Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Marble Nails - A Tutorial

Hey everyone! I hope everyone has had a very happy celebration of their holidays! For me, Christmas time brings around a collection of birthdays and an anniversary so there's plenty of cause for celebration! Yay for non-stop partying 😁 Also, winter break means that everyone is home for the holidays so there's also an impromptu reunion, AKA, a bigger party! AND, on top of that, its shaadi (wedding) season here in Karachi, sooo....there's a party practically every day!

Having this...variety of parties, its understandable that you need a manicure (or ten) that's easy to do, and doesn't clash with any cultures or traditions. In other words, a neutral mani. If rocking a solid colour has gotten boring, or you're like Zooey Deschanel and plain nails make you sad, or you're nail art junkie like me, here's a quick and easy nail art tutorial that I did for a friend's birthday, partially inspired by my t.v table that has this  marble-y looking pattern over it and of course they were meant to be a recreation of Fernanda's work for her birthday.
The great thing about it is you need no tools (woo hoo), it takes about ten seconds to do each nail, AND it looks so chic! Its literally so easy to do, you cannot possibly mess it up!

Here's what you'll need:
  • A black polish
  • A piece of scrap paper. (I'm looking at you, Marketing notes)
  • Tape (any kind is good honestly - paper, cello, washi, etc)
  • Scissors. (I couldn't find my smaller ones so I used these 😄 )

You will need to tear up a small scrap of paper, this is what we will use to get the marble-y effect on the nails.
PS: Gather you supplies in one place before you start painting to avoid smudging the base!

And here's how to do it!
Start of with a base coat on your nails, I use a peel-off base coat because I paint my nails very, very often!
Once that's dry, paint on a thin layer of white polish. And I mean it when I say thin because it will dry quicker and you really don't need a perfect white base because the black will cover up most of it and the uneven white coat adds dimension to the marble-like look!

After the white base is dry grab your scissors and tape  and cut two small strips of tape. If you need an idea of what I mean when I say small then the length of one strip should be enough to go about halfway around the circumference of you fingertip.

Here's my attempt at being a pro photographer and trying to capture transparent tape 
You will now cocoon the top of your finger with this tape, while leaving the nail exposed. You don't necessarily have to do this step but it helps with the clean-up process. Which is a shorter way of saying you wont have excess nail polish on the skin surrounding the nail.
To ensure there's no clean-up involved, the positioning of the tape is key. You will need to lay one piece of tape horizontally, starting at your cuticle and wrap it around your finger. The next piece will also go horizontally but it will start at the side of your nail, go over your finger tips and to the other side of your nail. Make sure to overlap the second piece of tape with the first one and you will have perfect cuticles with zero clean-up! The taped up finger should look something like this:
I made this super large so you can see how the tape overlaps to create a cocoon like cover.
You could skip the whole tape wrapping process and jump onto the next steps, but then you will have to remove the excess polish from around your cuticles and the skin surrounding the nails with a cotton bud, or a tiny brush, dipped in nail polish remover, the process otherwise known as "clean-up".

The next step is to scrunch up the piece if paper into a ball. The more folds there are, the better! If you aren't satisfied with the shape of the ball, open it up and do scrunch it up again !

After you have achieved a satisfactory level of scrunchiness for the paper ball, your nail is ready to be made to look marble-y.

All you need to do is paint some polish on to the paper ball like so

And then dab it on your nails like a madwoman. Incase you don't know what I mean, all you have to do is lightly dab the ball against your nail in all angles repeatedly, at the speed of lightning. It's fun. 

You could repeat the process another time if you feel like once wasn't enough to get the desired look, or alternatively, you could do the same thing with your white base colour if you feel you went overboard with the black.
Once you're satisfied with how it looks, remove the tape and marvel at how quick and easy it was to do and how chic it looks. And of course, how you don't have to clean up around the edges, despite your mad dabbing 😆

Again, here is my attempt at being a pro photographer, trying to capture the transparent tape, but this time its loaded with the excess polish that would have ended up on my cuticles and skin.
As you can see in the picture above, I purposely tried to avoid getting any polish on the left side of my nail and that was because I planned to put a vertical black stripe down the left side of the nail.

Now all you have to do is repeat the process for your other nails and after adding the solid black vertical stripe down the left side, it should look something like the picture below.

To achieve the hazy black lines like I have on my nails, you need to concentrate black pattern into a thin black "vein" like you would find on marbles.All you need to do is paint a really really thin line on the scrap paper ball and dab it on the nail ONCE. That's it. If you do it more than once. the paper will pick up the wet polish from the newly formed veins and then you'll end up with another layer of the scattered black polish.
I went in different directions with my "veins" to make it look cooler, but you can do whatever direction you want. My finished nails looked like this:

So that's it for this tutorial, I really hope you liked it! If you do try to recreate this look I hope you tag me on instagram so I can see it :D

         Have fun polishing!
             -Mirza 💖


  1. Mirza - this was a fantastically written and photographed tutorial!! Way to go, girl!! I enjoyed it, I easily followed it, and I learned some things! Yay. Oh- and very cool nails!! :-D

    1. Thank you so much Kim <3 It means so much to me! :3