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How to Do a Marble Manicure

Learn how to do a marble manicure from Spa Taxi owner Danielle Corbin Jaime in this Howcast nail tutorial.


Now I'm going to show you how to do some fun nail art at home. One of the latest nail art trends right now is marbleizing. You take a regular eight ounce cup of water and drop nail polish into the water to create and awesome pattern. Use as many colors as you like, or as few as you like. Today we're going to use pink, white, and a pretty blue, just in time for spring.

It's really important to make sure that you keep the water at room temperature, so if it's a little cold, let it sit, and then start with your first base of color to create a film on top of the water so that the polish will look opaque on top.
You have a few options in terms of creating the marbleizing. You can use a dime tool, which also makes really nice, different shaped polka dots on your nails and you can use as many colors as you want, or you can use the orange wood stick. As long as you create the swirl, you can have as much fun as you like and you can do it on all 10 nails if you don't mind every pattern looking different. So let's create the swirl.

You tape the finger, don't forget. You can either tape all around the finger or you can use some cuticle oil and just put it around the skin really quickly, so that the rest of the polish that's in the bowl, in the cup, doesn't adhere to the fingernail. So you dip it in, and then you lift it, pull it up, to put the pattern on the fingernail. And then you just wipe the rest away.
Make sure you clean up before you go on to the next nail.

So, after you've cleaned up the nail, you can see the pattern on top. It's a nice translucent color with hints of blue and white. Keep in mind that if you do all 10 nails, each pattern will look different. If you want the colors to look vibrant and really vivid, use opaque colors, brighter colors, neon colors. Sometimes this even depends on the consistency of the polish. If the polish is a little older, the colors may look a little brighter, but you don't want it to be too old where it's sticky and then it makes a mess.

But here you have it. Marbleized nails.

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