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Marble Manicure DIY tested

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By Andrea Claire · July 6, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

First: credit where credit due: I just saw this manicure yesterday tweeted from Modern Salon.

I thought - ok - sure - for clients but this could also be one for the DIY'er.

I cleaned off my 3 day old, salon pro-manicure and pulled out my editorial nail kit.

As recommended in the Modern Salon instructions, I choose  three shades: Sally Hansen White Tip,

Essie Splash of Grenadine and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Then, in room temperature water I poured in the Sally Hansen White Tip. At first it seemed to really thin out in my plastic container, so I was concerned this wouldn't work out:

 I proceeded with the next steps laid out in the Modern Salon blog.

Layer in a Bullseye...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Then swirl with a toothpick..

AND DIP! (makes me think of Roger Rabbit - NOT THE DIP!!)

To clean up edges it may help to wrap an orange stick with cotton and dip it into nail polish remover.

I know, looks like a really bad puppet! Wrap it around then dip it into the remover.

Clean up edges... et viola!

posted by
7/06/10

SO COOL!!! ive tried it before but failed miserably! this is so neat andrea!


posted by
7/07/10

Thanks Sarah!

How did yours fail?? I have to admit, I thought this would too mid-marble but I kept on so I could see the end result. Maybe you didn't give yourself enough credit?


7/08/10

Um ... so ... um ... I have to try this NOW. I mean, seriously ... it's ME ... can you even IMAGINE my excitement??? YAY Andrea!


posted by
7/08/10

Go Karen Go!

I wanted to try a camouflage version with green, biege and brown... Not that YOU need creative suggestions!


posted by
7/08/10

But doesn't this pretty much use up three whole bottles of nail polish for one manicure? I guess it could be a good excuse to gather a dozen friends...


posted by
7/08/10

Catherine - Actually, you'd be surprised at how much polish is in those little suckers! I just did one little spill of each colour - i have plently left of each. On the Modern Salon blog they talk about using fresh polish per nail. I did not - I used the same and just stirred it around a little each time to modify the marble - but you do need to be quick-ish. If you feel the need to buy lots of polish who am I to talk you out of it! :) Lord knows I have a lot!

If you do it I want to see!! :)


posted by
7/08/10

Wow, this is amazing!


posted by
7/08/10

MartiniLush

Thanks! 2 days later I'm still rocking it and loving it!


posted by
7/08/10

This is really pretty, I'm definitely gonna try it!


posted by
7/09/10

I've been doing this for a long time. LOL I use a votive candle holder instead of a larger container though. They're super cheap - just go to a dollar store and pick up a plain one. Since they're smaller, you don't use as much nail polish.


posted by
7/09/10

Fabulous idea!! I feel like it's something you really can't mess up!


posted by
7/09/10

Love this!!!


posted by
7/09/10

I try to respond to each comment individually, but I am based in Singapore now; little delay with being asleep and all :) .

The votive idea: good one! Do you find you get enough spreading of the colours to see the textures?

Yes, messy but you are right - hard to mess up!


posted by
7/10/10

I am a bellasugar addict!! and I have to say this is the first time ive commented because I just had to!! This is such a cool idea I want to wake up my 11 year old daughter and try it right now!!! But I wont since its midnight in Minnesota but awesome I cant wait to try it!!!


posted by
7/10/10

lucyloo5127,

I love that you wanted to wake up your daughter to try this! What a great response! Have fun! (ps - Love Minnesota; I have an aunt in Minneapolis. Great shopping there!)


7/12/10

I love it and think - I might just be able to do my left hand, I always fail miserably on my left side.. You make it look really easy


posted by
7/12/10

cakedoo1

I think the added plus with this method is that the technique is 'imperfect' therefore any imperfections look intentional!

Good luck if you dare try! :)


posted by Nakymee
7/20/10

You can get a similar effect by putting a few drops of different colour polish on your nail and then blend the colours with a toothpick. It saves you the whole hassle with polish dip and the cleaning afterward.


posted by BeautyJunkieCorner
12/03/10

Hey i love how your did your nails, it looks really great. It did my nail that way but they don't look so great as yours. Check some of my nail art on my blog.
http://beautyjunkiecorner.blogspot.com


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