It's been awhile since I've done a water marble, and I just bought the prettiest color to do one in! Chinas Glaze's Periwinkle!
I used Wet N Wild's black and white, and China Glaze's Periwinkle which I had just bought and was itching to use! I love it so much, I am going to do another mani with it right after!
So many people have asked me how I do a water marble, that I decided to include some pictures of most of the steps. For a real tutorial, go to YouTube and type in "Water Marble Nail Art." Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures has very awesome, easy to understand tutorials there.
So, my fist step, after picking my colors out, was to paint my nails with a base coat of the lightest color I had chosen. In this case, it was white. It isn't necessary to paint more than one coat, because the water marble will cover any flaws.
The 2nd step is to tape off the nails that you are going to dip in water. Don't tape off ALL of your nails, because you will have a hard time functioning during the marbling. I dipped the pinkie, ring and middle finger at the same time; therefore I taped all three.
Start by taping up against the cuticle. The 2nd piece of tape will go in a "U" shape under your nail and up both sides next to the nail.
Next, you need a small cup filled with filtered, room-temperature water. Loosen the caps on all of the polishes you will use. Then drip a drop of polish into the water. Drop the 2nd color into the first, and the 3rd color into the 2nd, and so on until you have about 12 total drops in the water. It will look like this. The next step is to make a pattern in the polish with an orange stick. I didn't take a picture of that because I had to work quickly before the polish dried. Just lightly draw random patterns in the polish, cleaning the orange stick as you go.
This is what my nails looked like after I dipped them.
After they are dipped, I took the tape off and tried to get any excess water off of my nails by shaking them a little. I then top coated with some Seche Vite, and cleaned up any extra polish around the nail with q-tips and nail polish remover.