She drops nail polish in water, and wow…
We’ve all seen those Pinterest fails. It makes you wonder if you should even bother putting in the effort. But before you throw in the towel and blow your happy hour money on expensive nail salons, watch this step by step tutorial. It’s easier than you think.
Step 1: Use the right tools
You don’t need all the tools you see here, but you do need a bowl of water, cotton swabs and some kind of stick. A toothpick will work fine.
Step 2: Apply A White Base Coat
Use one coat of white as a base to make the design colors pop out. If you are using neon colors for your design, a black base looks really chic as well.
Step 3: Line up your colors
Line up all the colors you want to put in your design in the order you will be adding them. Be sure to loosen all the lids, because you will be working fairly fast.
Step 4: Drop the paint in the water
Add one drop at a time into the water. Drop each new color into the center of the paint pool as the last color spreads out. This will create a ripple effect of layer after layer of color. Add all the colors only once, or repeat the layering to create the desired effect.
Step 5: Create your design
Use a toothpick or dotting tool to draw through the paint. This is where you can have fun being creative with your design. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfectly symmetrical. Sometimes the best patterns have a freestyle look.
Step 6: Immerse your nail.
Place your nail into the water at an angle. You may choose to use any part of the marble design you have created, depending on the desired effect. Alternatively, you can immerse all fingers at once if you’d like. Don’t swirl your nail around in the water. Just dip and let it sit.
Step 7: Remove excess paint
With your nail still under the water, wait a few moments for the paint to form a skin on the surface of the water and remove with a cotton swab.
Step 8: Remove your nail from the water
Once you have cleaned all the excess polish from the surface of the water, you may lift your finger out and see your design. Don’t worry about the polish on your skin, we’ll take care of that in the next step.
Step 9: Clean the skin and cuticle
Use a cotton pad with acetone or your favorite polish remover to sweep around the skin being careful not to let the pad touch your beautiful nail art. We’ve seen some ladies use tape to mask the area around the nail to reduce clean up, but trust us, this is just as easy, and less mess.
Finish up around the cuticles with a small brush dipped in acetone or polish remover.
Step 10: Finishing touches
Once you have completed your designs on all of your nails, finish up with a top coat. If you want to add a little more pizzaz, use a dotting tool to add accents here and there, or top it off with some gems.
In this video, Natasha Lee walks us through five different marble designs, and as you can see, they are all beautiful and uniquely different. Don’t get caught up with perfection, just have fun with it, and with practice, you’ll be the envy of all your friends.