How to Do Water Marble Nails Easily & Get the Best Marble Effect

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
6 Materials
45 Minutes

Today’s tutorial is all about water marble nails. I'll show you how to make a custom water marble pattern on your nails quickly and easily.

Water marble nails are one of my absolute favorite nail art patterns. I am including all my tips and trick on how to perfect this nail art technique!

Tools and materials:

  • White nail polish 
  • Nail polish in different colors
  • Clear top coat 
  • Nail protectors or scotch tape or liquid latex
  • Water marble tool or needle 
  • Nail polish remover and Q-tip if necessary
Applying a thick base coat of white polish

1. Apply the base coat 

Paint your nails white and let them completely dry. Make sure the white coat is thick and even. 

Applying nail protectors around the nails

2. Apply nail protector 

Put on the nail protector around your nails. This will make sure that no polish gets onto your skin. 

If you do not have nail protectors you can just use scotch tape or liquid latex. 

Adding water to a bowl

3. Add water to a bowl

Pour lukewarm water into a bowl or container.

How to do water marble nails

4. Add the nail polish

Add drops of nail polish in the colors of your choice into the water. Make sure that the nail polish is thin so that it can spread easily. Add as many drops of polish as you would like.

Water marble nail art ideas

5. Mix the polish 

Mix the polish to create the water marble pattern. I am using a water marble tool but if you don’t have one you can just use a needle.

How to create water marble nail art

6. Dip 

Dip your fingers into the water to get an even coat of the polish. 

How to get the water marble nail effect

Cleaning off the nail polish with a Q-tip

7. Clean up 

Peel off the nail protectors. If the polish managed to get onto your skin as well then you can just use nail polish remover and a Q-tip to remove it. 

Water marble nail art

8. Apply the top coat

Once the marble layer has dried, apply an even clear top coat.

Let it dry. 

Water marble nails

Water marble nails tutorial

There you have it, beautiful and easy DIY water marble polish. This technique is so easy and beginner-friendly. You can get super creative and use whatever combination of colors you would like! 

Let me know what you guys think in the comments! 

Suggested materials:
  • White nail polish
  • Nail polish in different colors
  • Clear top coat
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  • Heather Heather on Feb 24, 2022

    This looks like it's something that my clumsy fingers could actually do, lol, I can't paint my nails without getting nail polish on my fingers, especially on my right hand when I use my left hand which just isn't a good thing💅👈😂.

  • Carol Stewart Carol Stewart on May 08, 2023

    Will definitely try this, looks very cool!