Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Marbled Manicure

After seeing beautiful pictures on Pinterest and some of my favourite blogs of these beautiful multicoloured swirled manicures, I knew I wanted to try it for myself. It took a while before I got around to it, but I did so for the first time this week. These photos are just of my second attempt, so forgive me if my designs are still a bit imperfect :)

What I used:
-Top coat and base coat
-A selection of coloured polishes
-Petroleum jelly (or you could use tape)
-Cotton buds
-Paper towels and tissues
-Nail polish remover
-A container of water

I first started off with my usual base coat. I then painted one thin coat of my blue polish as an undercoat. Once this is dry, you want to protect your skin from the polish you're going to dip your fingers into. I rubbed petroleum jelly on the skin around my nail and just past the first joint using a cotton bud. You could also wrap tape around your fingers.

While working, make sure all your polishes are open. (You'll notice that I've put my polystyrene cup in a small glass dish - I discovered the hard way that a drop of polish sunk to the bottom of the cup will burn a hole through and leak water everywhere...)

One by one, drop your polishes onto the surface of the water in concentric circles. You want to drop the polish from just above the surface: too high, and the drop will just sink.

Use a toothpick to draw lines through the polish. Work quickly so that the polish doesn't dry prematurely.

Place your fingers onto the surface of the water so that the polish can adhere to your nails. You can do this one at a time to ensure that you get the perfect design. I was too lazy to make ten polish bulls-eyes, so I did several fingers at a time. Once you are done, remove the dried polish from the surface of the water by pushing it around with your toothpick.

You can see in the above picture where the polish is lying on the petroleum jelly. This wipes off easily with a tissue. (Or, if you used tape, you can pull the tape up.)

Use a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover to tidy up the edges. You can now go and start again for the remaining nails. (My pinkie finger didn't get enough pattern, so I redid that one.)

Finish off with some top coat to protect your designs :)

What are your thoughts on this type of nailart? Would you try something like this yourself? If you have tried this before, have you got any tips or advice?


  1. Absolutely amazing!!!!! I really want to try this. Eish, don't know if it's going to look as great as yours though.

    1. Thank you :) I'm sure your attempt will come out fantastic :)

  2. Do you use warm water or cold water?

    1. I used tap water that I'd left to stand for a bit so that it was about room temperature.

  3. LOVE!!! Thanks for the instructions :) xxx

  4. I love all the colours! So pretty :D Wish I could do this to my nails - where I work I am not really suppose to wear bright nail polish, very corporate :( I haven't actually worn nail polish in over 1 month! Crazy!


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