Nails of the Week: Water Marble - Nouchaline

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nails of the Week: Water Marble

My lovely reader Sareen from Ink On the Side posted this amazing nail art photo  on my facebook page wondering if I'd be able to do it. I'm a sucker for bright colors and fun nail tutorials so I youtubed/pinterested around trying to find out how to do it. There are a lot of great videos out there explaining how to do it. But it's a whole other thing when you try it out yourself. It took me a while to get it right, mainly because not all nail polishes are cooperative, and because I have a tendency to ruin my nails right after I've done them. 
The photos are a combination of two trials so the colors/patterns differ in the pictures :P  If you want to try this out, I warn you that it's a bit of a messy thing so make sure to cover ALL of your work surface with paper towels. I'd also suggest to try it out on one finger so that if it's a fail, it's easier to clean up. 
Conclusion, it's not that hard, but it takes a couple of tries to get the hang of it.  :)

Have you guys ever tried water marble nails?

What you'll need:

White nail polish, colorful nail polishes that won't sink ( Sally Hansen, Maybelline, Forever 21 nailpolish, and Sinful Colors worked best for me), scotch tape, cup (which you'll never use again for drinking), toothpicks, tissues/paper towels, base coat, top coat.

I also used a pink "Basketcase" by Orly.
1) Apply a coat of white nail polish after you've done your base coat.

2) Tape around your fingers, make sure that the tape sticks well but won't be too hard to take off later.

3) Drip your first color. It should spread in it, then drip another color. Keep dripping until you've done around 3 to 4 drips per color (the more colors, the less drips you need per color).

4) With your tooth pick, make sure that the side of the dripped polishes are secured to the walls of the cup.

5) Lightly draw your design.

6) Once you have your design, decide which part of the design you like best and dip two nails onto it (If you're using a bigger cup, you might be able to do 3 nails at the same time. If you're using a smaller one, then I advise that you do one nail at a time..)

7) With your toothpick, move the remaining polishes in the water aside.

8) Take your fingers out of the cup.
9) Wait for it to completely dry, take tape off.
10) Apply top coat and voila

Here's a video which I found that explains water marble pretty easily.

If any of you try it out, take a photo and show me :D


  1. That looks so awesome! I had no idea that's how it was done! I really have to try it some day. But it must have taken hours to do right?

    1. It didn't take that long. Tapping the fingers and figuring out which polish works was actually the most annoying part :P

  2. I have yet to try the marble nails ! Very nice job !

  3. This is really awesome! The print is gorgeous and it reminds me of pucci swirls :)

    1. yes ! You're right, they do look like Pucci swirls :D

  4. Love those nails! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Oh my! that is a lot of work!!!

  6. Those look freaking awesome!! I wasn't expecting that method at all, but you did a pretty fine job :-)

  7. Really awesome nail art. It has been done so differently.

    John from Store Hours

  8. You are very creative it


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