"Marble" Your Clients' Nails With This Technique

By Alison Shipley Alhamed | 07/05/2010 3:00:00 AM

 

I just learned a very cool, and unique, nail technique and I’m so excited about it!

I’m not sure if this is something just done at beauty schools like mine, or if “marbling” of nails is common at salons, also have heard it called “water colors”—but in my few years in the industry, I’ve certainly never heard of it! So while it may not be new to you, the professional, it's new to me and my class and we're really excited! It's perfect for teens or for those who like to theme their nails (red, white and blue for the 4th of July, anyone??!!)



Step one: Choose nail polish colors—usually three work best. A mixture of lights and darks tends to work well, too. Also, choose bottles that aren’t almost empty, as you’ll need to work fast.

Step two: Fill a cup with room temperature water. Styrofoam can also work, but if nail polish drops to bottom of cup, it can melt through the material. Plastic is a good choice, reuasable is great, too!

Step three: Unscrew each of the polish lids. This will help you to work faster.



Step four: Drip a drop of nail polish into the center of the water, it will float on top. Working quickly, drip another drop of the next color. Repeat with another color if desired. Bull’s-eye style.



Step five: Use a toothpick and swirl the three colors together, quickly. Making any design you like.



Step six: Have client dip her nail into the area where the design looks the best. Dip nail on an angle, so the entire nail is covered. Polish will get on the skin, but will be removed later in steps.



Step seven: Blow lightly on the top of the water to dry polish (about 3 seconds). Use a Q-tip to swirl the remaining polish off the top of the water—Cotton Candy style. Remove finger from water.



Step eight: Continue in this manner until all nails are covered.



Step nine: Use nail polish remover to remove the polish from skin.

Step ten: Use a top coat to make color last and pop.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Shipley Alhamed

Alison Shipley Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

You can find Alison on Google+ or e-mail her at ashipley@modernsalon.com.

 


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Tiffany    
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Bayville nj  |  September, 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM

if you use tape around the the fingertips leaving out the nail it helps keep the polish off the skin

Lynne    
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augustaga  |  September, 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM

To Tiffany: What kind of tape do you use that will withstand the water and the polish? I love the style but it is so much work getting the polish off....

Lynne    
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augustaga  |  September, 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM

To Tiffany: What kind of tape do you use that will withstand the water and the polish? I love the style but it is so much work getting the polish off....

cathie    
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los Angeles  |  September, 29, 2011 at 03:03 PM

You can acheive the same effects without alll the mess by using this method. use 2-4 colors open bottles pick one for base coat, one nail at a time, apply base coat liberally, add a drop of each color where ever you like working quickly take a toothpick or staight pin and drag through the dots in any pattern you like. After some practice you can do flame effects or flowers or animal stipes alittle drop of glitter polish is also a nice effect. Remeber move quickly and one nail at a time. Have fun!!

Heather    
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ohio  |  September, 29, 2011 at 04:47 PM

When i tried this the polish went straight to the bottom in a ball ? Any suggestions ?

Marsha Weaver-Green    
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orlando, Fl 32839  |  October, 05, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I think that is amazing how this art works out with such a beautiful finished arrangement. i also think it's great the way u shared with us; you look marvelous to me, MUCH LOVE