Top Tips For Achievable and Mess Free Water Marble Nail Art

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Let’s dip our toes back into this Nail Art Masterclass Series and tackle the terror of water marble nail art! I adore a good water marble, but detest the complete and utter mess it creates. But what if I told you that you can achieve this method of nail art with minimal mess, maybe even with no mess at all? Thats right peeps, today we are going to learn all the top tips for not only achieving a water marble design, but for a mess free water marble design! Let’s get cracking…

What you will need:

  • A small tub of water - you could use a cleaned out yogurt pot or other container that you don’t mind getting polish on

  • A mat / surface cover to work on

  • A large stamper

  • Cotton rounds

  • A toothpick or small dotting tool

  • Base and Top coats

  • A selection of complimenting colours, for this post I use three - a white, a black, and a red

Step 1 - The Base

Yep, you guessed it! Pop that trusty base coat on and wrap it around the nail tip. As always I use my absolute favourite, One For All by Leighton Denny. To find out more about why this is my favourite base coat, check out my previous posts in this series!

Step 2 - Apply your base colour

I would recommend using a white base as it could help to make any lighter colours you’ve chosen to use for your water marble really pop and stand out - especially neons. Also, if you happen to have any little breaks in your design, a white background is going to look more pleasing to the eye than a natural nail peeking on through.

You will notice that for this post I’m using all Barry M colours, these were sent to me for previous collaborations. Anyway, the white that I’m using here is ‘Cotton’. I used two coats and allowed to dry.

Apologies for the dry cuticles in the photos for now, I promise that the finished product will showcase some thoroughly hydrated cuticles!

Step 3 - Time to Water Marble

This is a pretty big step, so bare with me…

Move your tub of water in front of you, along with your chosen colours and toothpick/dotting tool. I’ve heard many different variations as to what temperature your water should be, I have just used cold tap water which was left to sit a little bit whilst I gathered my products and painted my nails white.

Decide which order you would like your colours to go in, sit them that way in front of you and leave the lids loose for easier access throughout the process…

As mentioned before I’m using only three colours (as a beginner this may be the best choice for you too), red, black and white.

Let a drip of your first colour drop into the water, then drip your next colour on top of that, then finally a drip of your last colour. Keep repeating this step until you are satisfied that you have enough rings of colour to work with…

TOP TIP: Don’t worry if the rings are wonky and imperfect, you can still achieve a fun and funky design. Don’t give up yet - go with the flow.

Now you are going to need your dotting tool or toothpick as its time to create a design. There are some super talented people out there who can create perfect shapes and replicate them for each nail, I’m unfortunately not one of them haha! But to be honest I actually love how each of my nails will look different, I think it makes for a more interesting finish.

Its easier to work your tool from the inside out, but don’t be afraid to experiment with moving your tool left to right, right to left, up and down!

TOP TIP: Make sure that each time you remove the tool from the water you wipe it clean onto a cotton round before putting back in. If you don’t do this, the polish may all collect and bunch up, ruining your design.

Once you are happy with the water marble, grab your stamper and gently pick it up. Literally just dip it into the water and lift slowly…

Allow the polish to dry a little onto the stamper.

What I choose to do next may be different to most, but I find it to be super helpful, and allow a little more time to perfect the look. As with reverse stamping, I grab my One For All polish which I used for my base coat, and apply a thin coat of it over the water marble. You could use a clear polish - not a quick dry one though.

Allow it to dry down a little, maybe let it get to that tacky stage, then roll the design over your nail.

Carefully press down the water marble over your nail, then remove the excess. You could use a pair of nail scissors - but go easy, don’t be nipping the skin! I also like to go around the edges with a cleanup brush and acetone to get a nicely rounded and finished look.

Repeat this process for each nail that you would like a design on…

Step 4 - Add any finishing touches, a topcoat, and cuticle oil

For this manicure I decided to use my two middle fingers as the accent nails, and leave the outer nails plain white. However I felt that a little something extra was needed, so I used a dotting tool to add a couple of dots as finishing touches ..

Of course you could have every nail water marbled if you so wished, just get creative and personalise your look.

Once you’re happy with the overall design, pop on your favourite topcoat, today I used Seche Vite, then quench the skins thirst with a cuticle oil/cream.

That’s all there is to it! If you are wanting to create this kind of design on your nails it’s always best to allow yourself plenty of time. It’s not a process that you can rush through, especially if you’re a newbie to it. Once you’ve played around with water marbling you will be able to start perfecting different designs, but the best thing is - every manicure will be different and unique.

What do you think of the end result? Will you be trying out this method for yourself?

Thank you for reading, I hope this has been a helpful post,

Love, Leanne Xx