With the Memorial Weekend coming up in the States, it's fun to get a little patriotic with red, white, and blue. Learn how to get to master the marble nail—Americana style.
In broad, even strokes, apply a thin layer of clear base coat. After, apply a thin layer of white polish to helped the marble design pop (we used Essie Nail Polish in 337 Waltz).
Next, tape the skin with scotch tape to protect it from excess polish. Tear off two to three-inch strips and tape off all of the skin surrounding the nail and the pads of fingers; do this for each finger. Then, take a smaller strip of tape and wrap around the cuticles to completely isolate the nail bed. If you don't have tape on hand, avoid extra polish gunk on fingers by prepping the skin with baby oil or Vaseline.
Fill a tall cup no more than five inches wide with filtered tepid water (this water handles the polish better). Make sure to fill the water closer to the rim so it's easier to dip. We're using plastic for easy cleanup, and we simultaneously prepared two cups to dip two fingers at once. Don't use more than two cups at a time otherwise the polish dries in the water.
In the water, drop polish in concentric circles. To create a custom psychedelic look, use an orange stick to swirl the nail polish in the water until you get a desired pattern. We decided to stick with geometric and circular shapes, so we didn't alter the original design. Thinner nail polish formulas in cream textures work best for water marbling.
Dip each individual nail bed parallel to the water until your nail is completely coated. While your nails are still submerged, use an orange stick or toothpick to pick up all excess nail polish floating in the water that's not on your fingers (this prevents your design from smudging when you pull your nail out). Lift your nails out in the same parallel motion you entered in. If your water becomes dirty after multiple uses, refill your cup or clean excess residue with a clean toothpick or orange stick. Do this for each finger.
After your nails dry for a few minutes, gently peel off the tape and remove excess polish.
Apply a glossy top coat and you've got yourself a marvelously marbled memorial day nail look!