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Monday, August 22, 2011

Makeup and Muses: Marble Nails

Perusing Refinery 29 the other day and I stumbled upon this marble nail DIY. So, I decided to try it out myself and give you lovely muses a tutorial in the process.
(I haven't done a nails of the day since I learned how to use crackle polish).

What You'll Need

~white nail polish ~ scotch tape ~ a disposable cup ~ water ~ a plastic utensil ~ a combination of colorful polishes ~ scissors ~ napkin

1. Paint your nails in white as a base coat
2. Place a piece of tape just below your nail and then another piece just around your nail (this is so the skin around your nail is covered in tape, but not the nail itself)

3. Fill your disposable cup with room temperature water (the cup should be disposable because the polish will mess it up, and the water should be room temperature to allow for better separation)
4. Now take one of your colored polishes and start to add drops of polish into the water-filled cup. Continue this process with the other colored polishes (I used 3 different colors)

5. Use your plastic utensil (I had a spoon) and place the tip of it just on the surface of the polishes in the water. Use it to separate the colors and make a design.
6. Then dip your finger into the cup at the most concentrated area of colors

7. Use the utensil to scoop up the rest of the polish around your nail in the water--it'll come right up.
8. Take your finger out and remove the tape. If you taped correctly (which takes some getting used to) you should only have polish on your actual nail instead of all over your finger.
9. Repeat the process for all of your fingers

*I don't think my water was exactly room temperature because it didn't separate as nicely as I wanted it to. Also, I found the Sally Hansen (the pink) polish to work a lot better than the two Confetti polishes.

**Since my polishes weren't separating how I wanted them to, I ended up placing my fingers into the least concentrated area instead, which gave me a more defined look.

I hope you muses were able to follow this tutorial well enough to recreate your own marble nails.
What do you think?


SomeKindOfStyle said...

how fabulous! a DIY Nail Polish! great idea! xoxo

Tilly said...

nice.i like that...

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adore the colours. Was unfamiliar with the Marble Nails, but it seems like an interesting way to adorn one's nails;-)

MosaMuse said...

this is so interesting!! love it!!

Tanvi said...

Seems easy enough! :)

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Courtney Erin said...

Wow, I've got to try this!

xoxo ~ Courtney

The PvdH Journal said...

WOW! hehe I would have NEVER EVER thought of doing that! Pretty awesome!


modanista junkie said...

This is so awesome and way cool!! I so need to try this. :)


Wida said...

I've seen this everywhere! I really want to try it one day! I wonder if glitter nail polish will work with this too?!

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Harija said...

great DIY project!
Also, thank you so much for the lovely comment =)

Couture Carrie said...

So cool!
Thanks for the tutorial!


lauren lanza osias said...

that is so rad!!!!! but i am far too lazy to follow all of those steps. it's pathetic, i know! haha. it looks awesome though!!!
i'm confused...

Mimi said...

sooo cool! i will give this a try sometime soon. i hope it works well for me too. :D

<3, Mimi

diana said...

What a fun idea and a great tutorial with photos! Your nails turned out the mixture of colors. My stepdaughers would love to do this! :) I hope you had a great weekend love.

kavery said...

Cool idea and the end result is quite unique

Karina said...

Ohhhh! I absolutely love this! I'm going to try this!

Marcia B. said...

omg how clever, i will definitely try this!

Bonnie said...

My coworker just told me about this!! I love the way it looks, but I am not sure I would have the patience. I might try it some time when I have time to spare. :) I'm so glad that you did this tutorial for us!
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akiko said...

Wow this looks so cool!! Thank you for sharing and I'd love to try it too :)

Jackie said...

Oh wow, this is great!!! I'm not one who usually applies nail polish on my nails but just on my toes. Love the colors.


Tuesdai Noelle said...

MAD COOL! Now, all I have to do is stop biting my nails and release the aryclic. . .*looks nervous* aha.

Chanel Tonè said...

Ohhh. I'm so gonna give those a try! Thank you so much for this awesome post! Been looking for something new and cool to do with my nails that's DIY. I believe I've exhausted the Blasted Nail Look.

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artis4fashion said...

This is soooooo clever! I'll definitely try this. I'm sure I can inspire my little niece to join the fun. :-) Thank you for sharing this wicked technique with us! Michaela

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Wow artistic nail perfection, I didn't believe this was possible, I mean with the water??!! Great, thank u my dear for sharing this awesome DIY!!:)

Sara said...

What a great idea and it doesn’t seem so hard, I have to tray this one, also nice color combination, I love the result! Your have a lovely blog and I'm a new follower! Hope you'll like my blog and follow back!

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Lee Oliveira said...

Nice touch.. I like the colour combo
Lee x

Cafe Fashionista said...

I LOVE the look of marble nails - I definitely need to try this ASAP! :)

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FashionJazz said...

Loooove this! Well done babe :D xx

amy b.s. said...

how cool is this!

Stephanie said...

This is so cool! I might have to try this on a rainy day.

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Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Great tutorial, Cheryl! I love this look, but have yet to try it myself. Perhaps this will be my weekend project! :) Thanks for the tips!

Bad Joan said...

Haven't seen anything quite like this. Love it. Great tutorial!


Clare said...

COOOL! You did so well! I wish I could do my own nails. I am terrible at it.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That is SO cool! I love it! Great job :)

What Sadie Did said...

AWESOME!! I must try this, they look so cool!!

Sadie x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Cheryl I love the colors-great DIY and I am totally going to feature it in the qeeky roundup!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

The Blushing Fox said...

oh my goodness!!! i love it!!!! im really going to do this one soon thanks for sharing girl.

Aphrodite said...

That is pure genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!!!

Dolls Factory said...

love the dress darling
great sleeves indeed
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Melissa said...

Love this! Can't wait to try it out if I can figure it out maybe I'll post about it and repost it on my blog and give you credit!

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