10 Amazing Examples of Water Marble Nails That Totally Nail It

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Remember when you painted Easter eggs or made tie-dyed shirts as a kid? 

Well, creating water marble nails is a lot like that. Water marbling is a hot, new nail art design that is fun, enjoyable, and bound to turn some heads!

Read on for some of our favorite water marble nail designs as well as some tips and tricks on how to water marble nails on your own!

What Are Water Marble Nails?

Water Marble Nails

Water marble nails are a type of nail art where you create a marbled pattern using nail polish and water.

The process involves dropping different colors of nail polish onto the surface of the water and swirling them together to create unique designs. 

Once the design is complete, you dip your nails into the water, and the polish adheres to your nails, creating a stunning marble effect.

How to Create Water Marble Nails

If you’re a nail technician looking to up your game and impress your clients with some stunning nail art, water marble nails are the way to go. 

This technique creates a mesmerizing swirl of colors that is sure to turn heads. But how do you achieve this fabulous look? Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Before we dive in, let’s make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand.

What You’ll Need

  • A small bowl of water
  • Nail polish remover
  • A handful of tissues
  • Sticky tape
  • Water marbling nail polish
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  •  Tooth picks
  •  Q-tips
  • Scissors
  • An old towel or rag

Once you have the necessary items nearby, now you can start water marbling nails.

A Step-by-Step Guide To Create Water Marble Nails

Step 1: Prep Those Nails

Prep Nails

Before you dive into the world of water marbling, make sure your nails are prepped and ready to go. Trim, file, and clean your nails as you normally would.

Don’t forget to apply a base coat to protect your natural nails and ensure a smooth canvas for your water marble design.

Step 2: Choose Your Colors

Color Palette

Now it’s time to choose your water marbling nail polish colors. You can use one or multiple colors for a more intricate design.

Remember, this is your chance to get creative and experiment with different combinations. Go wild!

Step 3: Protect Your Skin

Skin Protection

Water marbling can get a little messy, so it’s important to protect your skin from stray polish. Carefully place sticky tape around your nails and on the skin surrounding them.

This will create a barrier and make clean-up a breeze. Just be sure to avoid sticking tape to your freshly painted nails.

Step 4: Let’s Marble!


Now comes the fun part! Fill a bowl with room temperature water and add a drop or two of your chosen water marble nail polish colors. The polish should spread out on the surface of the water.

Step 5: Swirl Away


Using a toothpick or a water marbling tool, gently swirl the polish in the water to create your desired design. 

You can make concentric circles, waves, or any other shape that tickles your fancy. Get creative and let your imagination run wild!

Step 6: Dive In

Marble Nail

One finger at a time, gently place your nail into the water, making sure to fully submerge it. Hold it there for a few seconds to allow the polish to adhere to your nail. 

Then, slowly lift your nail out of the water, marveling at the beautiful marble pattern that’s magically transferred onto your nail.

Step 7: Clean Up The Edges

Clean Up Nail Edges

Once you’ve marbled all your nails, carefully remove the sticky tape from your skin. This will reveal clean, polished skin and protect it from any stray polish. 

You can also use a clean-up brush dipped in acetone to tidy up any small mistakes.

Step 8: Seal With Topcoat

Nail Top Coat

Once your water marble nails are dry, apply a layer of topcoat to seal in the design and add shine. This will also help your water marble nails last longer.

Some topcoats that I can recommend are CND Vinylux Longwear Top Coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.

These topcoats will not only protect your water marble design but also enhance its vibrancy and durability.

Step 9: Dry and Admire

Water Marble Nail Art

Finally, give your water marble nails some time to dry. You can air dry them or use a quick-drying spray if you’re feeling impatient. 

Once they’re dry, take a moment to admire your stunning, one-of-a-kind water marble nail art. You’ve created a masterpiece! 

Check out this video on how to create a water marble nail to see how it’s done!

Tips and Tricks for Success

Creating marble nails with gel polish may take a bit of practice to master, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with some handy tips and tricks:

  • Less is More

Start with a small amount of gel polish and build up the layers gradually. This will give you more control over the marble effect and prevent the colors from blending too much.

  • Experiment with Tools

Don’t limit yourself to just a brush or toothpick. Try using different tools like a sponge, plastic wrap, or even a straw to create unique marble patterns.

  • Play with Texture

For added visual interest, you can experiment with different textures like matte and glossy finishes. Apply a matte top coat to some nails and a glossy top coat to others, creating a dynamic and eye-catching look.

  • Practice on Nail Tips

 If you’re new to creating marble nails, it’s a good idea to practice on nail tips first. This way, you can perfect your technique without the pressure of working on your own nails or a client’s nails.

  • Have Fun and Be Creative

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to marble nails. Let your creativity run wild and have fun with different color combinations, patterns, and techniques. The beauty of marble nails is that each design is unique and one-of-a-kind.

The Water Marble Nail Ideas

Now that you have the technique down, let’s explore some easy water marble nail ideas to get you started:

1. A Crack of Lightning

Badass Water Marble Nails

 Much like a crack of lightning, water marble nails can give off a “flash” of brilliant light or can be as ominous as a loud crack of lightning. These water marble nails do a little bit of both.

 With a little water and a little nail polish, these water marble nails are the perfect storm.

2. Disco Fever

Disco Fever Water Marble Nails

This funky yet retro water marble nail art design will really take you back.

With a perfect blend of bright green, blue, and purple, and a tie-dye effect positioned perfectly on the “ring” finger, this water marble nail art design truly gives off a fun “disco fever” feel.

3. Bright and Badass

Black and Pink Water Marble Nails

Is there anything more badass than black and pink? We didn’t think so either, which is why we had to include this as one of our favorite water marble nails.

As you can see, the water marble nail art design is unique on each nail, with black as the base color and a swirl of pink to give these nails an awesome contrast.

4. Green and Blue Marble Nails

Green and Blue Marble Nails

Create a serene and aquatic look by using shades of green and blue. Perfect for a beach vacation or a summer day by the pool!

5.  Earthy-Toned Marble Nails

Earthy-Toned Marble Nails

Embrace nature with earthy tones like browns, oranges, and some greens. These nails will give off a warm and grounded vibe.

6. Yellow and Pink Marble Nails

Yellow and Pink Marble Nails

Add a pop of color to your nails with a combination of vibrant yellow and playful pink. These nails are sure to brighten up any outfit!

7.  Marble Nails with a Matte Finish

Marble Nails with a Matte Finish

For a modern twist, try a matte top coat over your water marble design. This will give your nails a sophisticated and trendy look.

8. Tie-Dye Marble Nails

Tie-Dye Marble Nails

Combine multiple bright colors in a tie-dye effect for a fun and funky nail design. Let your creativity run wild with this playful look!

9. Pink and Blue Marble Nail

Pink and Blue Marble Nail

A classic combination that never goes out of style. Use shades of pink and blue for a chic and feminine look.

10. Turquoise Marble Nail

Turquoise Marble Nail

Dive into the deep blue sea with a mesmerizing turquoise marble design. Perfect for mermaid enthusiasts or anyone who loves a pop of color!

One of the best things about water marble nails is that each and every design is truly unique. Why not get a little creative and fun? Play with different colors and different designs. 

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! Love these water marble nail art designs? 

Have you tried water marbling nails yourself? If so, we’d love to hear all about it! 

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I'm Lynda Le, a licensed nail technician with over 20 years of experience in the nail and beauty industry. Passionate about sharing my knowledge, I took up blogging in 2016 to connect with others who love beauty as much as I do. For the latest tips and insights, follow me on Twitter at @polishperfectt.