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Hey Everybody!

I’m back today with another do-it-yourself nail design technique. Have any of you all heard of nail marbling? If you haven’t, that’s great because I’m about to introduce you to it riiiiight now :0)

Nail marbling is a technique using different color polishes dropped into water and then “molded” into various designs. I saw this on line a few months ago and decided to give it a try.

What you’ll need:

nail polish colors of your choice(I’d recommend 3-4 different ones)

white polish


plastic cup



*here I’m using O.P.I Alpine Snow, Essie Playa del Platinum, Bahama Mama, Smokin’ Hot & Bobbing for Baubles*

How to:

Start out my polishing your nails with one coat of the white polish. This will act as a type of base coat. Once that has dried you’ll need to use the tape to create a protective border around your nail. Trust that this is a step you won’t want to skip, you’d regret it later.

Now take your plastic cup and fill it almost to the top with cool water. One by one, drop a drop of each polish in the water; one within another, so it ends up looking like a bullseye. Take your toothpick and run it through the polishes, creating abstract designs. You’ll want to be sure to work quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.

Once you’ve created enough of a design, however elaborate or simple you’d like, dip your fingernail “facedown” in the design and use the toothpick to remove the polish around it and lift your finger up.

See why taping around your nail is important? After about every two nails you’ll want to use a toothpick to remove the excess polish from the water, like so:

Once you’ve finished marbling each of your fingers(or maybe just one or two on each hand for a more conservative look) be sure to let the polish dry before removing the tape.

Not so bad, aye? It may take you a little bit to get the hang of this technique, but it definitely becomes easier as you go along. And these unique designs can definitely be a conversation starter. Quite a few people have seen my nails, complimented them and then want to know if they are some type of stick on application that they could buy :0)

Does this seem like something you would try? Have you tried it already? We’d love to hear about it!

~ Dyanna