Water Marble Tips & Tricks

Since I’ve started my Instagram page about a year ago, I’ve had people commenting on my water marble posts saying that they can’t get the hang of it. So I thought I’d write a blog to help those of you who struggle with water marbling.

I’m going to be honest, it took me a good two or three months to learn. But what I did learn, is that there isn’t a “knack.” There are merely things to remember. There isn’t one particular way of doing it. 

So let’s get into it…

The first thing that became very apparent to me was that all polishes water marble to a certain extent. 

But what polishes are the best?

Cream polishes. In my experience, they never fail. The majority of cream polishes have a thicker consistency. Therefore they take longer to dry in the water, you have more time to play with them. 

Also, metallics water marble well. 

What polishes should I avoid?

Chunky glitter polish, only micro glitter have a decent chance. Glitter polishes have a thinner base, so they dry quickly. You have much less time to work with. Also textured polishes aren’t the best.

Through all of my experiments, and there have been a lot! I’ve found that using the same brand really helps. You’re using the same consistency, so one colour won’t swallow another whole. 

Also, don’t mix different types of polish, like using a micro glitter and a cream probably won’t work. As the glitter will dry a lot quicker than the cream.

Most YouTube tutorials I’ve watched and blogs I’ve read say that room temperature water is the best. Personally, I use lukewarm water. Just run the tap until you feel the tiniest bit of warmth coming through. Then fill up your cup. Warmer water won’t allow the polish to dry as quickly. 

So what happens when the polish is on the water? Well, you can you a water marble tool that most nail art companies are selling now. Or, a sewing needle or a very small dotting tool. Gently drag the tool over the surface of the water, cleaning the tool on a tissue or cotton pad after each stroke. 

When you’re happy with the design, if the polish is still really wet, leave it for 20 – 30 seconds. The design should stick to the took but not come right up. Place your finger horizontally into the water and use a cotton bud (Q tip) to clean the water. When there is no dried polish left, pull your finger out.

Here is my latest water marble video. 👇

So I hope I helped some of you! Let me know if this worked for you. 

Thank you for reading,



Sandy Beach Inspired Water Marble Nail Art Video

Here’s my latest nail art video tutorial. The colours reminded me of a sandy beach. Enjoy! 

Any enquiries? Feel free to email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com. 


My First Water Marble Nail Art Video!

Are you ready to see my first water marble nail art video tutorial? The video for it will be up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress tonight. But, you can click the link here – https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCeM5cLPglC33WfP4zwxomJQ to head to my YouTube channel to see it now! 

I hope you like it,

Anne. 😄

Red & White Water Marble Picture Tutorial

Hi everybody! So today I have an exciting blog post for you! It is my first picture tutorial blog. I was originally going to use my WordPress site for nail polish reviews, but I decided to incorporate all of my nail polish reviews, nail art tutorials and nail art into one site.

So, without further ado… Let’s get started!

So this is what we’re aiming to achieve today…


It looks difficult, but really, it’s not.

Here’s what  you’ll need:

  1. Cuticle and nail oil. (Optional.)
  2. A nail file. (Optional.)
  3. A good quality base coat.
  4. Nail polish remover.
  5. Red nail lacquer/polish.
  6. Liquid latex/palisade. (Optional.)
  7. A cup.
  8. White nail lacquer/polish.
  9. Clear nail polish, top coat or base coat.
  10. A good quality top coat.


I’m you are going to use a nail and cuticle oil, begin with that. I used O.P.I’s Avoplex oil. Apply a thin layer to all of your nails and cuticles, this includes the space where dirt gets into your nails, (this area is helps your nails grow too.) Now rub in the oil gently.

I then filed all of my nails to even them all out. But you don’t have to do this if you’re happy with the shape of your nails.


Now, a lot of people will disagree with this step, but I do it because it helps my manicure last longer. I dehydrate my nails with nail polish remover. This allows the base coat to stick to your nature nails a lot better. Get a cotton bud/Q tip and soak it in the remover. Gently run the bud over the surface of your nails, being careful not to touch the skin around your nails. We want the oil to stay there.

Now that your nails are prepped, apply a thick layer of your base coat. I used Superdrugs three in one base coat, ridge filler and growth enhancer.


.Once that is dry, you can apply your nail colour. I’m using Son Of A Nutcracker by China Glaze.


While that’s drying, you can apply your liquid latex, or, if you have a latex allergy, you could use liquid palisade. Some people don’t like using a liquid, some people use tape or nothing at all. They just clean up afterwards with cotton pads and clean up brushes dipped in Acetone.


I like to put the latex right down to the second knuckle. This just prevents any excess nail polish on your skin.

Next fill your cup/container with semi warm water. Most people would recommend using room temperature water, but I think warm water works better.

This is my water marble cup, as you can see, it’s been used a lot!


Now, this is the tricky bit. This trick is to take your time. This is why I choose to use warm water, it stops the polish drying on the waters surface quickly. Starting with your white, drop one drop of polish into the water. If you’re using a weak white, use two drops. Now drop one drop of your clear polish, (top and base coats can also be used for this.) Alternate between the two polishes until you have 4 – 5 rings of each colour. It doesn’t matter which colour you end with. Now take a sewing needle or orange wood stick, and marble your design. I start in the centre and pull out at both sides, then I worked up and down. Turn your cup and work up and down again. By the end, you should have a pattern that looks a little like this…


Now, all you need to do is dip your nail flat into the water. Wait a few seconds and with a cotton bud, clean the rest of the water and pull out your finger. With a cotton pad, dab the water away and peel of your latex! If you have any polish around the sides of your nail, take a small paint brush dipped in nail polish remover and clean it up.

You’re done!

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