If you’re a fan of nail art, you must have already heard the term ‘water marble’. But if you’re a beginner and you’re still learning the finer nuances of nail art, then this is a tutorial tailor-made for you! I am so glad that we have entered a new era of nail art which makes everything that looks easy to actually be easy. If you’ too are excited for this easy breezy water marble nail art tutorial, then just simply scroll down!
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What you’ll need:
A small sized bowl filled with water (the water should be at room temperature else it wouldn’t work)
Nail polish remover
Tissues (lots and lots of it)
Nail polishes of your choice
Cotton swabs or Q-tips
A pair of safety scissors
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How to proceed: Begin by filling a small bowl with some water at room temperature. Leave it aside for 15-20 minutes to get the correct temperature. Prep your nails by applying some clear gloss or protective base coat and then paint them white (this is optional).
Next, you need to protect your nails, cuticles and the skin around it, so use some pieces of Cello tape and stick it around your fingers as shown in the picture. Make sure to cover as much skin as possible. Stick one piece around your finger close to the cuticle and another piece covering the sides (see pic).
Choose your nail paints making sure the colours complement each other (for instance, red and white, green and orange, etc).
Now for the interesting part! You need to add droplets of your nail paints into the bowl of water that you kept aside. You can start by adding any colour to begin with but it’s recommended to add the lighter colour first. Add two droplets of the first colour by taking your nail paint brush close to the water (making sure not to dip the brush in) and let two drops fall gently on the surface of the water. Make sure to add the drops right in the centre. You’ll notice that the drops immediately spread on the surface of the water. If they don’t spread out, either your water is cool (which is causing the nail paint to dry as soon as it falls in the water) or it’s too thick. In the latter case, you can take a toothpick and carefully twirl it around the edges of the bowl making sure not to touch the nail paint with it. This will ensure that the nail paint spreads evenly on the surface of the water.
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Being swift with this process is important; so once you’ve added the first two drops of the first colour, add one drop of the second colour right in the center of the first. Let it spread, then add one drop of the first. This way, to begin with, you need to add two drops of the first colour and then proceed to add one drop of the second and one of the first, and then repeat this until you have multiple rings and you can’t add any more drops of nail paint to the bowl. You can twirl the water around the nail paint to help spread the colours evenly, but be sure not to touch the colours or you’ll mess it up.
The next step also needs to be done quickly but carefully. Taking a toothpick, gently place it on the outer third ring and drag it slowly towards the centre, as shown in the picture. This will make a wavy pattern on the rings. Repeat this until you have a pattern that you like. Doesn’t it look pretty!
Now, carefully dip your cello-taped finger on that place on your pattern, that you like the most. Your nail should be dipped in at a 45 degree angle. Then, with your finger still in the water, use a clean and dry Q-tip and scoop up the un-used nail paint pattern. Remove your nail from the bowl carefully and wait for a few seconds to let it dry.
Now you can remove the Cello tape using the safety scissors to cut through it. Clean any untidy nail with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover, and voila! There’s your easy breezy water marble nail art. Don’t forget to add a top coat of protective clear gloss over your nail art.
What are you waiting for, get creative and make as many patterns as you want!