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Nail Art How To: Marbled Turquoise Nails

Nail Art How To: Marbled Turquoise Nails

07.22.13

By niwp_admin

The marbled mani takes on a whole new look! These turquoise nails were created by @workinggirlnails from Instagram and look exactly like the precious stone. Want to recreate them for yourself? Well, you’re in luck. Donna took the time to share this beautiful step-by-step guide to getting the elegant look.

Click through to see how it’s done.

Products Used

Polishes:
OPI Nail Envy
China Glaze For Audrey
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue
Cult Nails Nevermore
Rica Glossy Glam Top Coat

Tools:
Plastic grocery bag, cut into 3-4 4X4 squares
Aluminum foil
Filtered, room temperature water
A small cup or bowl
Hairspray
Lip balm or tape
A toothpick
A paper towel
Clean up brush
Acetone
Foil Glue (I use ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever)
Bronze or Gold nail foil
Small detail brush

  • STEP 1

    SLIDE 1 OF 9
  • STEP 2

    • Drop a few drops of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue on a small piece of foil. Using the grocery bag, crumple up a piece and dab it into the polish. Blot it a time or two on a paper towel, then dab it onto your nail. Dab each nail 2-3 times. Repeat this step for each nail.
    SLIDE 2 OF 9
  • STEP 3

    • Using a fast dry top coat like Rica Glossy Glam, top coat with 1 coat and let it dry completely. It is very important that you do not skip this step. If you do, when you are acetone washing later, it will remove part of the color which you do not want to happen.
    SLIDE 3 OF 9
  • STEP 4

    • Fill your small cup or bowl with the filtered, room temp water. Protect your skin by rubbing on chapstick or taping up around your cuticles and your fingertips.
    SLIDE 4 OF 9
  • STEP 5

    • Drop 3-4 drops of a black polish, such as Cult Nails Nevermore, on the water then spray with the hairspray a few times until the polish breaks apart. Dip in your nails. You might be able to dip in more than one nail at a time if your bowl or cup is big enough. Leave your fingers in the water and use the toothpick by spinning it to pick up the polish that is still on the top of the water. Once the extra polish is off the top of the water, you can take your fingers out. Repeat this step for all fingers.
    • You can clean up your fingers by either wiping with a paper towel if you used lip balm or by removing the tape if you tape up.
    SLIDE 5 OF 9
  • STEP 6

    • Using the cleanup brush dipped in acetone, lightly stroke away some of the black polish to make it look like veins such as what you see in turquoise stone.
    SLIDE 6 OF 9
  • STEP 7

    • Along your "veins" lightly apply foil glue, that you have watered down just a little bit, using a fine detail brush. You may use a toothpick if you don't have a fine detail brush. Less is better with this step. Let the foil glue dry completely.
    SLIDE 7 OF 9
  • STEP 8

    • Apply the bronze foil by dabbing it on your nail. The foil will stick where the glue was. If you don't have nail foil, you could lightly paint along the veins with gold polish using the fine detail brush or a toothpick.
    • Using the cleanup brush dipped in acetone, remove any polish on your cuticles or skin.
    SLIDE 8 OF 9
  • STEP 9

    [Courtesy of IG@workinggirlnails; Donna Capps]

    SLIDE 9 OF 9
  • STEP 1

  • STEP 2

    • Drop a few drops of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue on a small piece of foil. Using the grocery bag, crumple up a piece and dab it into the polish. Blot it a time or two on a paper towel, then dab it onto your nail. Dab each nail 2-3 times. Repeat this step for each nail.
  • STEP 3

    • Using a fast dry top coat like Rica Glossy Glam, top coat with 1 coat and let it dry completely. It is very important that you do not skip this step. If you do, when you are acetone washing later, it will remove part of the color which you do not want to happen.
  • STEP 4

    • Fill your small cup or bowl with the filtered, room temp water. Protect your skin by rubbing on chapstick or taping up around your cuticles and your fingertips.
  • STEP 5

    • Drop 3-4 drops of a black polish, such as Cult Nails Nevermore, on the water then spray with the hairspray a few times until the polish breaks apart. Dip in your nails. You might be able to dip in more than one nail at a time if your bowl or cup is big enough. Leave your fingers in the water and use the toothpick by spinning it to pick up the polish that is still on the top of the water. Once the extra polish is off the top of the water, you can take your fingers out. Repeat this step for all fingers.
    • You can clean up your fingers by either wiping with a paper towel if you used lip balm or by removing the tape if you tape up.
  • STEP 6

    • Using the cleanup brush dipped in acetone, lightly stroke away some of the black polish to make it look like veins such as what you see in turquoise stone.
  • STEP 7

    • Along your "veins" lightly apply foil glue, that you have watered down just a little bit, using a fine detail brush. You may use a toothpick if you don't have a fine detail brush. Less is better with this step. Let the foil glue dry completely.
  • STEP 8

    • Apply the bronze foil by dabbing it on your nail. The foil will stick where the glue was. If you don't have nail foil, you could lightly paint along the veins with gold polish using the fine detail brush or a toothpick.
    • Using the cleanup brush dipped in acetone, remove any polish on your cuticles or skin.
  • STEP 9

    [Courtesy of IG@workinggirlnails; Donna Capps]

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