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Nail Art Tutorial: The Toothpick Marbled Nail

Nail Art Tutorial: The Toothpick Marbled Nail

01.30.14

By Fefe

While water marbling can easily go awry, here’s an easy way to do the swirled look. Follow along as Sheila of Pointless Café shows how to do it.

  • Supplies needed

    • Nails Inc. Power Pink
    • Nails Inc. Chalk Farm
    • Kiko #291 (Note: any 3 colors will work -- crèmes and shimmers work best)
    • Toothpick
    • Clean-up brush
    • Acetone
    • Top coat (I’ve used Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat because it’s super glossy and doesn’t smear your nail designs)
    SLIDE 1 OF 7
  • Step 1

    Apply one coat of the color you’ll be using for the center of the needle marble. This isn’t required but I do it to give it some “tooth” for the toothpick and also so that my naked nail doesn’t show on the edges if I don’t get full coverage on the stripes all the way to the edges.

    SLIDE 2 OF 7
  • Step 2

    Apply one generous stripe of each color, touching but not overlapping, with the nail polish brush, making sure to cover the nail, especially if you didn’t use one of the shades as a base.

    SLIDE 3 OF 7
  • Step 3

    Drag the toothpick back and forth sideways, without stopping, working all the way up the nail to the tip while it’s still wet.

    SLIDE 4 OF 7
  • Step 4

    Do your clean up and allow to dry.

    SLIDE 5 OF 7
  • Step 5

    Apply your favorite top coat.

    SLIDE 6 OF 7
  • Voilà!

    SLIDE 7 OF 7
  • Supplies needed

    • Nails Inc. Power Pink
    • Nails Inc. Chalk Farm
    • Kiko #291 (Note: any 3 colors will work -- crèmes and shimmers work best)
    • Toothpick
    • Clean-up brush
    • Acetone
    • Top coat (I’ve used Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat because it’s super glossy and doesn’t smear your nail designs)
  • Step 1

    Apply one coat of the color you’ll be using for the center of the needle marble. This isn’t required but I do it to give it some “tooth” for the toothpick and also so that my naked nail doesn’t show on the edges if I don’t get full coverage on the stripes all the way to the edges.

  • Step 2

    Apply one generous stripe of each color, touching but not overlapping, with the nail polish brush, making sure to cover the nail, especially if you didn’t use one of the shades as a base.

  • Step 3

    Drag the toothpick back and forth sideways, without stopping, working all the way up the nail to the tip while it’s still wet.

  • Step 4

    Do your clean up and allow to dry.

  • Step 5

    Apply your favorite top coat.

  • Voilà!

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