Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Marble Manicure

The weather this weekend only allowed for an hour of sun time before the clouds moved in Saturday and stayed through a rainy Sunday. All this time indoors lead me to do a couple things I've been wanting to do for a while like start a Facebook page (which you can 'Like' here) and this DIY marble manicure I saw on Refinery 29. Unfortunately I was only able to wear it for a couple days before heading back to The Cube because I would imagine pink/yellow/green swirled nails infringe upon the business casual dress code...unless you work for Lisa Frank, that is.  If nothing else, it makes for a fun rainy day activity. 
Good luck!
- Cup of warm water (it will get ruined so I recommend plastic)
- Toothpick
- White nail polish like Essie's 'Marshmallow'
- Three other colors of nail polish of your choosing.
   I used Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple,' American Apparel's 'Butter' and OPI's 'I'm India Mood'
- Scotch tape
Step 1: Tape off fingers {one strip around the base of nail and one over the finger as pictured} and paint them white to provide a base for the colors to stick.
Step 2: Start dropping alternating droplets of nail polish in the middle of the water. It is important that the water is warm so the colors can spread. I also found that it helps to start with your most vibrant polish, in this case the pink, so it's easier to see the first circle. 
Step 3: For cleaner lines like in the first photo, leave the nail polish as pictured above. For a more 'tie-dyed' look, like in the last photo, use toothpick to make a large * in the middle of polish 'bullseye'. This gets tricky because you have to move quickly before the polish starts drying/clumping (hence no photo of this stage).
Step 4: Put the top of the nail directly in the center of the nail polish bullseye and push all the way down to the bottom of the cup. Let sit for ~1 second and pull out of water. Once dry, remove scotch tape. Your hands will be a little messy but you can use nail polish remover or soap & water to remove excess polish. Some nails may take a couple tries to get the desired look but that's part of the fun!


  1. This is by far one of the coolest and most original nail polish posts I have ever seen. Absolutely love it.

  2. This rocks! Such a great post!



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