How to do marble nails?

The DIY Guide to Marble Effect Nails

If you’re bored with your day-to-day manicure, you should consider trying out something more exciting such as marble nails. Creating marble-effect nails is way easier than it sounds. Just make sure you read through the steps and give it a go! Below are a few methods you can choose from when creating your very own marble nails.

How to do marble nails?

Ever since the marble nail trend exploded a few years back, nail techs, and those dabbling with nail art at home, have been coming up with new ideas on how to create marble nails. There are several techniques available, also depending on the type of nail polish you choose. If you opt for regular nail polish, you can try the water marble nails method. In the case of other manicures, there is the option of hand painting a marble design with a sharpie or with the help of a nail brush. Let’s take a closer look. 

How to do marble gel nails?

If you want to create marble gel nails but don’t have much experience, the Sharpie method may be perfect for you. This technique requires your regular set of tools when doing a gel manicure, as well as a black Sharpie pen, gel residue wipe-off solution, a dappen dish, and one or two thin nail brushes. Once you’ve gathered all the necessary items and have completed your gel manicure, let the marbling begin:

Step 1. 

Pour a small amount of the gel residue wipe-off solution into the dappen dish

Step 2. 

Take the Sharpie pen and draw diagonally three curvy lines over your nail; remember to draw them at some distance from each other

Step 3. 

Dip the nail brush in the gel residue wipe-off solution and smear it gently, using just the tip, over each Sharpie line, making the ink bleed 

Step 4. 

Once you’re done with your desired pattern, wait a few seconds to dry and finish up with a thin layer of top coat to cure it

Marbling with nail polish

Another way to achieve marble nails is the water marble nails technique. This method is a bit different from the previous one, as here you’ll be using regular nail polish. It’s also a pretty fun technique that will bring out your inner artist. Before you start, here’s what you need: 

  • White nail polish for the base and one to three other colours of nail polish
  • A cup or bowl filled with room-temperature water
  • Acetone and cotton balls or swabs
  • A cuticle stick or a toothpick
  • A protector for your cuticles, such as Vaseline or liquid latex
  • A nail brush

And now, onto the water marbling:

Step 1. 

Prep your nails – file, trim, push back the cuticles, and wipe away any dust or excess oil with a cotton ball dipped in acetone

Step 2. 

Paint your nails with a layer of white nail polish, thus creating a base for marbling

Step 3. 

Apply Vaseline or liquid latex to your cuticles

Step 4. 

Pour a few drops of your chosen coloured nail polish onto the water in the bowl and swirl it with a toothpick

Step 5.

Dip your finger into the nail polish in the bowl at a 45° angle

Step 6.

Clean up your cuticles by removing the latex or wiping off the polish with acetone

Step. 7

Once dry, cover your nails with a top coat

Marble acrylic nails

If you decide on creating marble acrylics, you have two tested and approved methods available. The first method is arguably simpler, as it involves first doing the acrylics and then applying nail polish. You can opt for either regular nail polish or gel polish. You can either paint a swirly pattern directly on your nail or apply a ready-made design onto your nail with the help of a stamper. As always, finish with a top coat.

The second method of creating marble acrylic nails is a bit more challenging and may require more skill. The way this works is you first choose two or three colours of powder, including white. Then, when the time comes to apply the powder to the nails, you dip the brush in each colour, beginning with the lightest and finishing with the darkest tone. Place the bead on your nail and gently press it down in different directions. This way, the acrylic will actually do the job and create the desired marble effect. Optionally, if you want to shake things up, you can add sparkling beads between the marble beads.

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