How To Do Water Marble Nails Step by Step

Nail art in waterSo for today’s post I’m going to explain how to do water marble nails step by step. These easy nail art designs are incredibly simple to do at home once you get the hang of it.

It can be a bit difficult to do at first but keep reading and watching for some good advice on how to get this cool look. And the great thing about it is, you can make use of all your cheap nail art supplies that you have lying around. As I mention later it is best to practise with your least favourite nail polishes until you nail this look!

Here is a youtube water marble nails tutorial that I found. She only uses two colours but this video is so easy to follow and has step by step instructions.

Your Water Marbling Supplies Equipment List

  • A Q-tip
  • A small bowl or cup of water – use bottled or filtered water at room temperature
  • Toothpicks or a pencil
  • Adhesive tape – if you don’t have any tape you can always use vaseline or lip balm around your nails
  • Nail polish that is quite thin/liquidy so it spreads easily in the water
  • Base and top coat
  • Serviette to clean off your toothpick
  • Nail polish remover
  • Garbage bin

Instructions for Water Marble Nails

water marblingAs always when doing your nails it is best to do it in a well ventilated area and to use some paper towels or an old towel to protect the surface of the area that you are working on. The instructions below are mainly reiterated from the youtube water marble nail art video for those who may have issues streaming it.

If this is your first time attempting these nail art in water designs it is best to start with only two or three colours and only use cheap nail polishes until you find you have the hang of it. When choosing your colours go for light and dark or contrasting colours as it will look more striking on your nail.

  • Apply your clear base coat and allow to dry.
  • Now apply the coloured base coat that you would like to show through your designs as sometimes the colours can come out slightly transparent and there’s always the risk that you won’t completely cover your nail. I think lighter colours always look good as a background colour but it depends on what look you’re going for.
  • nail polish on waterOnce your base coat has dried completely you can stick the adhesive tape around your nails, you want to get this as close to your nail bed as possible without getting it on your nails. This makes it easy to clean up your nails once you have completed your designs. I find attaching the tape in two or three pieces around your nail gives the best coverage.
  • Now to add the nail polish drops in water, do this fairly close to the water level. As mentioned earlier this works best when you use filtered or bottled water at room temperature. It is best to work quickly when adding the nail polish on water as it will give you more time to make your design.
  • You can drop as many drops as you like. I try to do anywhere from 5-10 drops  into the water, just experiment and see what works best for you.
  • Now to make your designs, take your toothpick and pull it through the design. Don’t start from the outer edge though as it tends to stick and mess up your design. What works for you will depend on how quickly you have worked in the steps leading up to this.
  • Always clean your toothpick between pulling it through your design as polish will stick to it.
  • Once you are happy with the design then place your nail into the water, I like to add my finger to the water at a 45 degree angle – I find this gives the best results.
  • Water marbling nail artWith your nail still in the water use your toothpick to clean the nail polish off the surface of the water.
  • You can remove the adhesive tape from your fingers now or carry on with your other nails.
  • Repeat until you’ve done all your nails.
  • Once completed just use a q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean off any excess nail polish from around your nails.
  • Apply a clear top coat, then sit back and marvel at your handy work!

I hope these instructions are easy for you to follow. Water marbling nail art can be a bit tricky at first but with a bit of practice the results are so worth it! If you are having issues with your marble nail art try following these tips.