Always wanted to try marbling, but don’t really have time or patience for water marbling – just the thought of it makes me want to cry.
After obsessing over it in Brazil, where my manicurist gave them to me for the first time, I promised myself I would try the wooden stick marble myself – it seemed much more manageable than its water counterpart!
Well, I did, and I am chuffed with it! I woke up one morning obsessed with green (yeah, go figure!) so I used white (Collection 2000 103 French White), jade (Kiko 343) and mint green (Colorclub) to create this marble.
It didn’t tak me too long; I first applied a base coat on all nails and then started the marbling process one by one. It is important that steps 1-5 are done nail by nail, otherwise the bottom layers dry, the polish won’t mix and gaps will appear!
1. Apply a coat of the base colour in the whole nail (I used the jade green)
2. Apply a second coat of the base colour, but this time, apply generously – quite thick; a bit blobby even!
3. Put 3-4 drops of the other colours on it
4. Using a wooden stick or a toothpick, gently swirl it around as you please, creating different patterns and making sure you cover the whole nail
5. Clean the excesses (I use the same wooden stick, clean side)
6. Repeat on every nail
I then applied a topcoat and removed the excess using the wooden stick with cotton wool at the end, dipped in nail polish remover.
I love this. It took me 3 attempts on my thumb to get the hang of it, and the others were plain sailing. Just be careful not to rub the stick to hard and completely remove the polish, leaving gaps!
Application was much more straight forward than I though; and durability was ace – flawless for 7 days!
12 thoughts on “Nails of the week: green marble with tutorial”
This looks so cool, my nail art attempts often end in disaster and wayy too much nail varnish remover but I’m still really intrigued to give this a try. And I can’t believe you used a Kiko polish, they’re my absolute favourite budget beauty brand! 🙂 Nice tutorial, and blog in general – love the name, I say “lovely” so often in descriptions!
Aw, thank you so much for the kind comments!
You should definitely try this; it is quite easy for the effect it produces! Love Kiko polishes, amazing price and fab colour range, love buying their plain colours to do marbles or gradients!
The name of the blog came from so many lovely things I came across, glad you like it – I do use lovely quite a lot too!
Oh wow, I will be trying this. I attempted the sticking your finger in a glass of water full of polish and that did nothing but make me mad. I will try this next time I change my polish!!
You should definitely try, it is even easier than it looks – the reason why I never tried water marbling was EXACTLY the one you mentioned – I am 100% sure it will make me mad!
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I’m sure it will make it to my blog, and I will be sure to link to your post! 🙂
That’s very kind of you – looking forward to seeing it! 🙂 x
My Marble Post, with a link to this one!!!
Definitely going to try this. I don’t like spending lot’s of time for my nails but this looks easy… 😉 I think 😀
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I am deffo trying this! Looks great hun and you made it look so easy x
Do try it and let me know how you get on – I found it quite easy – this was my first attempt! 🙂
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