At first glance, marble nail art looks like something you’d need to have professionally done. Not true; this is something really easy to do on your own – not to mention it’s really fun. Anything that allows me to play with different colors and get my hands dirty, I’m in. That said, you don’t have to get your hands dirty to do this. Here’s how to do marble nail art!
What you need: different colors of nail polish – I recommend 3-5 different colors. I chose a really soft, muted palette because I don’t like when my nails are too bright. You’ll also need a cup – any kind of plastic cup will work, but these little shot-glass sized Solo cups are perfect. Lastly you’ll need some water to put in the cup and a few toothpicks. Be sure to use room temperature water – if it is too cold, the nail polish will harden quickly.
Note: Be sure to do this project over paper towels or a surface you don’t mind getting dirty! It can get a bit messy.
Also, if you prefer to not get your hands dirty (since you will be dipping your fingers in nail polish) you can coat your fingers (not the nails!) with Vaseline first so the polish doesn’t stick to your skin, or you could try putting tape around your fingertips, leaving the nails exposed. If you just dip your fingers in the polish, like I did, you just need to wait until it dries and then carefully remove it from your skin using nail polish remover and cotton swabs.
To get marble nails, you simply pour a small amount of polish, one color at a time, into your cup. As you add more colors it will form a bulls-eye shape.
Do this as quickly as possible so that the polish doesn’t start to harden in the water. When you’re finished it should look something like this:
Now use the toothpick and make your design of choice in the water. I simply swirled it around a bit to get the marbled effect.
Once you’re happy with your design, start dipping your fingers straight into the polish, one by one. The best part about this is if you’re normally not very good at painting your nails (I am not) it won’t matter, because you’re just dipping your nails!
When you dip your nails in, the polish will stick, leaving you with a pretty marbled polish on your fingernail! I love that each nail is slightly different, as well.
Once the polish is dry, use nail polish remover and cotton swabs to clean the polish off your skin, and voila! Marble nails.