Superficial snack: rainbow water-marbled nails

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Rainbow nails are the shit, whether you're matching a full-on rainbow wedding or just want to sneak in a little funky touch. Twitter user @exceedingly sent us this video tutorial on how to create that water-marbled nails look. And of course, you can do this with any color combination!

Full disclosure: this looks pretty advanced. Try it a few times well before the wedding to make sure you've got the technique down. Or just take the photos to your manicurists and see if they can tackle it for you. If all else fails, rainbow glitter nail polish or nail bling to the rescue.

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Comments on Superficial snack: rainbow water-marbled nails

  1. So I tried do the rainbow nails, it was not easy but after a few tries got it to work. One tutorial did have a great hint: the higher quality polishes do in fact work better for this. However, I got it to work with polish from Hot Topic so you don’t have to go too high class.

    As for my nails, just going with (hopefully) gray tips.

  2. Well, I’m married already, but this is AWESOME. I may have to stop biting my nails. :/

  3. OMG that is mind meltingly awesome! Nail polish in water??? Who knew?? Must try… I have 2 little girls I could practice on too

  4. My sister and I discovered this awhile back and we made a mess of the nail polish before we figured out the right way to do this! It defiantly takes some practice before it looks good like the video.

    The way I did them for a semi-formal event was I bought the french nail guide tape from Sally’s and I tye-dyed the tips. It looked really cool.

    Also, crackle nail polish over it would look sweet!

  5. I. DIE.

    nancy is gonna hate me when i come in with this video! may not be the look i go for on my wedding day, but i do love me some crazy paint jobs on my acrylics…

  6. You can also cheap out and use scotch tape instead of buying fench manicure tape. I’m thinking of a french manicure with turquoise tips.

  7. I don’t think this is mentioned in the tutorial, but people often comment on other, similar tutes that it’s best to use filtered water. I’m not 100% sure why, but I can say that I tried to do this with my parents super chlorinated tap water and had absolutely no luck.

    • Mixing any kind of paint with water generally works better with distiller or filtered water. Tap water generally has a lot of minerals and debris that can get caught in, and gunk up your paint.

      Hope this tip helps. 😀

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