How to Make Watermarble Decals

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Today I’m going to show you how I make watermarble decals! After I accidentally discovered this method, I vowed to never dunk my finger in water again! My watermarbles aren’t perfect, but they are a far cry better than what they used to look like and on top of that, clean up us a lot easier!


Step One is to do the marble in water like usual. You will want enough to cover all your fingers. I usually make a little extra just in case one gets messed up somewhere during the process. I have found good success using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri so this time I used Greased Lightening, Navy Fleet, and Rapid Red. You want to keep putting in drops until the polish stops expanding. Then, use a toothpick or a sewing needle to create the designs.


Step Two go do errands, eat a meal, fold some laundry. The longer you can wait, the better. The polish is going to dry on top of the water and will become almost plastic-like in consistency.

Step Three use a toothpick or a needle to gently separate the decal from the cup around the entire perimeter.


Step four Use two pairs of tweezers to pull the decal out and place on a plastic bag or saran wrap. I keep the tweezers at about 10 and 2 to prevent it from folding in on itself.


You don’t technically have to put them on plastic, but it certainly makes the decals easier to manipulate for the next step.


Step Five Use scissors to cut fingernail-sized decals. This part is one of the reasons I strongly prefer doing decals instead of dunking for watermarbling. This allows you more control over what parts of the design end up on your nails.


Step Six Apply base coat to one nail and then immediately peel the decal off the plastic and place it on the basecoat while it’s still wet. It’s important to do this one at a time because you want to base coat to be slightly tacky as this allows for the decal to stick to the nail. The plastic will not end up on your nail.


Step Seven Use cuticle clippers to snip off the excess decal. You won’t be able to get all of it, but try to get as much as you can. Whatever polish is left on the skin can be cleaned up with acetone and a clean up brush. (Or just take a shower :P)



Fairy Dust is optional!


I hope you found this watermarble decal tutorial helpful! Ever since I found out about this method, I knew that I would do a lot more of this type of nail art!


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Author: Anne

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