Water Spotted Turquoise Nails: How To

This technique is related to water marbling, so if you wanna try it but you’re totally lost, look up “water marbled nails” and “water spotted nails” on YouTube.

This is much quicker and easier than it looks!


  • Black, gold and turquoise/blue nail polish
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • A disposable plastic cup
  • A jug of water
  • A bucket
  • A roll of sticky tape
  • Tooth-picks or skewers
  • Pure alcohol in a spray bottle (I used isopropyl. I’ve heard that perfume also works well)
  • Acetone and an eyeliner brush to clean up


  • Apply base coat and turquoise nail polish.
  • Add some gold flecks using the brush that comes in the bottle.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Fill the cup with water almost to the top.
  • Get your sticky tape and cover the end of your finger to at least the first knuckle, leaving the nail showing.
  • Take the black polish and drip 3 - 4 drops onto the surface of the water, holding the brush quite close to the surface so that the drops don’t sink. The black polish should spread out to almost cover the surface of the water.
  • Take your spray alcohol and spray it once or twice into the cup. The droplets of alcohol will hit the black polish and repel it, creating holes.
  • Dip your taped finger into the water, nail-face first.
  • Without removing your dipped finger, take the skewer or similar and use it to collect up all of the excess polish still sitting on top of the water (you might have to wait for it to set; it only takes a few seconds).
  • Take your finger from the water and remove the tape. I find the tape removal to be easiest when I use tweezers.
  • After you’ve done a couple of fingers, the polish will stop spreading because of the alcohol in the water. Dump the water into the bucket and pour a fresh cup from the jug.
  • Once you’ve done all your fingers, use acetone and a brush (or whatever you find easiest) to remove all of the excess black from your fingers and cuticles.
  • Add topcoat.


  1. I got this idea from Spektor’s Nails.
  2. If you have some skin staining, I find that a short soak in a bicarb soda solution makes it easy to rub off.
  3. The turquoise is a “frankenpolish” that I mixed up myself.

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Posted on Tuesday, 16 April
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