how pretty this design turned out! Just apply a thick coat of the fast drying top
coat and we’re done for this nail. On my other hand I’ve taped all of my fingers
— it looks kind of funny, haha. You can make countless designs with water
marble. In the bottom right corner I am dragging the tool from the center out and this way
you get a wavy marble design. I am using a needle to draw the design, but a toothpick
or pencil will work great too. To save up on time and polish you can dip multiple fingers
in the water at once. I did it in the upper left corner. Just be careful not to bump with
one nail to another as this can damage the design on both nails.
Apply a top coat to give a beautiful shine and protect nails from chipping. Water marbling
applies a thin layer of polish to your nails so they may chip easily — therefore a top
coat is a must. I really, really hope you find this video
helpful and if you’re gonna do the water marble nail art yourself, good luck! You’re now equipped
with all the secrets and hints so I’m sure you’re gonna do well! If you want to see my
nail care video, click right here. And of course don’t forget to subscribe to my channel
for more nail art videos in the future. Thank you so much for watching and see you next
time! Bye, bye! If you still have problems with water marbling,
let me know in the comments what your issues are and I will try to help you. Also if you
have any other water marbling tips leave them below so we can all learn together and become
water marble experts!