The thing about water marbles is that, depending on the way you swish the polish around in your water, you can end up with a wide range of different ripples and effects. For instance, this other blue water marble by Mucking Fusser has feathered blue lines. On the other hand, this tutorial by Kinga of Instagram’s @kinganak features horizontal lines that resemble zebra stripes. Try one, try the other, try both on the same hand! Kinga shares how to get these sideways marbled lines:
- Dark Blue Polish (Moyra No.605)
- Light Blue Polish (Moyra No.604)
- Small Glass
- Room Temperature Water
Step 1: Paint your nails with the lighter of the two blue polishes.
Step 2: Let them dry and then apply some tape around the nail so it will be easier to clean up.
Step 3: Add 1 drop of light and 1 of dark blue polish into the water, then repeat, alternating between the two colors three times.
Step 4: Take your toothpick and draw a line from the center to the side of the glass. Repeat this move going from the center to the opposite side. Start drawing lines from the left to the right and vice versa.
Step 5: When done, dip your finger in the water in an angle, not horizontally. The tip of the nail should be in first. Keep your nail under water until you make a couple of circles around your finger with the toothpick so you catch the rest of the polish from the surface of the water onto it.
Step 6: Take your finger out, clean it up and apply top coat. Done! Now repeat with all of your nails.
[Courtesy of Kinga; IG@kinganak]