Water Marble Nail Art Tips

tips for water marble nail artSo, I’ve had people write in since my water marble nails tutorial post with a lot of questions. Rather than answer you all individually I thought I would add it to a post for everyone to see and benefit from. 🙂

Here’s My Water Marble Nail Art Tips

Always use a small glass or ceramic bowl or a drinking glass – don’t use plastic, paper or styrofoam bowls, with styrofoam the nail polish will start to eat away at it and it can get really messy! Also, once you have used the glass or bowl don’t use it again for eating or drinking purposes.

It is really important that the water temperature for marble nail art be about the same as the room that you are working in for this to work. If the water is too warm it might cause the polish to spread too much and if the water is too cold the polish will start to harden and won’t spread well.

nail polish used for water marble nailsYou can try this with tap water but it depends on how hard the water is in your area. I get my best results when I use bottled water. You can reuse the water over and over again so it doesn’t have to get expensive. If you want to work quickly it can be worth while setting up two bowls.

It is also really important to clean the polish from the bowl in between dipping each finger as residue nail polish can ruin your next design. If you don’t think the water is clean just add a few drops of nail polish and pull it to the edges of the bowl with a toothpick, then remove it from the water This should clear any remaining nail polish from the water and if that doesn’t work well, try starting again with some fresh water.

What Nail Polish to use for Water Marble Nail Art?

The best nail polish for water marbling is one that is quite runny, if it is too thick it won’t spread properly. Cheap and expensive polishes can work just as well as each other, I prefer to use cheap polishes and get rid of them. I hate to waste nail polish and if you’re the same as me you might like my post on how to use up all those cheap nail polishes you have lying around.

Here’s my list of nail polish used for water marble nails

  • OPI
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails
  • China Glaze
  • Orly
  • Sinful Colors
  • Elf

To be honest, there isn’t just one brand of nail art supplies that works, you will just have to try out what works best for you as every nail polish is different. There are many factors that will change how well your nail polish will work.

Avoid glitter and matte nail polish -they didn’t work at all for me. Also, I haven’t even attempted to do this with Konad Nail Polish as it is quite a thick – but it needs to be thick for when you do stamping nail art.

water temperature for marble nail artIf you only own thick nail polish you can try thinning your nail polish before you attempt this. You can thin nail polish by adding a bit of nail polish thinner.  Don’t use nail polish remover as it can ruin your nail polish forever!

I’ve had some people ask if you can attempt nail marbling without water, I’ve read that you can do it with lotion instead. I haven’t tried it but if you do succeed at this please send in your photos or instructions so I can share with the rest of the readers.

Water Marbling Nails Problems

If you are getting air bubbles on your nail try putting your nail in the water from a different angle, I find that a 45 degree angle with your finger tip touching the water first works best for me.

If you are having issues with taping up your nails, here is a great instructional youtube video.

If you find that your colors are coming out too light then try adding more nail polish into the water for each drop. To do this you allow the drop to come off the nail polish as it is almost touching the water as the water will pull more of the nail polish off the brush.

Never blow or shake your nails to dry them as you might end up ruining your designs. Trust me I’ve done it before!!

If you have any more tips for water marble nail art that you would like to share with the readers, please email me them or write in the comments and I will add them to this list.

Black on Black French Manicure

black on black French manicureOne very cool look that is a new take on French nails is the “Black on Black French Manicure”. I am seeing it all over the web and wanted to share with everyone how easy it is to recreate for yourself at home.

I’ve shown a great example of this classic French Manicure look in the picture above. I think it has the timeless classy look that most French manicures have but it also has a very edgy feel to it.

There are two different ways to complete these black French nails at home.

For both methods you will need the following:

  • Base and top coat of nail polish
  • Glossy black nail polish
  • Matte black nail polish or a matte magic nail polish as shown in the youtube nail art tutorial below. If you would like to buy the magic matte nail polish, I’ve provided a link to it here Matte Magic Nail Polish.

French Manicure Instructions

Black on Silver French Manicure

  • The way to complete this look is by applying your base coat, allow this to dry.
  • Apply two coats of your glossy black nail polish and allow to dry.
  • Apply a coat of your matte nail polish to the entire nail and allow to dry.
  • Now you can use French nail guides or tips to help you create the arc on your nails. Apply the glossy black nail polish to your tips.
  • Once all the nail polish has dried, apply a top coat. This will help protect your nails from chipping and you should be able to keep this design on your nails for at least a week.

I also found this great youtube tutorial video that is really helpful and shows you an easier way to get this look.

The product below is the matte magic nail polish that is used in the tutorial. It is a great product to add to your nail art supplies kit as you can use it to create matte nail polish from any nail polish colour.

Of course you’re not only limited to using black on black, you can try blue on blue French manicure, red French manicure or the very cool looking black on silver French manicure as shown in the picture above. Let your imagination run wild with this one.

If you are looking for more French manicure tips and ideas, read one of my previous posts that outline some more great ideas for you.

French Manicure At Home

As always, feel free to send in your photos if you would like to share your nail art creations with the rest of the readers of nailartsupplies.net


Nail Art Supplies UK

Nail Art Products UKWe are very thrilled to be able to offer our readers another coupon code for their nail art supplies online. Viva La Nails are a nail art supplies UK online store that offer quality products and great discounts. They’ve been operational since 2008 and are a trusted name for any nail art products.

They offer some fantastic deals with a 90% off sale section where the discounted products are changed on a daily basis. I’ve picked up specials on nail art stickers, nail polishes and rhinestones before.

Also, they have some great nail art tutorials and products reviews on the site. If you’re looking for tips on how to make your own acrylic flowers and some other cute creative nail art designs then you can find step by step easy to follow instructions.

If you’re unsure of what to buy you can have a look at the product reviews section or you can have a live chat with one of the team to discuss your needs. The staff at Viva La Nails pride themselves on providing great customer service.

Nail Products UK

Una Pecatti, the founder of Viva La Nails is a qualified nail technician. She knows which products work well and offers her knowledge to the buyers on her website. They have a great selection of nail art products. The stock nail art stickers, brushes, polishes, acrylics, nail art stamping kits, nail art dotting tools, 3D nail art, professional nail art supplies and a lot more.

If you live in Europe you’ll love the free shipping on any order over £25. All orders are shipped the next working day ensuring fast delivery times. For any international orders you only need to spend £50 to receive free shipping. If you can’t make the minimum spend requirement, shipping costs are quite reasonable at £2.95. If you buy in bulk and spend over £150 in one order you will be eligible for wholesale savings.

At the time of writing of this all buyers were receiving a free gift with every purchase made. Bonus!

Japanese Nail Art Designs

japanese nail art designsJapanese nail art designs are known for being a bit whacky and out there. Japan’s beauty and nail art culture is renowned worldwide for being “cute”.

As you can see from the Japanese nail art pictures that I’ve included in this post, 3D nail art is synonymous with nail art design in Japan. To get this look it is as simple as using Japanese nail art stickers, nail art decals, 3D nail art or finding some kawaii nail art designs. Kawaii is Japanese for cute!

nail art supplies japaneseIf you want to create Japanese nail art it isn’t always necessary to pay for professional nails designs. You can buy Japanese nail art online or come up with your own designs at home.

It can be as simple as making some freehand nail art designs and adding some rhinestones or nail art dangles to create your own unique 3D nail art. You can use nail art stickers designs instead if you aren’t feeling creative. Crazy Japanese nail art doesn’t have to be difficult to create if you’re not the artistic type.

Japanese nail art pictures

The main aspect of Japanese nail art designs is to be artistic and cute. Not all nail art designs in Japan are 3D designs. I’ve included a nail art tutorial at the bottom of this post that shows you how to make some simple Japanese inspired nail art with cute and easy Panda nails.

Check out the cute toe nail art with this Minnie Mouse Japanese Nail Art tutorial below. Such an easy design to recreate and it doesn’t take too much skill or time to do it.

Nail Art Supplies Japanese

japanese nail artIf you are looking for a nail art shop that specialises in Japanese nail arts then you should check out TanaNail. They have some great products and have a $5 flat fee for shipping anywhere worldwide.

TanaNail stock Japanese 3D nail art supplies, Japanese nail stickers, nail charms and fimo slices. They do stock other products and are not only a Japanese nail arts stockist. I think they are one of the best places to look for funky nail art designs if you can’t afford to go to Japan – and not many of us can afford to do that!

Born Pretty aren’t known for stocking Japan nails art products but they are probably the cheapest nail art store online. If you are new to making your own nail art Japanese designs and you can’t afford the hefty price tag that normally goes with this level of nail art – then visit the Born Pretty store.

bornprettyBorn Pretty are a good online nail art store to use if you are just starting out, especially if you don’t want to spend too much on your nails. They offer free shipping with no minimum spend.

Here’s a nail art tutorial showing you how to make Japanese kawaii nails that are really easy to do and won’t take you all day. It isn’t your usual 3D Japanese nails but you can see 3D nail art tutorials on one of my previous posts.


French Manicure At Home

Black French ManicureFrench Manicures are a timeless classic when it comes to nails designs. They look sophisticated and are easy to perform once you know how to. The look is very classy and is simple nail art on short nails, long, whether you have an oval, square or rounded shape to your nails. It is easy to see why they are the most requested look at nail salons. These basic nail designs will never go out of fashion and is a good alternative for those who like mellow nail art.

The origin of French Manicures is difficult to place. Some believe it was created in Paris in the 1930s and other sources say it was created in the US and given the name “French” to sound exotic. It remains a mystery.

What is French Manicure?

It is also referred to as French Nails. It is where the nails are given a nude or pink base coat and a contrasting white tip over the natural white tips of the nail bed. The results are a very understated look that is timeless and will go with any outfit you wear. The youtube French nails video at the bottom of the page will provide you with a French nails tutorial and I will provide you with step by step instructions for your DIY French Manicure.

French Art Nails

Colored French tip nails, red French tip nails, blue French nails, black French nails and pink French tip nails are all easy French nails designs you can do at home. They do not differ in application from the regular variety but still require a steady hand to apply the strip of color along the whites of your nails.

American French Manicure Vs French Manicure

The difference between these manicures is that the American variety use more of a natural color for the base of the nail rather than a light pink.

Here is your nail art equipment list to apply your cute French tip nail designs;

  • Cotton wool
  • Nail polish remover
  • Small bowl of warm water
  •  Hand towel
  • Hand cream or moisturiser
  • Cotton tipped applicators or q-tips
  • Kitchen towel
  • Manicure set containing cuticle stick, nail buffer, emery board, nail clippers and scissors
  • Clear base coat of nail polish
  • Top coat of nail polish
  • French Manicure set or buy the following separately
  • Nude color nail polish
  • Opaque white color for tips of nails or whichever color you decide to paint them

How to French Manicure at Home?

Easy French Nails

To get started you need to prepare your nails in a well ventilated room and give yourself plenty of time so you can relax and not complete a rushed job. I always like to place a hand towel on the surface I will be using so as not to drip nail polish or remover and ruin a good table!

  • Remove any nail polish from your nail beds with cotton balls soaked in nail polish remover. Dependent on the type of nail polish you have been using with determine whether you use an acetone or a non-acetone based remover.
  • Cut and file your nails to your desired shape with a fine grade emery board. Remember to only file in the one direction as filing back and forth can weaken the nails.
  • Buff your nails.
  • Soak your hands in some warm water to soften your cuticles.
  • Dry your hands with the kitchen towel.
  • Push back your cuticles with the cuticle stick.
  • Moisturise your hands and if your skin is really dry, wrap your hands in a warm towel so the moisturiser soaks in.
  • Use a cotton applicator tip soaked in nail polish remover to remove any remnants of moisturiser from your nail bed.
  • Once you are sure your nails are dry and clean you can apply your clear base coat.
  • Allow time for your base coat to dry, if you don’t have much time consider using a nail dryer.
  • Once the base coat has dried, apply your white tips or your colored French tips.
  • For square French tip nails – paint a straight line across the top of your nails.
  • For rounded tips – follow the natural curve of your nail.
  • For an accentuated curved tip – paint from the corners of your nail to the centre making an arc.
  • Once the tips are dry, paint over the entire nail with a sheer pink coat.
  • Finish off the look with a top coat to protect your nails from chipping.

 French Nail Art Ideas and Tips

colored french manicuresCute French tip nail designs can be achieved by combining different nail art designs with this classic look. It is possible to create easy French manicure designs by using stamping nail art over the nail or apply a freehand nail design with nail art pens. Applying different colored French manicures is a way to ensure your nails designs look modern and fun.

If you don’t have a steady hand you can brush outwards with small brush strokes instead of trying to paint across the nail, this is usually easier. Or buy a French Manicure set with guides for painting the tips. The Sally Hansen French manicure kit is good value for money and easy to use.

Applying a top coat to your nails every couple of days, will ensure your nails designs stays on your nails. You can always make touch ups to your nails by using a nail art pen. Even with a limited nail art supplies kit it is possible to create a beautiful French manicure.

I’ve written a post with instructions and a youtube tutorial on how to do Black on Black French nails.

Shellac French polish nails are a good way to ensure your manicure will last for weeks on end.

This French manicure at home video shows you how you can create cute French nails with stamping nail art.

If you are looking to buy some nail art tools and products to complete your French Manicure, take a look at some of the specials at Amazon at the moment.