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!