Water Marbling Your Nails

30 Jun

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fun techniques in every aspect of beauty. This nail look is exciting, unique, and will make you the feel like the nail expert among all your friends. Water marbling is a nail polish technique that leaves your nails decorated with cool designs that you create yourself, using a cup of water, a stick(orange sticks and kabob skewers work great,) scotch tape, paper towels, and easy to drip nail polish (the runnier your nail polish, the easier it drip.) These steps will show how easy it is to have beautiful and unique nails to accompany all your summer fun.

Note:  Make sure to have all your materials ready before you begin. You may also paint a solid colored base coat for an even polished effect.

Step 1: Use scotch tape to cover the skin around each of your nails. Be careful not to cover any part of your nail or you will have an unpolished spot. This prevents your fingers from being covered in nail polish while you do your nails and also allows for easier clean up.

Step 2: Shake and open the nail polishes you plan to use. It’s best to use multiple colors for a better effect. Also, when choosing your nail polish, remember the more you use, the more difficult it is, and neon and bright polishes need more layers.

Step 3: Using the colors you’ve chosen, place one drop of the first color into the water. It will spread out in the water and create its own ring. Next, drip another drop of a different color nail polish inside of the ring, creating a bull’s eye effect. You can make as many rings as you please, but remember the polish dries quickly.

Step 4: Once you have your desired amount of polish rings, take your stick and create a pattern in the water polish. The design can be whatever you want.

Step 5: After your design is complete, dip your finger into the water, nail side down, so that the design you want can coat your nail.

Step 6: Using the stick, pull away any excess polish and remove your finger out of the water. There may be polish on your skin or the tape, but it can be easily cleaned off later. Continue with each nail, and after finishing, wait a few minutes for your nails to dry to remove tape and clean off any nail polish that got on your skin, using a Q-tip and nail polish remover.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this beauty tip brought to you by Scentsa Beauty, where everything just makes Scentsa! If you have a great beauty tip you’d like to share with us send us an email at Beauty@scentsa.com.


8 Responses to “Water Marbling Your Nails”

  1. MIa November 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I Tryed And It Didnt Work.What did i do wrong?

    • scentsa December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

      Water marbling can be difficult the first time. Make sure to dip your nails into the water quickly after you add the polish because it dries quickly. If its still not working try looking it up on Youtube you’ll find some great tutorials. Good Luck!

      • MIa December 2, 2011 at 2:04 am #

        Okay Thank You:)

  2. maddie August 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    do you have to use tape?

    • scentsa August 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

      No, but it prevents a big mess

      • maddie August 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

        oh ok i just tried it and it wasn’t working right, so is there a certain tempeture for the water,and does it have to be a certian nail polish brand?

      • scentsa August 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

        As long as the water isn’t too hot the brand of polish shouldn’t matter, but it possible some aren’t as easy to work with. Be sure you don’t wait to long to dip your finger in, as the polish can dry very quickly especially if its old.


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