Nail Art 101: The Marble

Nail Art 101: The Marble // Woof Magazine

Nail Art 101: The Marble // Woof MagazinePhotos by Katie Williams

In the past year, nail art has become increasingly popular among celebrities and fashion icons. E! News featured a “Mani Cam” at various awards shows, and fashion magazines across the nation have begun to include nail art tutorials amidst their pages. Nail blogs feature intricate designs that are intimidating to look at, let alone attempt to replicate. A lot of people fear that the only way to attain tiny masterpieces on the tips of their fingers is to pay for a professional to create them or to be born with a steady hand and creative mind. However, you don’t need years of experience, fancy brushes, or special paint to create cool nails. In fact, the only thing you really need is nail polish and a few simple items you probably have in your room anyway. The best way to impress is by having a design that looks complicated but can actually be done in minimal steps.

We tried the plastic bag marbled nail, and decided to share our new skills. Try them out for yourself!

What You Need:

  • One Plastic Bag

  • Scissors

  • Base Coat

  • Two Contrasting Nail Polish Colors

  • Top Coat

  • Nail Polish Remover

  • Q-Tips

Nail Art 101: The Marble // Woof Magazine

  1. Cut ten small squares out of your plastic bag and set aside for later use.

  2. Remove old polish from nails and file to desired shape and length.

  3. Cover nails with your favorite base coat and let dry to help the polish adhere to your nails.

  4. Paint nails with two coats of your bottom color and let dry.

  5. Paint one coat of your top color so it covers the nail.

  6. While the top color is still wet, scrunch up one of your plastic bag pieces and begin to dab at the nail. Continue dabbing all over the nail until you have reached your desired marble look. Let the polish dry.

  7. Smooth out the design and help prevent chips in the polish by adding a layer of your favorite top coat.

  8. Clean up any polish that got on the skin around your nails by dipping a Q-tip in nail polish remover and wipe the excess polish off.

  9. Show off your awesome new nails and proudly tell people who ask that yes, you did them yourself.


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Nail Art 101: The Marble // Woof Magazine