Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How To: Neon Water Marble

I thought I had already posted this tutorial, but I guess I was wrong. Good thing that Maria asked me about it in one of my previous post after I posted this photo of Aishila sniffing my nails. She actually gave me one of her little nos kisses, but who cares.  =) 
Water Marble Manicure & Aishila

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Things you'll need: a cup of lukewarm water, white nail polish, neon polishes in at least three different shades, toothpicks and tape.
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

Apply white nail polish and wait for it to dry. White base will make the neon colors really pop. I used a coat of  BYS White Matte nail polish. 
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

Apply some tape around your nail to protect the skin on your fingers from the nail polish. It will be easier to do the clean-up later if you follow this step. 
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

Apply the nail polish on the water surface. I applied the yellow color first and then pink, blue, pink again and so on... Always apply the polish in the middle of the polish circle. If the polish doesn't spread over the water surface, use different polish (usually it's the thickness that prevents the polish from spreading) or adjust the temperature of the water. It's best when it's lukewarm and not too cold. These are the colors I used (all BYS): The Right Bright, In Da Club and Matte Fuchsia. 
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

Use a toothpick to make the pattern in the polish. Once you make the pattern you like, just dip the finger in the water (on the design) with your nail facing downwards. Use a toothpick to remove the excess polish from the surface of the water and lift your finger from the water. Remove the tape. Repeat on other nails.
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

After you're done with marbling, you're definitely gonna need to do some clean-up. Use cotton swabs dipped in acetone for larger nail polish 'stains' and a brush for smalled ones and the areas around the cuticles.  You can add a coat of top coat for higher shine. 
How To: Neon Water Marble Nails

That's it. It's pretty simple, but quite time (and polish) consuming. Let me know if you ever tried the water marbling technique yourself. Did you like it? 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

19 comments:

  1. Oh so beautiful!! You almost convince me to marble, but i just can't handle the thought of the clean up x x x

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    1. I know what you mean. It's like a polish massacre. And it's hard on the cuticles too.

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  2. I friking hate water marble so I only go with faux water marble technique - it's easier and less messy :)

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    1. To be completely honest - I don't like it either. I only did it a couple of times for tutorial/blog purposes. I'd never go through all the trouble just to wear it a couple of days. It's too much for me. Well, every nail art is too much for me. I usually just wear two coats of nail polish and that's it.

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  3. I like the effect. Love it.

    But when I tried to do it, my mother and boyfriend commented that the workspace resembled a warzone... and with all that effort and chaos I couldn't get the pattern or the colour combo right.

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  4. Probala, dvakrat. It was a total fail ... and mess :D
    Ful lepo ti je prišlo <3

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  5. Oh, it'so nice that you paid attention to my comment!)
    I so want to try and repeat your manicure, but I'm a bit afraid...Water marbles are difficult)

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  6. That picture with Aishila is so adorable! And I love your marble, makes me want to wear bright colors right now!

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  7. ful lepo, ampak si jaz že tako redko lakiram nohte, ker mi je že navadna manikura preveč packarije (ok, priznam sem na stopnji sposobnosti lakiranja: neandertalec), se tega kar malo bojim hehe ampak me ful mika :D

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  8. Odlična navodila.Vse,kar delaš,zgleda tako enostavno,samo se mi zdi,da ko se bom jaz zdravn spravla bo polomija. :) No,poskusit ni greh :)

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  9. Great tutorial! Lovely colours and beautiful mani!

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  10. Lusno ti je ispalo ;) Bas mi se svidja :)

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  11. Great job on the marbling, I've tried it twice and it is definitely time consuming, polish wasting, nerves-testing technique that has just amazing results :-)
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7847246428_6f463463c8_b.jpg
    It depends on the temperature of the water, drying time and thickness of your polish etc. But it's worth it anyway

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  12. It's a very original manicure, and it looks great on your nails!

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  13. Loving the nails and the cutie pie pic! Nice job!!

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  14. AWWW! Your cat is as lovely as your nails... They're so cute. The color is very lovely. I love to try it on my nails also...:)

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