I haven’t done a nail marble in a while and when my good girl friend Isabelle came over to watch movies and have some nail fun. She wanted to play with the Zoya jelly polishes and make “jelly sandwich” nails and I felt like marbling because it had been ages since I had.
I started with a white base on all my nails. I used “Paper Mache” by Fingerpaints. It required 2-3 coats for completely opaque coverage.
I wanted do use neutral colours and nothing too bright. So I actually opted for a black and silver. I used “Liquid Vinyl” by Orly as my black nail lacquer and “Platinum” from Mary Kay as my silver nail lacquer.
Using scotch tape you want to tape around your nails, exposing just the white and covering the skin about one-third of the way down your finger.
Using a small bowl (that you don’t care about ruining) fill it with room temperature water. I am using the bottom half of an old pop bottle. Given the dried drips down the side, you can see I reuse this all the time. Then, alternating each time, drop your polish into the centre of the water. Let each drop expand before dropping your next one. It should create a bullseye like pattern similar to this:
Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.
Then, simply dunk your finger in the water. Remember that your nail will pick up the exact pattern of wherever your nail makes contact with the design. If you are going for a specific design or pattern, you will likely only be able to do one nail at a time. Repeat for all nails, so your hand looks something like this. Also, don’t forget, that while your nail is submerged, use your toothpick to grab the extra “skin” of polish on the water before pulling out your finger.
Give them a few minutes to let them dry before removing the tape. Then simply clean up your fingers and skin with a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover.
Do you guys like how this nail marble turned out? Do you have a favourite colour combination for water marbling or something new you would like to see?
Thanks for reading everyone!
If you are completely new to marbling I have a more complete photo tutorial here.
Feeling like my nails have been neglected as of late, I decided to do a fun water marble last night. But rather than just random patterns, I opted for a design that would allow me to get a similar look on each nail.
Using Sexy in the City (blue polish by China Glaze) and Paper Mache (white polish from Fingerpaints) I came up with this:
If Nail Marbling is something new for you, please check out my nail marbling introduction here complete with lots of photos.
- In order to recreate this look you will need: scotch tape, a cup of room temperature water, toothpicks, white nail polish and a second contrasting polish of your choice.
- Prep your nails with two coats of your white polish.
- Scotch tape around your nails to make your life easier later.
- Begin dropping your polish into the water, alternating white and your second colour. Create a bullseye that looks something like this:
- Take a toothpick and create the design of your choice. For my burst design, drag your toothpick in towards the centre, creating an almost flower like shape. (If your centre gets super messy, take your toothpick and push it straight down into the centre and pull it back out, keeping your toothpick straight. This will clean up your centre.)
- Now, with your nail parallel to the surface of the water, hovering over the very centre of your design, push it down into the water. Then, using your toothpick clean up the rest of the polish from the surface of the water (leaving your finger submerged.)
- Once the surface of the water is clean, go ahead and bring your finger out of your water.
- Give your fingers a bit of time to dry before removing the tape. I like to do a complete hand before I remove the tape.
- Then, all you need to do is a little bit of clean up. Using a q-tip and a touch of nail polish remover, clean up the areas that your tape didn’t protect.
- Viola! A Burst of Blue manicure.