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Water Marbling 

In the next few weeks I will have multiple holiday family gatherings and holiday parties, which is why I chose to marble. For me, it’s the right amount of non traditional holiday cheer mixed with self expression and sparkle. ☺

This is only my 3rd attempt at marbling so I am not a professional, but I have learned a few things.

  • Not all polish will “ring”. Different polishes have different formulas. Try another brand, color, formula. Thin polish works best. So all of those colors that require 3 coats to fully cover your nail and take forever to dry will be great for this.
  • This takes a little practice. To achieve the perfect ring, you might need to try dropping the polish in at different heights or if the temperature inside your room is warmer or colder you will need to adjust the temp of the water accordingly.
  • Work quickly. As soon as the polish touches the water it begins to dry so keep that in mind and hurry.
  • If the polish is not spreading out or sinking to the bottom, try changing the temperature of the water. If that does not work add a little bit of nail polish remover to the water.
  • Marble in something clean and disposable. The polish will collect around the edges and some might drop to the bottom so use something you will not mind throwing out. To-go cups or plastic cups and bowls are great.

It does require a lot of polish but it is worth it for special occasions. I really hope you like the tutorial and try water marbling.

❄Happy Christmakwanzakah!❄


  • Laci Noelle

    omg this is so cool!!!!!

  • Rebecca Lynn

    I have been looking for such a thorough tutorial. Thanks!!

  • Daniela Machado

    too much work and they don’t even look good!

  • Kelly Bromfield

    I may have to try this! All I can think of is Fabergé

  • Ashley Wimbrough

    She needs to spend less time worrying about her nails and more time worrying about her hands. Lotion works wonders on dry, cracked nails!

    • Jamie Green

      Can you say rude? She’s simply trying to show a really neat way to do your nails. Didn’t anyone ever tell you if you don’t have anything nice to say then STFU.

  • Julia Rahe

    This is interesting. There are so many variables that can go wrong (water temp, room temp, polish formula, etc.) that it seems like a lot of work, but they look nice. How many fingers can you dip at once? Like if I wanted all my nails to have the same colors, would I be able to dip all my fingers in at once if I used a larger water bowl/tub? Or do you think the larger area would diminish the polish as it hit the water?

    Also, do you think you could do a dark paint as your base as long as you used all light colors to marble with? For instance, a black base with florescent and highlighter shades marbled?

    • Blaire

      You can absolutely do more than 1 finger at a time. I’ve done 3 at a time and they turned out great. Using a larger bowl/tub will work because the polish sits on the surface the color will hold up nicely.
      I have seen some pretty awesome darker base/bright marble designs.
      Good luck & Happy Holidays ☺

  • Christina White

    Fun! I’m in!

  • Crystal Soliz

    That is so awesome!! I have never heard of this but as soon as I get more nail polish, I am going to try this! So excited!!!! XD

  • Rae Ghun

    I read about how to do this in a Women’s World mag and just comletely forgot all the steps (and the mag ended up trashed-bummer) so this is just awesome! I wanted to do red and white candy cane for the longest!

  • Michelle Bowman

    When I was 17 I was obsessed with marbling paper so I’m definitely doing this!

  • Mae Nevarez

    Are those your natural nails your are painting? I really like the shape and the way they come out, but my naturals nails are very square and I don’t think it would look as good!

    • Blaire

      They are my nails with a UV gel on top. I had to let my nails grow long then re-shape them because I normally have them shorter and more square.
      I think water marbling looks good on all nails. Try it out :)

  • Rikki Vivero

    can you use something else besides vasaline?

    • Blaire

      Yes, you can also use tape, cuticle oil, and Chapstick. If you do try it please let me know how it turns out. ☻

  • Heather Elisabeth Peak

    I do this all the time, I absolultly love marbling my nails, If you take a look on my facebook you’ll see my nail folder. I found this out about 4 or 5 months ago. Since then its hard to color my nails with just one color.

  • Tabi Alcina

    My roommate and I did this after watching this video over and over. We made a big mess, but my Brown (Hard Candy’s Mushroom), gold (a Nicole color), and red (China Glaze holiday red) swirly nails looked awesome for days.

  • Laci Noelle

    i did this today and it was awesome!!! definitely a new nail polish addiction for me!!! 😀

    • Blaire

      Yay! Glad to hear that! Happy 2012 :)

  • Jamie Green

    I love this! I just need to procure a dish that I dont care about and then Im going to try it! Thank you so much for such a thorough tutorial!! Gorgeous!!

    • Blaire

      Thank you so much Jamie. Try using to-go cups from fast food/coffee places. You can cut them down a bit. Maybe something from the kitchen? I used an empty cheese container. If you have a large water bottle that you can cut in half that will work too.
      Let me know how it turns out & have a Happy New Year!

  • Jacinta Owen

    Love it! I especially like the blue and white one! I might try it myself 😀 xo

  • Lara Martini

    I totally tried this- it was super easy and awesome!!! Thanks! I had a friend do it with me- we had such a blast! I have the pic of my nails on my page- can’t figure out how to post it though… =)

  • Alexandra Alcaraz

    Sorry for being out of topic (which was very well exposed :) ) but what’s the song at the end, please? It sounds nice.
    Thank you!

  • Erin Price

    Do you just use OPI nail polish or can you use pretty much any kind?

    • Blaire

      Any kind will work.

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