Marbled Nails

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Marbled Nails
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Marbled nails are a fun and fashionable alternative to a normal manicure. Although the end result appears intricate, this is a look anyone can achieve. Depending on the colors and textures you choose, you can achieve dramatically different looks.

Things You Need
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Things You Need

All you need is a bowl, tape, toothpicks, cotton swabs, polish remover and, of course, your nail polish picks. Depending on the colors and textures you choose, you can achieve dramatically different looks.

Prep Your Nails
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Prep Your Nails

As with any manicure, start off with clean nails. For best results, apply a clear base coat to help your manicure last longer.

Apply Tape
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Apply Tape

To make cleanup easier, put tape along the sides and bottom of your nails. Alternatively, apply petroleum jelly or oil around nails. Any of these options will help decrease the amount of excess polish on the skin around your nails.

Apply a Color Base
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Apply a Color Base

Since the water marbling will sheer out your colored polishes, apply a base color polish, such as a clean, crisp white, to achieve a brighter, more vibrant look. Apply two coats to achieve opacity. Let dry.

Prep Water and Polish
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Prep Water and Polish

Fill a bowl with room temperature water. Make sure the water is not too cold, as that will cause the polish to harden more rapidly. The polish may ruin the dish, so use something you can dispose of later. Use new polish, as older polishes may have thickened making it difficult to achieve the effect.

Add Polish to the Water
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Add Polish to the Water

Select a polish and add a single drop to the surface of the water. If the polish doesn’t spread well on the surface of the water, you may need to adjust the water temperature, or try a different polish. Repeat this step as many times and with as many colors as you like, creating a bull’s-eye effect in the water.

Create a Design
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Create a Design

Using a toothpick, create a design in the polish. Make sure to work quickly, as the longer the polish sits in the water, the more it will harden. If you are making an intricate design with many strokes, then you may want to clean the toothpick between strokes for a crisper design, or use multiple toothpicks.

Dip Your Nail(s)
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Dip Your Nail(s)

Once you are pleased with your pattern, align your nail with the part of the design you like best, and quickly place it into the water. Let your nail sit for a few seconds to let the polish dry a little. Depending on the size of your cup or dish, you may be able to dip multiple fingers in at once.

Remove Your Nail(s)
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Remove Your Nail(s)

Use a toothpick to remove excess polish from the water, and then carefully take your nail out of the water. Repeat for all 10 fingers.

Clean Up
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Clean Up

If you have any polish on the skin around your nails, dip a cotton swab into polish remover and clean as needed. If you used tape, let the polish dry for 5-10 minutes before removing the tape around your nails.

Apply a Top Coat
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Apply a Top Coat

After leaving the polish to dry for a few minutes, finish off with a top coat to help your manicure last longer and amp up shine. Be prepared to get a lot of compliments on your fabulous nails.

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