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Nail art: water marbling tutorial

I originally posted this as a series of pictures on my Twitter/Mobypicture account, so if you came to my blog via a tweet of mine, you probably have seen this before. But, I figured I'd post the whole thing as a single tutorial up here. As this is going to be quite picture-heavy, you can continue reading after the break :)

Here's all the supplies. A bowl of water, a Q-tip and nail polish remover for the cleanup, toothpicks to draw the marble pattern, and multiple colours of nail polish, preferably high contrast ones so the pattern will really stand out. The colours I used here are China Glaze Midnight Ride and China Glaze White on White. Also used but not pictured is a roll of masking tape.

Oh, and by the way, you can click all of these images for a larger version.

Step 1: Masking tape. Looks silly, saves you a lot of cleanup time later. I'm already wearing a single coat of Midnight Ride as a base.

Step 2: Drizzle alternating drops of polish into the water-filled bowl. They will spread out onto the surface of the water in rings. Pour each new drop of polish into the centre of the last ring.

Step 3: Draw a pattern. I use a toothpick for this. Work from the outside to the centre, but don't start all the way outside the polish area or you'll destroy it. Start in the outermost ring.

Step 4: Put in your finger, nail side down. In one swift movement, dunk in your finger until the tip is completely beneath the surface. Use the toothpick to shove the remaining polish to the edge of the bowl and come back up.

Step 5: One nail done! The pattern on the water surface has now been transferred to your nail. Gently blow away any air bubbles and let dry. Note how the excess polish got caught on the masking tape instead of your finger.

Step 6: Repeat for all nails. Make sure to clear away the old polish from the surface of the water before starting on a new nail.

Step 7: Remove the masking tape. Take off the icky wet tape and enjoy your pretty marble patterns.

Final step: Clean up the edges and cuticles and apply a top coat. I used a q-tip for this and applied one coat of Seche Vite Dry-fast top coat. Aaaand you're done!

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  1. thank you!!!! :) my nails are pretty now!

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