Horizontal Water Marble Over Holographic Polish

It’s pretty obvious I have been into water marble lately, isn’t it? This is largely because I am pretty dead-set on improving my skills: I loooove a good water marble! After doing this mani, I feel like I have pretty much mastered the horizontal stripe method!

I started this mani off with two coats of Loreal – A Masked Affair (swatched by itself here). Worn by itself, I would normally wear three coats of this polish, but since the marble on top was going to be pretty dense and color-saturated, two is plenty!

I added a coat of Seche Vite on top to aid in drying time. Once they were completely dry, I taped off my nails and then began my marble.

I used Fresh Paint – Glastonberry, Sally Hansen – Bubblegum Pink, ORLY – Cotton Candy and for the clear sections between each color I used ORLY – Nailtrition. I know using the Nailtrition may seem like an odd choice for this, but we didn’t play well together, so it’s a happy coincidence that I can use it this way to get rid of it.

Below is a step by step of how I made my marble pattern:

Horizontal Water Marble: Step by Step
Horizontal Water Marble: Step by Step
  • Step 1: Drop your colors, alternating solid colors with your clear.
  • Step 2: Use an orange stick to drag gently from the center to one edge and anchor the polish on the side of your cup/bowl, then drag from the center to the opposite side and once again anchor the polish.
  • Step 3: Begin dragging your stick from one side to the other, first in one direction, then in the opposite, creating a wide zig-zag patter. Anchoring the polish each time you drag it helps to keep the polish in place.
  • Step 4: Continue this across the cup until finished, being sure to wipe excess polish off your orange stick every few passes. This will help to keep your lines more precise. You can dip multiple fingers at a time with this technique, so it can go pretty fast.

Here is my final result:

Horizontal Stripe Water Marble
Horizontal Stripe Water Marble


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Loreal – A Masked Affair
  • Fresh Paint – Glastonberry
  • Sally Hansen – Bubblegum Pink
  • ORLY – Cotton Candy
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I am super pleased with how this mani turned out! I actually ended up wearing it for 3 days, which is a long time for me! I love this marble technique and since it is so easy to do, I think this only took me one hour from start to finish.