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Monday, 6 February 2012

Water Marble Effect Nail Art

Hello everyone :)

I have been considering trying out water marble nails for ages, but the process seemed so messy and time consuming that Ive always put it off - But today, I jumped straight in and gave it ago. (But I was right, its very messy and very time consuming!)

Before starting, you will need to choose at least 2-3 of your favourite nail polish colours. I went for red (nails inc), pink (accessorize) and purple (barry m), and give your nails a good base colour, I choose white as it helps the other colours stand out more.

Fill a bowl with room temperature water. It cant be too hot or too cold as it effects the way the polish reacts, so make sure this right before you proceed. You really dont want to have to start all over again!

An important tip is to cover all around your nails with tape. This ensures that they dont get covered in nail polish (and believe me they will!) and that you spend hours trying to clean them up.

Heres the fun part - Add little droplets of your polish into the water, one by one, mixing and matching with the colours.

Using a toothpick, gently pull from the middle of the circle dragging outwards. The outta edges of the polish is already dry (strange that the polish is dry while in water, but it is!) so make sure you always drag from the middle.

You can create whatever design you fancy!

Insert your fingers into the bowl, one by one and leave for about 30 seconds. With the toothpick collect the rest of the polish around the finger and then gently remove your finger from the bowl...

As you can see from the above picture, it really is a messy process, as this needs to be repeated for each nail, so will take up some time.

Once all nails are done, they should turn out something like this (probably completely different, but you get the jist!) My little finger went abit wrong :( but over-all Im pretty pleased with them.

left hand

right hand
I have found this design tricky but the good thing is, there is no right or wrong way. It is however, time consuming and messy so its a design that you would only want to do now and again, so unfortunatly not practical.

I love the fact that every time you do this it will be unique and it would be good to mix and match the polishes you rarely use!

Have you tried water marble before? How did you find it? Let me know if/when you try it out, Id love to see your designs!!

Lots of love,


  1. Wow! They look so awesome!!! great work!

  2. I love the colours and the design, but like you said too time consuming and messy! You done a great job with them!!!

  3. oh my god this is amazing! I really want to do this, but I'm so clumsy I know I'll mess it up!! xx

  4. They look lovely! I fancy giving it a go but it's going to have to be done on a weekend I think.

  5. Wow, love this. Popping on my blog post about cool, complex nail looks. :)