Monday, 25 April 2011

Marbled Nails

I saw this on the Fashion Spot and thought it was worth sharing.

Have you noticed how nail art is more frequently popping up this season? Well I just love it, but it is pretty expensive to get a manicure every week or two so why not do it yourself?

Here's some instructions of how to do your own marbled nail manicure, courtesy of tFS.

Before you start, get a paper towel or tissue, you’ll need it when you’re marbling. Get a small bowl and fill it with room temperature water. You don’t want the water to be too cold or else the polish won’t spread, or too warm because it will spread too quickly.
  1. Apply your base coat as usual and one coat of another polish. You want most of your nail color to come from the marbling, but having a colored base often fills in the gaps and results in a brighter manicure.
  2. Apply clear tape around the tips of your fingers. This is the most time consuming step but it is worth it when you are finished as there is less excess polish. There is some debate as to whether applying oil around your nail works the same way, but I find tape much easier to remove.
  3. Carefully drip a drop of nail polish into the water. Repeat with multiple colors to create a bulls eye effect.
  4. With a pin or toothpick, working quite quickly, swirl the polish to create the desired marble effect.
  5. Place your nail facing down into the water where you want the design to appear. It is imperative that you keep your nail under water or else the design may shift.
  6. With your toothpick or pin, clear away the excess polish from the water. It should pull away easily after a few seconds.
  7. Repeat with all of your nails, remove the tape, and apply topcoat as usual. Note, you may see water droplets trapped under the polish. Most of these will even out with the application of topcoat.
It takes some practice, but with a bit of free time it can result in an amazing nail art effect. See below for my attempt at water marbled nails (as you can see, I keep mine quite short but this effect looks great on longer nails). 

Read more:Beauty DIY: Water Marbled Nails | The Fashion Spot 

If this is still super confusing I found this video. 

Have fun!

Marble Nail Art from Emma Jade on Vimeo.



  1. Ah Woww! This is an Amazing idea, i am Excited to try this Tomorrow and i'll let you know how it Turns out xD ...and Perhaps i'll Blog about it and Reference your Site =)

    Love Shncc "/


  2. Hey! And here it is =) ...

    **Nail Art** @

    Hope you like it xx


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