May 08, 2013

BEAUTY | Marble Manicure

I have a little obsession going on with marble lately, specially in objects around the home. I love how luxurious yet natural it is.
Last week I tried out a marble pattern out on my nails. It took a bit of experimenting, but I got it down after a few tries.
Having it only on a couple of nails keeps it subtle and not too decadent.

Marble Nails
/ white nail polish
/ light grey nail polish (I didn't have light grey so I blended a bit of white and dark grey together)
/ dark grey nail polish
/ topcoat nail polish
/ thin nail art brush (or if you don't have that like me, an old nail polish brush from which you can cut half of the hairs.)

01/ Coat your nails with white polish
02/ With the thin brush apply the first veins with a bit of a zig zag motion, it doesn't matter if it turns out sloppy. See second picture.
Keep an image of actual marble close to use as a reference to guide you when shaping the veins.
03/ When the light grey 'draft' of the marble has dried, trace these lines with the dark grey polish, like shown in the third picture.
Just let your brush go along the light grey lines. These thinner dark grey lines will add a lot of depth to your marble.
04/ When the darker veins are almost dry, apply a layer of shiny topcoat to make it all blend together.
That's it!


HONEY said...

love this mani, so cool!

Marcela Machado Vanègue said...

I have a "marble" kitchen cut board. In my country we used to have lots of things in marble,then, it lost its appeal. Now in 2012/13 is apparently back. I love that :)

Julie said...

Awesome nail art!

Anonymous said...

Love the mani!

Tanya Minxy said...

This is brilliant! I have to try it. I love painting my nails. In fact, my last post is about minimalistic nails, you might like it =^.^=

Adelajda said...

amazing manicure!

Fashiable | Nanne said...

Wat een mooi idee weer!

Anonymous said...

That's beautiful!

TeuntjeVDW said...

Amazing idea! (again) xx.

Domonique Wilson said...

You always surprise me with something new :) It actually looks identical to the marble!


Katie said...

Stunning, and so unique. It reminds of when you see wood beautifully painted to look like marble in old houses- trompe l'oeil- because the original family couldn't afford to have huge marble columns and fireplaces in every room.

Eline said...

Het lijkt heel echt, super gedaan!
Doet me denken aan al het marmer in italie :)


Love the nails!

Milex said...

I love it so much

Eva (Creativity and Chocolate) said...

Awesome idea!xx

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Really awesome, looks just like real marble! xoxo

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Anna Black said...

This looks so amazing, must try it out!

Alison Liaudat said...

Goood Idea !

Tessa: said...

Wat mooi gelukt!

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simply amazing!

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Dat is je echt heel goed gelukt!

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amazing idea!

Lisa Kouwenberg said...

Wauw! Echt heel mooi gedaan. Ga het zeker uit proberen <3

X lisa

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Rhoda Wong said...

oh i love the print!

Anonymous said...

How inspiring! I'm usually too lazy to do anything else other than painting my nails but I've definitely enjoyed your nail experimentation so far.

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Thank you for sharing! Love the nails! xx

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So cool! (Giudy)

Nathan Moy said...

And just when I thought you couldn't, Ivania, you just OUT DID yourself again! I would die for this but I'd have to get your permission lol. This is so completely cool and I'm speechless. You could do the nail art for celine and balenciaga by alex wang. We'd call it something like "Ivania Marbles at Céline" or something lol.

xx The Provoker

Naomi said...

Waw, echt supermooi! Ga ik ook maar eens proberen :)

Georgie Mullen said...

this is such a good idea!!
what white nail polish do you use i can never find one that doesn't look tacky, but yours looks perfect! xx

Mafalda said...

Oh my God, it's beautiful!

Irene said...

You're so inspirational!

TSANGTASTIC Jenny said...

absolutely lovvveeee this design! so clean and perfect for summer ❤ ❤ ❤

xoxo Jenny Tsang

ann kim said...

I'm obsessed with marble too...

Loving this DIY!

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Vikki said...

This looks so beautiful Ivania!


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shardette.. said...

Such amazing nails.. thanks for sharing!

x Sharday

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Eva Greene said...

oh my gosh so pretty! i love the serenity that marble inspires.

Lys said...

Deze ga ik zeker proberen! Mooi!

Daria Burkova said...

Hello Ivania,

Just wanna say you inspired me to my own marble manicure) But I made it with water manicure technique. Look at it here

x, Daria

Rosie Gaunt said...

AH I LOVE THIS! I have just today painted my nails a pretty pale pastel blue and am going to marble it this evening now! :) Great blog - just started to follow
Rosie x

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This is brilliant! I have to try it. I love painting my nails. In fact, my last post is about minimalistic nails, you might like it =^.^=

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