I love a good manicure, and being the die-hard craftista/DIY-er that I am, I love to test out the latest nail art trends on myself. The most recent nail art trend I’ve become obsessed with is Water Marble Nail Art. It looks complicated, and truth be told it does take practice. The below tutorial was my second attempt. My first try was a disaster, but apparently with my nails, the second time’s the charm. And, it’s SO worth it! I’m getting so many compliments on my nails. And Stella gave me the seal of approval, which means the most to me. I would set a good 40 minutes aside for this DIY manicure.
1. First thing’s first, gather all your tools. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A bowl of room temperature water (it won’t work at any other temperature. I’ve found that filtered water or bottled water works best.)
- Tooth picks
- Scotch tape
- Base coat
- White nail polish
- 2-3 other nail polish colors that you want to use
- Top coat
I used Alpine Snow White by OPI and NARS polishes in yellow, purple, and blue (but I highly encourage everyone to create your own color combo! Choose your fave colors and make it your own. Summer is the perfect time to express yourself and try bold summer colors!). Just be sure to always include white, and use 2-3 other colors. This technique works best when using high quality nail polish that’s fresh and hasn’t thickened with age.
2. Apply your basecoat and white nail polish – this will act as the canvas for your fab & colorful mani.
3. Next, use scotch tape to cover up the skin around your nails – this will make the clean-up process A LOT easier when you’re all done. It’s important to cover the cuticle, but make sure not to cover any actual nail!
4. Next, drip a few drops of each color on the surface of the water. Continue to drop the polishes into the center of the surface of the water to create rings of color. I repeated each color two times through. Try to work quickly otherwise the polish will harden.
5. Using a toothpick, make your design in the water. Have fun with it! I started at the outer edge and dragged a line into the center, repeating all around the circle.
6. Line up your nail with the design and place it in the water, aiming for the center of the design. Leave your nail and the taped section of your finger in the water and gently blow on the water for 5-10 seconds to set the polish (the polish will harden on top of the water around your nail). Then, before you remove your finger, take a toothpick and pull the hardened nail polish on the surface of the water away from your finger. Once cleared, you can pull your finger out.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 for each finger using fresh water and polish each time.
8. Once you’ve finished each finger and your nails have dried completely, remove the tape and clean up any excess nail polish on your skin using remover and a Q-Tip.
Here’s my fave nail! Each nail turns out unique, which I love.
And that’s it! Super chic for summer.
What’s your favorite beauty trend for summer? Let me know in the comments below.+ Comment