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Nail Art Tutorial: How To Make Water Marble Decals

Nail Art Tutorial: How To Make Water Marble Decals

07.01.14

By James

Do you like the water marble effect, but aren’t thrilled about the clean up process? This technique from NailpolishHeaven allows you to easily do a water marble nail – and makes it a little easier for beginners to water marble.

  • Step 1:

    Choose a sturdy plasticized surface.  NailpolishHeaven chose this holographic board from the arts and crafts store. Anything thin that feels laminated should work.  You’ll want to make sure it’s something you can cut up.

    SLIDE 1 OF 12
  • Step 2:

    Cut out circles from your material that are smaller than the size of the cup or bowl you will be using to water marble, but bigger than your individual nails.

    SLIDE 2 OF 12
  • Step 3:

    Paint a layer of top coat on the plastic side of your circles. You’ll also want something that allows you to hold on to the circles while you dip them in water.

    SLIDE 3 OF 12
  • Step 4:

    You can pierce a thin pin through the center of each one for this.

    SLIDE 4 OF 12
  • Step 5:

    Create your water marble just as normal. NailpolishHeaven went with Sally Hansen Purple HeartJade and a clear nail polish so that she could decide her base color later by painting her nails all one color before adding the decal.

    SLIDE 5 OF 12
  • Step 6:

    Dip the laminated circles top coat side down into the water by holding the round head pin. Once the water marble is attached, carefully lift your circle up and remove the headpin. Lay it down to dry with the water marble facing up.

    SLIDE 6 OF 12
  • Step 6:

    Dip the laminated circles top coat side down into the water by holding the round head pin. Once the water marble is attached, carefully lift your circle up and remove the headpin. Lay it down to dry with the water marble facing up.

    SLIDE 7 OF 12
  • Step 7:

    Once it’s dry, use tweezers to carefully lift up the water marble from the circle.

    SLIDE 8 OF 12
  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

    SLIDE 9 OF 12
  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

    SLIDE 10 OF 12
  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

    SLIDE 11 OF 12
  • Step 9:

    Right before doing each decal, coat your nails with one more layer of top coat. Then lay down your decal and press down on all the edges so that it sticks. If any parts hang over, you can clean them up with a brush and some polish remover.

    Visit NailpolishHeaven's blog: www.NailpolishHeaven.nl
    Facebook: facebook.com/NailpolishHeaven
    Twitter: @NailpolishAngel

    [Image: NailpolishHeaven]

    SLIDE 12 OF 12
  • Step 1:

    Choose a sturdy plasticized surface.  NailpolishHeaven chose this holographic board from the arts and crafts store. Anything thin that feels laminated should work.  You’ll want to make sure it’s something you can cut up.

  • Step 2:

    Cut out circles from your material that are smaller than the size of the cup or bowl you will be using to water marble, but bigger than your individual nails.

  • Step 3:

    Paint a layer of top coat on the plastic side of your circles. You’ll also want something that allows you to hold on to the circles while you dip them in water.

  • Step 4:

    You can pierce a thin pin through the center of each one for this.

  • Step 5:

    Create your water marble just as normal. NailpolishHeaven went with Sally Hansen Purple HeartJade and a clear nail polish so that she could decide her base color later by painting her nails all one color before adding the decal.

  • Step 6:

    Dip the laminated circles top coat side down into the water by holding the round head pin. Once the water marble is attached, carefully lift your circle up and remove the headpin. Lay it down to dry with the water marble facing up.

  • Step 6:

    Dip the laminated circles top coat side down into the water by holding the round head pin. Once the water marble is attached, carefully lift your circle up and remove the headpin. Lay it down to dry with the water marble facing up.

  • Step 7:

    Once it’s dry, use tweezers to carefully lift up the water marble from the circle.

  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

  • Step 8:

    NailpolishHeaven decided to paint her nails white for the base color. She also added a white shimmer topper. Then she waited for her nails to dry before adding the decals. Cut the decals the size and shape of your nails and line them up in order.

  • Step 9:

    Right before doing each decal, coat your nails with one more layer of top coat. Then lay down your decal and press down on all the edges so that it sticks. If any parts hang over, you can clean them up with a brush and some polish remover.

    Visit NailpolishHeaven's blog: www.NailpolishHeaven.nl
    Facebook: facebook.com/NailpolishHeaven
    Twitter: @NailpolishAngel

    [Image: NailpolishHeaven]

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