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Easy Water Marble Nail Art Technique

Water marble nail art using four bright color nail polishes

Water marble nail art using four bright color nail polishes

Nails Add to Attraction

These days, nail art is high in trend and fashion, and girls always search for something new to add-on to their looks. Us girls always want to look attractive. We can see there are several nail art salons and professionals. Their work is just mind blowing.

Yeah, it is true that you can’t apply such professional nail art home, but I have something special for you and I am sure that you girls will love it. How about water marble nail art? I know many of you have seen tutorials of this technique on YouTube and are rushing to try it. Unfortunately, you may end up with no result. It even happened with me. I brought several expensive nail paints for this nail art, but no result, just disappointment. It is true that this nail art technique requires a lot of practice, but at the same time, it requires the right technique. I am going to show you a step-by-step water marble nail art tutorial.


First of all, you need to collect few things.

  • A glass or paper cup full of filtered water at room temperature.
  • Toothpick or orange stick.
  • Two or three different color nail polish.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Paper or plastic tape.

Step 1

Now take some filtered water in a glass. Water should be at room temperature. If you take chilled water, then nail polish will not spread perfectly. Also, if you take warm water, then nail polish circles will break while you're designing.

Step 2

Cover your finger with tape. This will help in removing extra nail polish outside your nails. You can also use petroleum gel. Just apply it on your finger, not nails. Be sure to clean your nail with remover and apply white nail polish. It will help in brightening up the colors of other nail polishes. You can use fake nails for practice.

Step 3

Here is the main tip. Add four or five drops of nail polish remover in the water. It will help in nail polish spreading. You can take any nail polish in this nail art. The only thing you need to consider is that it must be thin enough that nail polish drops can easily fall within a second.


Step 4

Now start dropping nail polish drops in the water glass. I have taken only two nail polishes for ease. You have to perform this step with speed. Otherwise, nail polish will dry up and you will end up disappointed. So speed up!!!


Step 5

Once you are done with spreading nail polish in the glass, you can start making designs with a toothpick. I have an easy trick for this step. Check the picture.


Step 6

Now put your finger in the water. Remember to keep your nail horizontal. Otherwise, the results will not be so good and your nail will not cover the design. Keep your finger in water for few seconds and remove the extra nail polish with the toothpick. Take your finger out of water and see your professional-looking nail art.


Step 7

You can apply a top coat on your water marble effect. It will add shine to your nail art and can help make it last long. In the beginning, I would like to suggest trying this on fake nails. You can also make some trials on a plastic sheet.


If you are fantasized to be trendy and love nail art, then you must follow these simple tips and try this nail art.


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Vi kind Las Vegas. on May 04, 2017:

I'm just now getting into it , but it looks amazing , so I'm going to keep trying.

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on February 05, 2016:

I use China Glaze.Basically, you need a nail polish that is thin enough to put drops in water. New nail polishes work good for water marbling. You need to check the thickness of nail polish before buying it.

swathi on February 05, 2016:

but what nail polish to use for nail marbling?

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on July 19, 2015:

#manu check for an alternative nail polish brand. As I mentioned in the post, that for me china glaze nail polishes worked best. so, try different brands for it.

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on June 15, 2015:

cooll.... do share your nail art pics with me...

jasmine on June 09, 2015:

Im going to try this

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on May 22, 2015:

check your nail polish once. Is it thin enough that the nail polish drips fast?

bailey allen on May 04, 2015:

My nail polish marble didn't work I used opi nail polish and acetone before the nail polish didn't move just stayed at the bottom

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on March 25, 2015:

There is no specific brand. You just need to ask for water marble nail polishes.

piyu on March 23, 2015:

Hii...water marble special nail polish means .. can u name the brand???

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on February 03, 2015:

Kaili: it all depends upon the nail polish you are using. Maybe you added nail polish thinner in it, that's why it is drying instantly after hiting water. You can also try adding acetone in water before putting nail polish drops in it. Try water marble special nail polish. Their formula is designed for water marble.

Kaili on February 03, 2015:

The first time I tried this, it worked great! Then I tried it a second time and as soon as the polish hit the water, it spread. What am I doing wrong?

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on September 10, 2014:

#amy... thanks for the suggestion. The thing is walmart and dollar is not available in India. Anyhow, some nail polishes are specially designed for water marble are available now!!

amy on September 09, 2014:

I have found that the pure ice brand of Polish from Walmart works extremely well. And colors from the dollar general that are a dollar.

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on July 10, 2014:

Thanks @Hani for your appreciation :)

Hani on July 10, 2014:

Your tips are quite helpful .. Thanksss

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on December 19, 2013:

@tirath... first of all, you need special nail polish for water marble. If it is not available in your area then you need to find thin nail polishes, those drops fall easily. You can check it. then you can add some thinner in water so that nail polish spread easily. you can try china glaze polish or OPI. These brands work easily. Lukily I got some local nail polishes those spread in water easily. Do start with 2 nail polisg in beginning and drop nail polish with a little speed.

Tirath on December 18, 2013:

Can u tell me how to put all the nail polish in to the water because I am trying it's impossible please I need ur help when u get my msg please reply as soon as possible thanks...

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on November 03, 2013:

thats great :)

divya on November 03, 2013:

I used doab which is a local nail polish

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on October 13, 2013:

@divya Its nice to hear that you succeed in water marble technique. Can you share what nail polish you used?

divya on October 13, 2013:

finally, i have succeed in doing water marble nail art . thanks

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on August 10, 2013:

Sorry we are providing nail art courses but you can checkout our blog We have shared numerous DIY nail art techniques those you can create at home with ease.

We have also listed some required DIY nail art products. You can buy them online from ebay India (if you are in India).

divya on August 09, 2013:

is there any courses for nail art

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on August 08, 2013:

Luckily I got these local nail polishes in the market and they worked well for water marble. Unfortunately, they worked only once. As they were local, they get thick after sometime.

sriya on August 08, 2013:

which nail polish you have used

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on August 08, 2013:

@Divya I understand it is quite irritating when nail polish do not spread or it just dry before making design. Believe I had tried numerous different nail polish brand and numerous tries before I get the result.

Even I dropped the idea of water marble many times but whenever I watch any video on it I get urgue to try it.

First of all, you need thin nail polish. You can try with new nail polishes. Do not use fast drying nail polish. They will never work for water marble. Also, you can add few drops of nail polish remover in your nail polish and make it thin enough that drops fall easily, but do not add too much nail polish remover.

If possible try to use OPI, Sally hansen, china glaze or Essie nail polish, they will work for sure, but they are a little expensive.

So, you just need to try different nail polishes. Just make sure they are thin and new.

+9++99* on August 07, 2013:

tell fast the reply

divya on August 06, 2013:

it is not spreading why tell me the reason i tried so many time but it is not spreading