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Nail Art Tutorial: Water Marble Decals

Nail Art Tutorial: Water Marble Decals

10.01.14

By semick

Recently, Alpana of @alpsnailart tried a brightly colored water marble – but not in your average way. She first created the swirled look, dried the polish, and then applied it to nails like a wrap afterwards. Get the step by steps by clicking through below.

 

A few tips to get you started:
1.  When applying applique onto nails, make sure polish is not too dry, otherwise it won’t stick properly. On the other hand, your polish should not be too wet. Since the applique is made of nail polish as well, it merges with wet polish and deforms the design. So to get best results, always apply onto a semi-wet base.
2.  Your appliques can be used anytime even after a week or few days. To preserve it, leave it in water until you want to use it. Once taken out of the water, it starts getting dry and stiff and can crack if you try to apply it to your nails.

Keep up on Alpana’s nail designs:
Instagram: @alpsnailart
Facebook: facebook.com/alpsnailart
Pinterest: @alpsnailart

[Courtesy of Alpana Ladwani]

  • Products Used:

    • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue, Cherry Red, Mellow Yellow, and White On
    • Water
    • Small disposable plastic cup
    • Toothpick
    • Brush
    • Orange wood stick
    • Scissors
    SLIDE 1 OF
  • Step 1:

    Create a bullseye by dropping different colors of nail polish in water. By carefully dragging sections with your toothpick, create a flower-like design from the bullseye. Leave the finished design in the water to dry overnight. You’ll want enough water marble to cover all ten fingers, so you will likely want to use a large container or multiple cups.

    SLIDE 2 OF
  • Step 2:

    With the help of a fan brush, or any broad flat object, lift the dried water marble swatch out of the water. This applique is thin and delicate, so you need to handle it carefully. The outer layer is usually thinnest and may break (Like the one in this image). But it is okay, because we don’t use that portion anyway.

    SLIDE 3 OF
  • Step 3:

    Apply white nail polish on nails.

    SLIDE 4 OF
  • Step 4:

    Once its semi-wet, choose the desired design and apply your water marble appliques onto nails. Press it with the help of cuticle pusher or orange wood stick around the shape of nail.

    SLIDE 5 OF
  • Step 5:

    Remove the extra applique without breaking the rest of it for re-use. Apply the rest of the water marble applique onto other nails following the same steps.

    Keep up on Alpana’s nail designs:
    Instagram: @alpsnailart
    Facebook: facebook.com/alpsnailart
    Pinterest: @alpsnailart

    [Courtesy of Alpana Ladwani]

    SLIDE 6 OF
  • Products Used:

    • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue, Cherry Red, Mellow Yellow, and White On
    • Water
    • Small disposable plastic cup
    • Toothpick
    • Brush
    • Orange wood stick
    • Scissors
  • Step 1:

    Create a bullseye by dropping different colors of nail polish in water. By carefully dragging sections with your toothpick, create a flower-like design from the bullseye. Leave the finished design in the water to dry overnight. You’ll want enough water marble to cover all ten fingers, so you will likely want to use a large container or multiple cups.

  • Step 2:

    With the help of a fan brush, or any broad flat object, lift the dried water marble swatch out of the water. This applique is thin and delicate, so you need to handle it carefully. The outer layer is usually thinnest and may break (Like the one in this image). But it is okay, because we don’t use that portion anyway.

  • Step 3:

    Apply white nail polish on nails.

  • Step 4:

    Once its semi-wet, choose the desired design and apply your water marble appliques onto nails. Press it with the help of cuticle pusher or orange wood stick around the shape of nail.

  • Step 5:

    Remove the extra applique without breaking the rest of it for re-use. Apply the rest of the water marble applique onto other nails following the same steps.

    Keep up on Alpana’s nail designs:
    Instagram: @alpsnailart
    Facebook: facebook.com/alpsnailart
    Pinterest: @alpsnailart

    [Courtesy of Alpana Ladwani]

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