Feb 25, 2009

Nail Art - Marble Technique

Inspired by the beautiful sun setting against the Chicago skyline, I decided to try out a new freehand nail design technique called "Marble". I wasn't sure how it'd turn out so I played around with a few colors first. You'll definitely want to choose colors that not only compliment one another but when blended together will create another equally flattering color. For my first try at it I chose to use a coral and yellow combo.

What you'll need:
~ 1 safety pin
~ 2 or 3 nail polish shades (you can use regular nail polish as this technique doesn't require the skinny "design" polish brushes)
~ 1 top coat polish

Getting Started:

1. Apply 2 coats of your 1st color

2. While that shade is still wet, add a few drops (2-4) of your 2nd color making sure to space them apart.

3. Using the tip of a safety pin or tack start to create swirls or figure 8's on the nail, blending the colors together. It will look like a "marble" pattern or similar to a tie dye print.

*Please note that it's important to do 1 nail at a time. The 1st color must still be wet when you're adding the drops of your 2nd (or 3rd) color. While it's still wet, you'll need to use the safety pin and using figure 8's blend the colors together.

4. After you have allowed your nails to dry go over with a top coat. I usually let this coat dry and then go over with another coat.

*it may take your nails slightly longer to dry using this method so make sure you're patient... I usually do my nails when I'm watching a movie or TV show so I don't mind sitting for a little while.

Here's what the finished product looked like for me. I was very pleased with the way it turned out though I think it does look better in person (you're able to clearly see the details of how the colors were dragged and blended together).

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