Brilliant Tips to Make Water Marble Nail Art at Home

Posted by Peter Buijs on

Checking out stock photos for beauty? You might have noticed on the fingers of some models beautiful colourful patterns. If you’re looking to try them out for yourself, having them professionally done isn’t your only option. You can actually do marble nail art in the comfort of your own home by yourself! There’s no need for fancy equipment – all the tools you need are already in your bathroom.

Things you need:

  • A small cup of water
  • Scotch tape
  • Nail Polishes (White and other colours of your choice)
  • Base Coat
  • Toothpicks/Cuticle Sticks


The first step is to apply white nail polish as your base as this will help the other colours pop. Wrap the skin around the nails (as close as the edges as possible) with sticky tape to catch the excess polish. Make sure it doesn’t cover any part of the nail as this will ruin the effect.

Next, drip different coloured nail polish on the centre – use as many colours as you’d like. Take the toothpick or cuticle sticks gently drag it across the colours to create patterns. Dip your fingernail at an angle so it catches the area of the pattern you’d like to transfer. Wait a couple of seconds before removing your finger from the water and voila – your very own marble nail art!

You will need to recreate the patterns each time for each nail, but you’ll be surprised how relaxing this activity can be. We recommend reusing the water as long as you make sure it doesn’t contain any excess polish before you start on a new pattern.

Here are a few other tips you might find useful:

Apply a Base Coat

Painting a base coat before anything else protects your nails from getting stained. This will also keep them from drying out, so you’ll still have healthy nails when you remove the polish.

Use Room Temperature Water

Cold water helps the polish dry up much more quickly. While this is useful for when you’re in a hurry and simply can’t wait it out, using cold water will make the polish difficult to work with when creating the marble art.

Drip near the Surface

Place the tip of the nail polish brush as close as possible to the surface of the water. This will ensure that the colour stays at the top and doesn’t sink to the bottom of the cup.

Work Fast

As previously mentioned, it can be extremely difficult to create designs once the polish starts drying up in the water. Work fast to keep this from happening!

Get Liquid Latex

Marble nail art can get quite messy, especially if you’re a beginner. The polish WILL stick to your fingers, and sometimes sticky tape can be a hassle to work with. Liquid latex is an even better alternative; it can be peeled off to make clean-up of the excess polish neat and easy.

Clean with Cotton Swabs

As a fingernail is dipped in the water and you’re waiting for the marble art to set, use a cotton swab to remove the excess polish from the water. That way there won’t be as much of it left to cling to your finger, therefore there’s less clean-up to do. The cotton swabs can also be dipped into varnish remover to wipe around the edges.

With these tips, you should have little to no trouble creating beautiful designs on your own. Have some fun and show off your beautiful creations! If you’re waiting for your nails to grow out before you try marble art, check out some of our tips to make nails grow fast.

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