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Nail Trend: Nail Marbling

It is amazing how trends come back around! I remember as a little girl, my older cousin would go to the nail salon and come back with these colorful, intricate swirls on her acrylic nails. Almost 20 years later, an evolved version of the “marbling” trend has re-emerged!

From what I recall, past marbling techniques involved putting globs of paint directly onto the nail and creating the design or swirl directly on the nail. Now, it is much more simple with less mess and minimal dry time. What you will need for marbling are at least two nail polishes, a toothpick, and a bowl of water. When choosing colors for the marbling effect, remember that glitter or metallic shades won’t work for this technique. Also, some brands are more watery than others and won’t work well either. Use trial and error to see which polishes work best for this. I used Rimmel London.

As for nail prep, start off with white polish on your nails as a base. You can tape around the nails to ensure there won’t be too much clean up. (I was too excited and skipped this step.)

Start out with a bowl full of room temperature water. If it is to0 cold or warm, the nail polish won’t spread.

Once the base on your nails in completely dry, start with the marbling. In the bowl, add drops of the nail polish into the water. (If it quickly spreads, you have chosen the right one.)Tip: You have to be fast when marbling, so keep the nail polish bottles loosely capped. Begin adding colors quickly into your bowl of water, then create the swirl pattern you would like.

nail manicure marbling

Dip the nail bed into the swirl and carefully remove finger. Tip: Sometimes you can put two nails at once with some practice. The nail polish dries quickly on the surface of the water, so make sure to remove the film on top of the water when you start over.

VOILA, now you have marble nails!

nail manicure marbling

Have you tried the Marble Nail Technique? Any tips or tricks? Let us know below!

-Vernize Rios


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