nail marbling with no water

Dry Marble Nails

Hey everyone! How are you doing! I absolutely love marbling nail designs and tried a few times the water marble technique. Sometimes, I get good results and sometime It doesn’t come out the way I want it to be. There’s many factors in play for water marble technique. Water should have room temperature, then some polishes don’t work for this technique. So I tried this dry marble nails, no water needed to create marbling effect for this!

Items and Tools I Used

  • Base Coat
  • Glitter Nail Polish ~ L’Oreal Paris Gold Dust Nail Color, Diamond In The Rough
  • Hot Pink Nail Polish ~ Orly Oh cabana boy
  • Golden Nail Polish – Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold
  • Nail Art Detail Brush (Optional)
  • Pair of scissors
  • Tweezer
  • A plastic lid (Yogurt lid works better)
  • Nail Polish Remover and Flat Brush for clean up
  • Top Coat/Clear Polish

How I did the Nail Design

I started by laying six drops of Loreal glitter shade side by side on plastic lid. Then added few drops of golden polish randomly. Then again added some drops of the hot pink polish. Remember, this dry marble technique has to be done while the polish is wet. Hence, working fast will give best results. Drip small dots of golden polish over the pink. Don’t worry if the polish colors run into one another.

Now pick up the lid and tilt it and move it around a bit.  You will see, all the colors run together and create beautiful pattern. Don’t hold the lid tilted in a single direction for long. When you notice all colors are gathering at one place, then tilt it to the other side and keep moving the lid in all directions. Soon the polish will be nicely spread and will be thick to spread further. Now leave the polish overnight to dry. When It’s nice and dry you will be able to peel the decal easily. Use a Tweezer or your nail to lift the edge of the polish decal then peel it.

Grab a pair scissors and cut out the patterns you choose to put on your nails. Prep your nails by applying a base coat and let it dry. I used a peel off base coat for easy removal afterwards. Then add a layer of clear polish and when the polish is still wet, add the decal. Gently Press to secure it better. I added two full size DIY decals on my middle two nails.

On the index finger I applied the L’oreal Glitter shade as base color and placed a diagonally cut decal. Then draw a golden line to mask the edge of the polish decal. To further decorate it, made some small pink dots over the golden line. I kept my pinky finger simple and painted it with the L’oreal Glitter Shade. Using the Orly polish on a detail brush, made a pink “U” line following the natural curve of my cuticle.

Cut out the excess decal using a small scissor. Still, If you notice extra decals around the edge of your nail tip, gently file it using a nail file. Use a cuticle pusher to trace the excess around your cuticle. Clean up the excess with polish remover and  a flat brush. Seal the whole design with Top Coat. I followed Youtube Nail Artist, My Simple Little Pleasures‘s video as reference for this design.

I want to mention that you don’t have to follow the specifics on how many drops I added and where I placed colors. Just play around and have fun. You will see unexpected result.

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