Nails : No water. No mess. Marble Nail art Tutorial.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

I saw this nail art technique a while ago on pinterest and made a mental note to try it out at some point. (Pinterest is such an amazing site to get nail art inspiration, if you havent signed up then you should right now!) I decided to give it a go a couple of weeks ago, and posted a photo of the finished result on Instagram. It was a big hit so thought I would share with you how I created marble nail art without the water mess.

You will need the following :

A white base colour 
2 or more colour polishes
A topcoat. 
Cotton Buds


First take your base colour and paint your nails. I did two coats of Essie Fiji.


Once dry take your coloured polishes and randomly dot the polish over the nail. You dont need to be neat, or have a set pattern, the dots can be overlapping, thick and gloopy. In fact the thicker the better.


The next step is to take your clingfilm and  simply place it over your nail. You then want to press lightly on top of this to make all the dots of colour merge together. This is what creates the marbled effect. Depending on whether you are happy with the look acheived, you can repeat this step if there is too much nail polish on your nail or you want it to be even more marbled. If you can try to keep the polish on your nail rather than on your fingers, however if you do this isnt a problem.
When you have removed your clingfilm, if you are quick enough you can clear up some of the mess around your nail if you do have any. I used a cotton bud to do this.  The barry M colours I used were quite watery meaning that it was quite easy to tidy up quickly. 


I then wait a minute or two just to ensure that the colours have dried slightly and apply a top coat. If the colours arent completely dry - dont worry, it may mean they merge more into one another when you apply the topcoat. Therefore you get an even better marbled effect. 

And there you have it! A pretty quick and easy Marble nail art tutorial! I apologise for the state of my cuticles in these photos! It was one of those, ah look at them! Moments once you've uploaded the photos to your laptop, but the lazy side of me couldnt be bothered to re photograph the nails. Sorry! Let me know if you give these a try in the comments!


Much Love


  1. This is such a good idea!

  2. Definitely going to try these, was so excited to see this post so I knew how to do it, once I'd seen the picture! Great post :) xo

  3. This is such a fab nail tutorial!! xxx

  4. These look amazing! I've always wanted to try water marbling but it looks so much effort, I'm definitely going to give this a try :) x

  5. Brilliant idea! I tried the real marbling way and golly gosh was it a ballache!! xx

  6. THIS IS AMAZING! i dont have any nails, but i'm so going to try it!x

  7. GENIUS! Thank you so much for posting this, I've tried the water way and it was a total pain and I made a complete mess of them! This is brilliant! Im going to try this!



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