Water Marble Nail Art Tutorial

  1. What you need: base coat, top coat, several colors of polish, masking tape (or liquid latex), scissors, cup, water, q-tips, thin tip dotting tool (or a safety pin/paper clip), polish remover, brush, a mat/cardboard/newspaper underneath (not pictured).
  2. File nails down to desired length. This keeps them healthy.
  3. Apply a base coat. This is so important!! It protects your nail. I like OPI Natural Nail Base Coat. Wait for it to dry.
  4. Apply one coat of a light color. I usually use white (this is Essie's Blanc). Wait for it to dry. Then wait even longer.
  5. Here's the tricky part: applying the masking tape. If you have liquid latex, that's great! But I don't. I use two pieces of tape for each nail. The first goes around underneath the nail and on the sides.
  6. Here's what it looks like from the back. I then fold over the open parts of the tape.
  7. Next, apply the second piece across the bottom of the nail, right underneath the cuticle (as close as you can get.)
  8. Do this for all your nails on both hands. If you do one at a time, you will ruin it. It is, admittedly, not comfortable.
  9. Next, take your three colors for the design. I'm using the same Blanc as earlier, as well as In the Cab-Ana and Licorice. You want to use fairly new polishes that aren't super thick. I have found that glittery/iridescent polishes don't work as well. You'll want to shake the colors and open all three because the next steps move very quickly.
  10. Start placing one drop of each color into the water-filled cup. I usually use small bathroom cups because the polish will stick to glass. Each of the drops should expand. You want to move quickly though, so the polish doesn't start to dry.
  11. I usually use three colors and do two rounds of the three (six drops each). It helps to hold the brush at an angle to get the drops to fall more easily.
  12. Then, you'll take your thin dotting tool/safety pin and start making your design! You can do whatever you want, but you generally want to pull the layers through each other, either in or out.
  13. You can swirl them or whatever!
  14. Stop when you're happy with the pattern.
  15. Then, stick your masking tape-covered finger straight down into whatever section of the pattern you like. This is the only step I don't have a photo of because it's too complicated to do and take a picture of at the same time. You'll want to do one or maybe two fingers per design.
  16. Leave your finger(s) where thy are, and then take a Q-tip and swirl up the extra polish. (Again, nail not featured for the aforementioned reason. I only have two hands!)
  17. Swirl up as much of the polish as you can.
  18. If you don't get most of it up with the Q-tip, it will ruin your design when you pull your fingers out of the water.
  19. Here's some still-wet nails. Although they're water-wet, the design itself is pretty dry.
  20. Peel off the masking tape and clean up extra polish on the skin with a brush and some polish remover.
  21. Repeat the design steps for the remaining fingers, one design for every 1-2 fingers. You may have to get a fresh cup and fresh water several times throughout
  22. Once all nails have designs, apply a top coat (I like OPI) and let it dry!
  23. Here's the other hand!
  24. Please let me know if you have any questions, or want any other tutorials! I have a few others I've done on here as well 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻