From negative space manicures to floral decals, there are a number of nail art designs to obsess over thanks to the endless scroll of social media. One trend you’ve probably seen beauty bloggers raving about lately is the marble manicure. This look gives you the abstract print of marbles on your fingers and toes. And while it may seem difficult to achieve, the design is actually pretty simple with the right tools and a little practice.
Nail artist Connie Lee, of @blingyournails, is here to show us how.
Before starting, make sure you have all the right tools in front of you. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Base coat
- 2-5 nail polish colors of your choosing
- 1 container filled with room temperature, bottled water
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton swabs
- Top coat
How to paint marble nails in eight easy steps:
- Start by applying a clear base coat and moisturizing around your nails; let dry. This will help the polish stick and make it easier to peel off excess nail polish from your skin.
- Paint your nails with a light polish, preferably white or a subtle pastel color. Repeat and let dry.
- Add drops of nail polish to the container of water; do not submerge the brushes in the water, but rather let the polish drip into the water. Add the colors one at a time, so they form a layer on the surface of the water. Then, use the toothpicks to drag the polish into a fun, marbled design.
- Tape around your fingernail. The tape does not have to be perfectly aligned with the nail, but will make the process of removing excess polish easier later.
- Push the nail down into the water, so the design fully covers your nail.
- Remove the tape and excess nail polish from the skin using a cotton swab and nail polish remover.
- Remove the remaining nail polish from the water using a toothpick. Then, repeat steps three through seven until you’ve painted all your nails.
- Let nails dry, and then finish them with a top coat.
For even more fun, Lee suggests alternating marbled nails with rhinestone nails. Check her out in the video above for an easy-to-follow tutorial.