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Nail Art Tutorial: Rainbow Water Marble Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Rainbow Water Marble Nails

01.07.14

By niwp_admin

Bring color to your wardrobe with perfectly shaped rainbow water marble nails. Get tips from the expert, Yasmeen Sandoval (IG @sloteazzy), and try it on your own.

  • What You Need

    • Basecoat(s), I use Duri Rejuvacote and Nailtiques Formula 2
    • 6 rainbow colored nail polishes (non fast drying ) I'm using Color Club Mamba, Wham! Pow!, Almost Famous, Twiggie, Chelsey Girl, and Sweet Pea. (In order they are pictured)
    • White polish, I'm using Nina Ultra Pro French White
    • Top coat, I'm using HK Girl by Glisten & Glow
    • Small plastic or glass cup (no styrofoam)
    • Room temperature filtered or bottled water
    • Acetone
    • Clean up brush
    • Tape
    • Q-tips
    • Needle
    SLIDE 1 OF 15
  • Tips

    A bigger cup can be used so you can dip in more than one finger, but you then can't be as precise to what part of the design goes on what nail.

    • Polish brands that work well for watermarbling include: Color Club (my favorite to marble with), Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear, OPI, Orly and Essie.

    • if your polish is not spreading, add a few drops of polish thinner, and roll your bottle to mix it. DO NOT shake bottle prior to watermarbling as it will result in bubbles in your design.

    • Using polishes within the same brand works best but you can mix polish brands.

    • Polishes with regular finish are easiest to work with. Shimmers, glitters and mattes can be tricky to work with.

     

    SLIDE 2 OF 15
  • Steps 1-2

    Paint your basecoat(s) and let dry.

    Paint your nails white and let dry.

     

    SLIDE 3 OF 15
  • Step 3

     

    Tape up your finger by taping one piece of tape along your cuticle and one piece of tape going from one side of your nail through the back and onto the other side of the nail. Please see picture.

     

     

    SLIDE 4 OF 15
  • Step 4

    Open up all bottles of polish and surround cup so everything moves along faster. Nail polish dries fairly quickly so once you drop your first polish you want to work quickly.

     

    SLIDE 5 OF 15
  • Step 5

    Drop in your first color and let it spread in water. One drop is all you need.

     

    SLIDE 6 OF 15
  • Step 6

    Drop in your second color and let it spread.

    SLIDE 7 OF 15
  • Step 7

    Working quickly, repeat with all colors until you get your bullseye to look like the one in the picture.

    SLIDE 8 OF 15
  • Step 8

    Once your last color has finished spreading, take your needle and slightly dip it in and drag from the top of the secondmost outer ring to the middle of the bullseye.

    (You want to drag from the second or even third outermost ring because the most outer ring is dry by now.)

    Repeat and drag in from the bottom towards the middle of the bullseye to connect with your last stroke.

    When you meet in the middle, slightly dip the needle in before bringing it out to clean up the design and make it stay.

    Clean off your needles between drags so polish doesn't build up on your needle.

    SLIDE 9 OF 15
  • Step 9

    Dip in and drag in from the second outermost ring on the right  towards the middle, and repeat with left side then dip your needle in slightly when you get to the middle.

     

    SLIDE 10 OF 15
  • Step 10

    Using the same method, drag in between to create more "petals." You will end up with 8 petals. You can stop here or keep going to get even smaller petals.

     

    SLIDE 11 OF 15
  • Step 11

    I dragged the needle in between to create 8 more petals.

    Once you're happy with your design, you're ready to dip in your finger.

    SLIDE 12 OF 15
  • Steps 12-14

    Choose what part of the design you like best and align your finger. Dip in your finger parallel to the water.

    Once you have dipped in your finger, straighten it out in the water. Be careful not to touch it against the cup.

    Go ahead and clean up the rest of the polish with a Q-tip.

    SLIDE 13 OF 15
  • Steps 15-17

    Once the water is all cleared up go ahead and pull out your finger at an angle and lightly blow off excess water.

    Carefully take off tape.

    With your brush and acetone , clean up around cuticles and then apply top coat.

    SLIDE 14 OF 15
  • Step 18

    Repeat with all nails. It is a rather long process, so you can also just do it to one nail as an accent nail.
    See more of Yasmeen's nail art: Instagram @sloteazzy.

    [Image: Yasmeen Sandoval]

    SLIDE 15 OF 15
  • What You Need

    • Basecoat(s), I use Duri Rejuvacote and Nailtiques Formula 2
    • 6 rainbow colored nail polishes (non fast drying ) I'm using Color Club Mamba, Wham! Pow!, Almost Famous, Twiggie, Chelsey Girl, and Sweet Pea. (In order they are pictured)
    • White polish, I'm using Nina Ultra Pro French White
    • Top coat, I'm using HK Girl by Glisten & Glow
    • Small plastic or glass cup (no styrofoam)
    • Room temperature filtered or bottled water
    • Acetone
    • Clean up brush
    • Tape
    • Q-tips
    • Needle
  • Tips

    A bigger cup can be used so you can dip in more than one finger, but you then can't be as precise to what part of the design goes on what nail.

    • Polish brands that work well for watermarbling include: Color Club (my favorite to marble with), Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear, OPI, Orly and Essie.

    • if your polish is not spreading, add a few drops of polish thinner, and roll your bottle to mix it. DO NOT shake bottle prior to watermarbling as it will result in bubbles in your design.

    • Using polishes within the same brand works best but you can mix polish brands.

    • Polishes with regular finish are easiest to work with. Shimmers, glitters and mattes can be tricky to work with.

     

  • Steps 1-2

    Paint your basecoat(s) and let dry.

    Paint your nails white and let dry.

     

  • Step 3

     

    Tape up your finger by taping one piece of tape along your cuticle and one piece of tape going from one side of your nail through the back and onto the other side of the nail. Please see picture.

     

     

  • Step 4

    Open up all bottles of polish and surround cup so everything moves along faster. Nail polish dries fairly quickly so once you drop your first polish you want to work quickly.

     

  • Step 5

    Drop in your first color and let it spread in water. One drop is all you need.

     

  • Step 6

    Drop in your second color and let it spread.

  • Step 7

    Working quickly, repeat with all colors until you get your bullseye to look like the one in the picture.

  • Step 8

    Once your last color has finished spreading, take your needle and slightly dip it in and drag from the top of the secondmost outer ring to the middle of the bullseye.

    (You want to drag from the second or even third outermost ring because the most outer ring is dry by now.)

    Repeat and drag in from the bottom towards the middle of the bullseye to connect with your last stroke.

    When you meet in the middle, slightly dip the needle in before bringing it out to clean up the design and make it stay.

    Clean off your needles between drags so polish doesn't build up on your needle.

  • Step 9

    Dip in and drag in from the second outermost ring on the right  towards the middle, and repeat with left side then dip your needle in slightly when you get to the middle.

     

  • Step 10

    Using the same method, drag in between to create more "petals." You will end up with 8 petals. You can stop here or keep going to get even smaller petals.

     

  • Step 11

    I dragged the needle in between to create 8 more petals.

    Once you're happy with your design, you're ready to dip in your finger.

  • Steps 12-14

    Choose what part of the design you like best and align your finger. Dip in your finger parallel to the water.

    Once you have dipped in your finger, straighten it out in the water. Be careful not to touch it against the cup.

    Go ahead and clean up the rest of the polish with a Q-tip.

  • Steps 15-17

    Once the water is all cleared up go ahead and pull out your finger at an angle and lightly blow off excess water.

    Carefully take off tape.

    With your brush and acetone , clean up around cuticles and then apply top coat.

  • Step 18

    Repeat with all nails. It is a rather long process, so you can also just do it to one nail as an accent nail.
    See more of Yasmeen's nail art: Instagram @sloteazzy.

    [Image: Yasmeen Sandoval]

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