A few weeks back I saw some marble nails on Pinterest and with my current obsession it was a no brainer, I had to attempt them! I roped in my best friend to help out and we did a little research and worked out how best to tackle the marble effect, I was so happy with the results and have had lots of compliments on them as they really stand out and photograph well too. I thought it would be great to show you a step by step of how we created the nails so you can attempt them too!

Step 1: First of all I painted my nails with two coats of white, my polish of choice was this Only Fingers and Toes in ‘Blanco’ as it’s a great polish and gives a solid covering which was a great base for my marble nails. The ergonomic brush means it’s super easy to apply too as it’s so comfortable to hold.

Step 2: The next step we decided to scrunch up some cling film and sparsely apply some grey polish to it, we then lightly dabbed the polish on top of my white nails to give a little bit of a base before the marble effect. My grey of choice for this stage was the O.P.I ‘Cement the Deal’ from their Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration, which was the perfect light shade for this stage.

Step 3: For step 3 I picked a slightly darker shade and went for Mavala Mini Colour in ‘Berlin’. Firstly you need to get a cup of water that’s room temperature – it can’t be too hot or cold as this won’t work, so boil a kettle for a few seconds then fill up your cup that way. Add one drop of polish to the water then once it’s dispersed add another drop on top.

Step 4: Once you’ve added your second drop of polish into the cup, get some hairspray (it needs to be pretty much straight after the drop of polish) and spray directly onto the polish, spray from around 15cm and towards the center of the polish. The polish will react and separate to create a marbled effect. You can use any hairspray for this although I’d recommend picking up a cheap one as you can end up using a fair bit.

Step 5: Lastly once the polish has dispersed the way you want it to, pick a section that you think could work and place you nail straight into the polish and hold for fifteen seconds to give the polish enough time to set on your nails. When you take your hand out do it slowly and don’t be surprised as it’s quite messy! You’ll have lots of polish all around your nails but just leave it all to dry, once it’s dried go back with a small brush and nail varnish remover and clear up the polish. Apply a top coat so your polish lasts long (this design is so fab that you’ll want it to last forever, I did anyway!).

Et voila, there you have your dreamy Pinterest-worthy marble nails! It is a little fiddle and takes a while to do first time, I think once you’ve got the hang of it the next time will be a breeze it’s just trial and error with the hairspray and getting the polish to seperate into a pattern that you’re happy with. I can’t wait to give this a whirl with some different colours!

Have you attempted marble nails before? Do let me know if you try this, I’d love to see the pictures! 

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    • Hayley Rubery 14th March 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Let me know how you get on with them Ellie! x

  1. glenka 13th March 2015 / 2:37 pm

    What a great effect this gives. I bet it would would look great in different colours.

    • Hayley Rubery 14th March 2015 / 12:23 pm

      Definitely! Can't wait to try it in other colours 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 14th March 2015 / 12:23 pm

      It really is isn't it? Thank you – glad you found it useful Kat 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 14th March 2015 / 12:24 pm

      It is quite a messy process, but definitely worth it in the end as the effect is great 🙂 Let me know how you get on if you re-attempt it! x

  2. Kirsty W 14th March 2015 / 1:13 pm

    This looks amazing Hayley! I'm so unadventurous with nail polish but I love how this looks so might have to branch out a bit 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 22nd March 2015 / 9:33 am

      Yes you should definitely try it Kirsty – was so happy with the results 🙂 x

  3. HRW Lifestyle 17th March 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Such a great post – didn't realise this look was do easy to do! Hopefully ours will turn out as well! HRW

    • Hayley Rubery 22nd March 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thank you, hope they turn out well! It takes a bit of trial and error but you'll get there 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 22nd March 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thank you Saan, hope they turn out well 🙂 x

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