Tuesday, 2 October 2012

DIY: Marble Effect Nails!

 You will need

  • various coloured pretty nail polishes
  • white nail polish
  • a mug of room temperature water (preferably not in your mums best china)
  • cotton buds
  • nail varnish remover
  • a cocktail stick or sewing needle
Okay prepare for it to be veryy messy! You'll need to do each of these steps quite quickly so that the nail varnish doesn't dry in the water. And don't give up too quickly, it may take a few tries before you get it!

So start by painting each of your nails white. This leaves a nice background base colour for the marble effect & it does look better.
Get your mug of room temperature water & hold the brush above it, allowing a drop of nail varnish to fall in. This should spread out across the water. Inside each colour, add another drop until it starts to look like this. Do this about 5 or 6 times!

Next, using the cocktail stick/sewing needle/other pointy apparatus, carefully swirl the drops to make a pattern. Keep it simple, and remember don't rush, but be quite quick as it will dry!
If it dries to much it won't swirl very well & might look like this. If so, dont worry, get your finger in there & if it doesnt work, try again. To clear the mug & start a new finger, use the cotton bud to gather it all to the edge & it will lift out easily.

(Haven't got a picture for the next part, but once you've made your swirly, marble effect in the water, rest your finger nail upside-down over the pattern, slightly submerged in the water & lightly blow at the excess (to make it dry|). Take your finger out and allow it to dry. Do all 10 nails, allowing enough time for them all to dry.
It should look something like this....
Next is the clean-up operation. Once you've done the above steps to all your nails, and allowed them enough time to dry, you need to wipe the nail polish off of your fingers. Do this using cotton wool pads/tissue and cotton buds coated with nail varnish remover. The cotton buds are especially effective at cleaning around the nail, so that you don't take any of the design off the nail! 

And here's the finished product! Comment if you have any questions or anything. Go here if you wanna watch a video that breaks it down a bit slower!

I was actually meant to have this post up a few days ago, but works been hectic & I've been out & about with friends and the chap :) But I'm on top of things, and been brainstorming for the blog & scouting magazines and shops n' stuff for inspiration. So there's plenty of posts comin' your way!

P.S Thanks Mevans for helping me out with this one :) utter babe.


  1. I love this, and you make it look so easy! I reckon if you put Vaseline on your fingers the nail varnish wouldn't stick to them, so you'd have less of a clean-up job afterwards :) x

    1. Aw thanks, yeah it was quite messy! Great tip :) I'll definitely be trying that out next time thank you x

  2. This looks so amazing! I am off to give it a go now!


    1. Oh do :) I'd love to see how it turns out, so make sure you post about it! Thanks lovely x

  3. Hello Dear! I like your blog so much! This is my first visit here but definitely not the last :) Would you like to follow each other? :)


    1. Aw how sweet, thanks lovely. I'll definitely be checking your blog out later :) x

  4. That's awesome, definitely going to try this! I absolutely love your blog. I'm following you and I'd love it if you could follow me back? Anyway, keep up the amazing work! Felicity x


    1. Yeah, it gets a bit messy however. There's a cleaner way, of dotting larger blobs of nail polish onto your nail, and then applying cling film & adding very light pressure. It doesn't quite have the same impact & the marble-effect isn't as obvious, but it's not quite so messy (': Aw thanks poppet, will definitely check out your blog when I've got a bit of time. Emma x