Supplies: Orange stick or toothpick, shot glass or cup (the smaller the circumference, the less polish you end up wasting), room temperature water, nail polish, tape (optional, but it helps with the clean up)
Begin by prepping your nails with base coat and one coat of polish. Here is used China Glaze Innocence for a nice neutral base.
1. Fill your cup with some warm or room temperature water. If the water is too cold, the nail polish will seize up.
2. Choose the polishes you want to work with; keep in mind the opacity of the polish you are using, if its too sheer, it might not look good.
3. Load up the brush and let a big drop of polish fall into the water. Continue with the other colors until you have a fewconcentric circles of polish in the water.
4. Using the toothpick or orange stick, drag through the polish from the edge towards the middle. Continue to drag the stick through the polish until you create a design that you think looks pretty.
5. Optional: Tape around the edge of the nails to protect your fingers from becoming covered with nail polish. Scotch tape works perfectly for this.
6. Holding your finger horizontally, dip your fingernail into the glass, making sure your nail is completely submerged.
7. Use the toothpick/orange stick to trace around your finger, gathering up all the unused nail polish in the glass.
8. Lift your finger out of the glass, and let dry before taking the tape off.
9. Continue with your other nails until you have a full set of beautifully water marbled nails.
10. Slick on your favorite top coat and Voila! All done!
Most importantly, have fun! As with any type of nail art, practice makes perfect, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time, so get dipping.