I'm really having a hard time doing the water marbling with my sister. Do you have any tips, like maybe the shape of the hollow bowl (haha this sounds silly) or the brand of the nail polish? Because every time we do it, either the polish dries too quickly or it doesn't spread AT ALL. Thank you veyr much! :D
I always use something pretty small. I use a dixie cup or a shot glass, but I have seen others use a paper cup (12 oz or something around there) and cut it in half so it’s not so high. Just make sure whatever you decide to use, you don’t mind it getting ruined. It should be about an inch or 2 in diameter.
As for the polish that can be a bit of a hit or miss. I have found that most Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes work and they are only $2-3. Wet n Wild also have worked for me in the past and are also around $2. That way you aren’t wasting your expensive polish.
Glitter polishes have never worked for me. :( They immediately dry in the water and are impossible to make designs with.
I hope this helps! My only other tip would be to work quickly while adding the drops of polish. Only leave about 15 seconds between drops or it may dry too quickly. I think that’s a good time estimate.. I’ve never actually timed it so you may have a little bit longer but not much. lol
You want to keep your nail parallel with the water so your nail bed is right above the water basically. Then once you are ready to dunk your finger, you straighten your finger out in a flicking gesture. That way the design looks the same way on your nail as it did in the water :)
Be sure to keep your finger in the water until you have collected all the excess polish :)
Do you use the monad stamper? If so, any recommendations?
Hii, I actually haven’t used any konad stampers. They are definitely on my wish list. I know you can buy them at the Born Pretty Storefor really cheap though. From the reviews I have read they work pretty well. I’ve had my eye on this 16 piece stamping kit for only $18.
If you try them out let me know how it goes! I will probably be buying them in the next few months!
thank you for sending me the link. I tried this but when i let the nail polish drip, instead of making a ring like you said they all made blobs that just floated around the cup. do you have any tips?
Someone else was having the same problem. :( It could be a few things though. At first they do just look like blobs, but when you keep going and place each drip in the middle of the previous one it starts to push the polish out and form a ring. I don’t want you to waste your polish though if that’s not the case!
What kind of polish were you using? It could just be the polish, some work and some don’t have the right consistency I guess. I usually use Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Wet n Wild, Sinful Colors or any other inexpensive brands. Mainly because I don’t like to use expensive polishes when most of it ends up on the tape, but also because they seem to work. Glitters definitely (in my experience) will not work.
Make sure your water is room temperature tending to the warmer side. If it’s too cold the polish tends to just sit there and not spread out enough.
When you add the drops at first it should look something like this:
kind of blob-ish.
But it could also be the size of the cup. What kind were you using? If the cup is too big then it may spread the polish out too much. I use a small paper cup or a shot glass. Just keep in mind if you use glass you can’t use it again because there will be polish stuck all around it.
Let me know if any of that helps!
It’s so hard to know what the problem could be without seeing it :( Feel free to send pictures if you are still having trouble!
How do you get the nail polish to turn into the rings in the water? I tried water marbling last night for my first time, and it didn't turn out so well. :( I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make it transform into rings.
If you slowly let the polish drip into the water it should spread and as you alternate colors rings are formed. The first few drips should look something like this..
Once you keep adding colors the blobs turn into pretty little rings.
If you did that part right, then it could be that your water is too cold. I would try using room temp water.
Another thing it could be is the polish you are using. I haven’t found a glitter that works yet, so try to stick to colors only. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear work really well. I prefer sticking to cheap polishes since I hate wasting my expensive ones. :(
I should probably do a post on which polishes work best.
Let me know if any of that works (or doesn’t)! And if you have any other questions feel free to ask!
i just wanted to tell you that i love your blog. i have a sick obsession with painting my nails, but sadly i'm not creative, so i just do solid colors all the time. but i literally paint them once a week. hopefully now, with your help, i can make my nails prettier! i'm going to try the christmas-y marble one soon! :)
Ahh yay! I love new followers :) If I’m lacking creativity sometimes I go through magazines and rip out pages where I find pretty patterns and paint that on my nails.
I just posted a tutorial for the water marble, feel free to check it out! Hopefully it will help when you try it out. Let me know how it goes!
So I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I did this manicure:
The method for this manicure is called Water Marbling. Here is a photo tutorial that will hopefully help you all out! There are tons of videos available on youtube, but I know some had more detailed questions so feel free to leave anything I don’t cover in the comments or in my ask box. :) [Try not to ask anonymously so you know I got back to you!]
This is kind of long but really informative!
What you’ll need for this manicure:
Nail Polish :)
I used the following eyeslipsface polishes for this manicure:
It’s super complicated to type without pictures haha I’l have to put up my own tutorial, but one of the best tutorials I have found is here. I’m glad you liked it! I’ll try to post tips and tutorials soon!
How did you do that marble thing with your nails?!
It’s kind of complicated to type, so here is the best tutorial I have found so far: water marble tutorial. I’ll try to post some tips and maybe a tutorial if that would help people out. :) :) Let me know how it goes if you try!