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Cool Nail Polish Tricks: Tips for Successful Water Marble DIY Nail Art Designs for Beginners

Nail art fanatics seem to think up a new nail art idea or cool nail polish tricks on an almost daily basis, but one of the nail art techniques I’ve had a lot of fun with is water marble nails. This is one of a few nail art techniques that takes a little know how, and may not be the best DIY nail art designs for beginners, but with a few simple tips, almost anyone can create a gorgeous set of water marble nails. I’m going to include a tutorial video I did of a set of water marble nails, so you can see exactly how it’s done. Read on for some of the things you should know if you’re going to try this type of nail art at home

Cool Nail Polish Tricks: Water Marble Nail Art for Beginners Tutorial


Which Nail Polishes to Use

This is one of the most important decisions you can make when you get everything together for a set of water marble nails. The nail polishes you use for this type of manicure need to be very thin. If your nail polishes are a little on the thick side, get new ones or thin the old ones down with a lacquer thinner of your choice. If the polishes are too thick, they won’t spread on top of the water. Another important thing I’ve learned during my own water marble efforts, is to always use regular nail polishes. You should not use quick dry polishes. They never seem to spread as well as regular ones.


Which Water to Use

When I first tried my hand at this I thought, “Water is water. How difficult can it be?” It can be almost impossible to get the polishes to spread if you use cold tap water, which is exactly the mistake I made in the beginning. The water you use should be room temperature, because if it’s too cold the polish will become thick and won’t spread. You should also use bottled or distilled water, because the impurities in tap water may cause the polishes to spread unevenly or not at all.


Keeping Your Cuticles Clean

When you try water marble nail art, always tape up your cuticles beforehand. Once you see how messy it is, you’ll be glad you did. The video shows exactly how to place the tape and also how to get it off when you’re done. If some of it ends up on your cuticles anyway, use a cotton bud soaked in nail polish remover or a corrector pen to clean up the excess.

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Cleaning Up the Excess Nail Polish

Dunking your nails into the water is not enough. Always clean up the excess using a toothpick or a marbleizing tool. Twirl it between your fingers to quickly ‘wind up’ the excess polish on the water’s surface. If you leave the excess there, it will fold back onto your nails when you pull them out of the water.

This is one of the many cool nail polish tricks I’ve played with over the last few months, and I love the end results. The DIY nail art designs you end up with are always a little unpredictable, but that adds to its appeal. I’ve used glitter on the thumb and ring finger to add interest to the design I did, but you could even add dots or flowers using dotting tools, if you wanted to. The most important thing is to have fun and experiment, that’s what nail art for beginners is all about.


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Atell Rohlandt (author) from South Africa on May 01, 2012:

Thank you Elysha. I'm glad you found the hub helpful! I struggled a lot in the beginning too, so I thought I'd share the tricks I discovered.

Elysha on May 01, 2012:

This was so help full thank you so much

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