How to: DIY Marble Manicure
Mon, 23 July 2012 11:04AM
Our current nail art obsession at PRIMPED HQ is marble nails. We spotted them at the Tadashi Shoji show at A/W ’12 earlier this year, and although you can get a similar effect from using magnetic polishes, using the marbling technique means you have control over the colours without needing to paint countless coats. And if you’re anything like me and love a little DIY action, then this one is for you.
Before you begin, think about what colours you would like to use. I chose these gorgeous pastel shades, drawing inspiration from the dreamy summertime prints seen at the Zimmermann MBFWA ’12 show. When it comes to nail art, find inspiration in aspects of your everyday life – it might be your favourite item of clothing, a sunset, or you could even theme it for the holiday season.
Without further ado, let’s get started …
What You’ll Need:
- Sticky tape or Scotch Tape
- Depending on how many colours you want to use, of course you’ll need nail polish! Pictured L-R: Chanel Le Vernis in Beige (out September 2nd), $39, Limited Edition Thakoon for Nars Nail Polish in Kutki, $32, Mecca Cosmetica, M.A.C Nail Polish in Saint Germain, $22, M.A.C Cosmetics, Essie Resort Collection 2012 in She’s Picture Perfect (out August 1st) $18.95, from David Jones
- Sally Hansen Quick Care Conditioning Manicure Corrector, $16.95, from Priceline or nail polish remover and a cotton tip
- Nail file, for shaping
- Cuticle sticks or toothpicks. I use the Manicare Cuticle Sticks, $2.70, from Priceline for a pack of four
- Small clear plastic containers. You can get these from your local craft store for under $5
Begin by applying one thin coat of your base colour. I used Chanel Le Vernis in Beige (out September 2nd), a soft, delicate beige. It’s just enough for a hint of cream showing through in the final product. The reason for applying a base colour is if you miss a smidge of nail with your marbling, you’ll still have a pretty polish peeping through. Once dry, grab your sticky tape and apply one strip in line under the base of your nail. Next, apply one around the sides and across the top of your nail.
Fill your small plastic container close to the brim with water. With the nail polish you have chosen, begin by popping one drop of nail polish in the water at a time. And then add another drop of polish in the centre of the previous colour. You’ll notice each nail polish will react differently, but it all works to create a different effect. Here’s what it should look like:
And now for my favourite part. Grab your cuticle stick or toothpick and begin drawing a pattern in the polish. I find it looks best if you begin in the centre and drag the polish to the outside of the circle. Do this 5-6 times, drawing from the centre outwards.
You should hopefully get the pattern looking a little something like this:
Now it’s time for the dipping! Start with your pinkie, and gently lower it into the water, ensuring that your whole nail is covered. You need to work fast, as the polish will dry up quickly in the water, creating a film. Then go onto the next finger. If you find that the polish has dried, empty out your container and refill the water, and repeat Step 2.
Unwrap the sticky tape from your nail and, using the Sally Hansen Quick Care Conditioning Manicure Corrector, wipe off any excess nail polish that may have gone onto your finger or cuticle. Quick tip: if you don’t have a nail corrector pen, use a cotton tip dipped in the remover, as you don’t want to remove the polish from your nail.
And here’s the finishing product!
Tell me Primpettes, what do you think of the marble nail art? Love it?
Have you tried it? If so, do you use any particular techniques to get it right?
What colour combination would you choose?