I don’t know how and when Water Marble Nail art technique was created and by whom. Everyone who loves to do nail art wanna try water marble nails at least once. But its not easy. Sometimes we face polish spreading problem! Sometimes we are not able to transfer the design onto nails! Or sometimes cleaning up mess around the nail becomes a real challenge!! Because of all this, many of us get discouraged and give up trying water marble nails.
Water Marble Nail art technique is difficult. But once we start practicing we can improve and enjoy doing it. There are many girls who have practiced the technique and do it flawless. I always wanted to try water marble nails but was afraid of trying because of all the challenges as I mentioned above.
Once there was a FB group challenge theme of water marble nail art. All my friends were doing it very excitingly. Though I had swear by that I will never try water marble nails because I hate the mess it creates. But getting inspired by all my friends I thought of trying it. I was able to get the polish spread only till half of the cup diameter but the bulls eye came out very pretty. I was afraid, What if I could not transfer it on to nails?! I did not want to spoil it.
That is when this idea came to my mind that why not I let it dry in water itself and create applique out of this!! Once it was dry and I tried it onto nails, I was so happy that I could achieve great water marble nail art design. Without wasting polish, without mess, without clean up, and easy transfer on nails too!!
Wait, that means all my problems I mentioned above got solved?!! Hurray!!
Are you like me, who wanna try water marble nails but afraid of the mess it creates? Read below to find out how water marble nail art is now made easy.
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear : Pacific Blue, Cherry Red, Mellow Yellow and White On
Other tools: Water, small disposable plastic cup, toothpick, brush, orange wood stick/Cuticle pusher, Scissor.
Part I : No Mess Water Marble Nail Art / Water Marble Nail Art Applique Tutorial
Create bulls eye by dropping different colors of nail polish in water. With the help of toothpick, create the flower design on to bulls eye. (Many tutorials are available for this basic steps.) Leave the ready design in the water to dry for 4 to 5 hours. But for best results, leave it overnight to dry in water .
With the help of fan brush or any broad flat object, lift the dried water marble swatch. This applique is thin and delicate so you need to handle it carefully. Outer layer is usually thinnest and may break (Like the one in this image) But its ok. We don’t use it anyways.
Step 3, 4 and 5:
Apply White nail polish on nails.
Once its semi wet, choose the desired design and apply water marble nail applique onto nails.
Press it with the help of cuticle pusher or orange wood stick around the shape of nail. Remove the extra applique without breaking rest of it for re-use.
Apply rest of the water marble applique onto other nails following same steps.
1. When applying applique onto nails, make sure polish is not too dry otherwise it won’t stick properly. At the same time, polish should not be too wet. Since the applique is made of nail polish as well, it merges with wet polish and deforms its design. So to get best result, always apply onto semi wet base.
2. Though the swatch dries within one hour and can be used but its still delicate. It is best to dry it overnight.
Update: In my initial experiments, i use to leave it overnight to dry. But after doing Water Marble nail art applique frequently, i learned that its easier to use when the decal is fresh and delicate.
3. Water marble nail art appliques can be used anytime even after week or few days. Once taken out of water, it starts getting dry and stiff. If stored out side of water applique is still usable but it may break easily while applying onto nails. So I would advise to preserve it in water till you want to use it.
Hope you liked this No Mess, No waste method of Water Marble Nail art. You may also see creative water marble nail art tutorial Part II here.
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