Sunday, February 3, 2013

February Challenge: Water Marble

February Challenge Day 3: Water Marble

I don't know what it is about water marbling, but after I had a really frustrating go at it in December, I just haven't been that motivated to do what used to be my favorite nail art technique! However, doing one for the challenge reminded me of how much fun they can be when you have the right polish for the job! I've had the best luck marbling when I use creme polishes or cheaper shimmer polishes. For this manicure I used Sally Hansen Pumping Iron and Tough Love. Here's the process of water marbling through pictures:

1. Fill a disposable cup with luke warm water. Add a little nail polish remover to the water. Alternate dropping your polish colors into the water until you're left with a bullseye: 

Water Marble Tutorial

2. NOT PICTURED: Tape the skin around your nail with scotch tape (you can see this in step 5).

3. Using a orange stick, drag the polish into a design you like. I always pull toward the middle from the outside to create this type of shape:

Water Marble How To

4. Position your finger, nail down, over a spot on the design you like. Then, dip your nail into the water so that your nail touches the surface horizontally. 

Water Marble Tutorial

5. Use your orange stick to pull out the leftover polish before you pull your finger out of the water. Viola! (See the tape?)

Water Marble Tutorial

6. Allow your nail to dry and then pull the tape off of your nail. Clean any excess polish off of your skin using Precision Tip Q-tips, a nail polish remover pen, or an eyeliner brush dipped in remover. Enjoy! :)

Water Marbled Nails

Water Marble Manicure

Sally Hansen

A reminder of what the challenge looks like:

11 comments:

  1. You make it look so easy! All my attempts have been total disasters. Why do you add nail polish remover to the water?

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    1. Honestly, I feel like it keeps the nail polish from drying out too quickly while I create my design. I also feel like it helps the polish spread out more. This could totally just be my imagination though! :)

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    2. I might have to try this! Every time I water marble, the polish dries too quickly :P

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  2. These turned out stunning! I am too scared to try water marbeling! lol.

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    1. Thanks! You should give it a try! It's more intimidating than it has to be! :)

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  3. Love this Heather! Question though, did you put a base color on your nails before marbling?

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    1. Yes, Alex, I did! I had one coat of Pumping Iron on to begin! Thanks for reminding me! :)

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  4. Wow what a great combo! Love this water marble :)

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