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.
It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked. So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.
Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.
I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out. I found it, just “okay”. I blame it on my being rusty! But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.
To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints. I did two coats and let dry.
Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.
For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze. (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)
I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white). My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:
Using a toothpick I created a design.
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.
Samira’s visit from Brazil made nail marbling mandatory. She had never tried it before, so we decided it was definitely time! Her nails turned our really well for someone who had never done it before. Let’s take a look at what she used:
She started out by painting a white base using China Glaze’s White on White Nail Polish.
Next step would be taping around your nails with scotch tape. Once ready, you start dropping the polishes into the water, alternating colours and creating rings.
Keep repeating this process until you have several rings and your water looks something like this:
Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.
Once you have a design you are happy with, get ready to dunk your finger in. If you want, feel free to dunk more than one finger at once.
Repeat for all your fingers, remove the tape once dry and enjoy the finished look!
I thought she really did a fantastic job for her first try and she only had to redo one finger! (Much better than my first attempt!) She is definitely now an expert and can teach all of her friends back home in Brazil.
So with the record breaking beautiful weather we had been having this March, I was inspired to do a Spring Time Nail Marble. I went with bright colours this time to try to capture all the sunshine we’d been receiving here in Ottawa.
To start out, I used a basecoat to prevent the yellow from staining my nails. I then painted all my nails with two coats of Orly’s Hook Up Nail Polish.
***I chose to do a yellow base for this nail marble because I wanted the colours to show up very bright and vibrant. Giving them a bright yellow background to lay on top of, does just that. Please keep in mind that you will have to adjust your base depending on what colours you use. For example: purple on top of yellow might end up looking sort of brown. You can always use white to be safe, but it can also lighten the colours a bit and almost wash them out in a sense. When in doubt, experiment and find a combination that works for you!***
Once dry, I taped around my nails with scotch tape and was ready to start my nail marbling in the water. Here is a look at one of the designs:
The polishes used are:
Green – Paper Chasing by China Glaze
Blue – Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue
Yellow – Orly’s Hook Up (same as the base used above)
Here is a look at some of my nails before the removal of the scotch tape:
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas than I hope you had a very merry whatever you celebrate. 🙂
About a week before Christmas my fiance was blindsided by his best man and a groomsman and whisked away to Vegas for a surprise bachelor party. He thought they were going to Mt. Tremblant in Quebec for a fun, but simple get away. He had an hour to repack his bag and they were off to the airport. Pretty amazing of them! And I couldn’t have been happier for him. Having known about this all along, I made plans to head to Montreal and stay with the Best Man’s girlfriend. It’s only a two hour drive from Ottawa, so I grabbed a girlfriend of my own and we were off to have a girls weekend. For any guys reading this….no, we didn’t strip down and have a pillow fight in our underwear. We did our nails, we went shopping, played with makeup, went out to a movie and we hung around playing Super Mario Bros. (all fully dressed)
I brought my nail kit and the four of us girls marbled our nails. Even though this technique is all over the internet and I mean ALL OVER, there are still people that haven’t heard of it or seen it before.
So needless to say the four of us girls had a lot of fun, made a mess and ended up with beautiful nails in the process. Let me show you how to venture into the world of nail marbling.