Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I am a marbling FAILURE!

I don't know how many times I've tried water marbling, but it just isn't happening for me. I am getting better and I'm learning what NOT to do but I haven't come up with anything I'd leave my house with lol.

I desperately want to do a rainbow marbling but apparently anything with a shimmer isn't going to happen. It either dries too fast or ends up looking like a big gunky glob on ugliness on my nails.

This was my first go at it tonight:

This was before I took the tape off and is a perfect example of WHY you should tape your finger up, it is M.E.S.S.Y!!!!!!!!!

The only finger that looked any good was my thumb, I used only cremes and it was PERFECT! So I went ahead and used that green and pink on my right hand. It turned out okay but it's not as nice and crisp as I want it to be. I want them all to look like my left thumb!

See this thumb? Isnt it pretty?

WHHHHHHY? Why can't I get the rest of them to look that good?

This is my right hand, it did turn out better than my right after I started using only the pink and lime creme polishes. Those are the only creme's I had that looked good together.


My middle finger turned out pretty good. Most of them have bubbles in them.

All I want is a pretty marbling mani, is that too much to ask?

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

Now I'm going to go take this mess off and get ready for my first Pink Wednesday :)


  1. that thumb is pretty, i love the colours you used for that one, you should look up youtube tutorials for hints and tips and see where you are going wrong :D

    shel xx

  2. You know what? You're a champ just for attempting it! I have trouble enough cleaning up when I do a regular paint mani, I'm not going anywhere near water marble any time soon.

  3. another tip is to try putting some vaseline, cuticle oil or some other product that wont soak into your skin all around your finger instead of the tape - the polish will still go on the vaseline or whatever you use but you can wipe it straight off with a tissue!

    were you putting your finger under the polish then pulling it up or putting the nail face down on the water? I find that putting my nail face down on the water helps get less bubbles, not sure why! :)

    I think this is still great though, better than some of my poor attempts! I think it must be a difficult art to master and I know i'll never get there!

    your thumb looks GREAT though!

  4. Thanks for the tips! I'm really not sure how I'm putting them in, it's probably a little slanted instead of straight on, I'll try that next time. I like the vaseline idea too, that has got to be easier maneuver your fingers than with tape, that's really a pain in the butt to get off, especially if you're trying not to mess your nails up. lol

  5. i agree, the vaseline works very well! i used it for my 2 attempts at water warbling and it was way easier than tape.

  6. If you drop your polish from too high up it can cause bubbles. Make sure to drop your polish really close to the water. Heck sometimes I accidentally touch the water with the drip while it is still on the brush and it doesn't hurt anything lol. Also, don't blow on your nails or shake the water off when you pull your fingers out of the water...both can cause bubbles. Some polishes just won't work for water marbling...it is all trial and error. It took me forever to get it to work. I was about ready to call it quits but then I decided to give it one last try and whadaya know...it worked LOL. Oh one other thing...for me the only water that works is distilled at room temp or even a little warmer...also make sure there isn't any air blowing in your work area because it will dry the polish on the water. You can google water marble tips and find some good ones...also youtube has some good ones for tips too. Good luck!!!!!


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