MANI MONDAY: Beachy Drag Marble Nail Art

by - March 23, 2020

Well, my friends, I hope you're all doing well and keeping safe and healthy during this... absolutely surreal time in our lives. Of course, nail art can be a great way to keep busy while we're all staying at home and avoiding contact with humans, and sometimes it can really, really kill a lot of time. I have to admit... this week's mani kind of took it out of me and ended up being both really easy to do and also really easy to mess up. This week I wanted to try something out that I've seen other nail artists do and have always wanted to try and I got a really clear picture of what it would look like in my head. It didn't turn out entirely as I planned, but I really like how it looks - and I can't wait to try it in different colours. 

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I really wanted a sandy créme base so that the colours of the marble would really pop and stand out as well as to give it that look of almost where the sand meets the water on the beach. All of that to say, to start I applied two coats of Essie Treat Love & Color in Good Lighting and let that dry. For the marble, I decided to use a dark blue, a medium blue, a white, and then a flakie topper to add some dimension. (Ultimately, the really pigmented créme polishes sort of ate the flakies, so I probably should have just skipped them or went with a glitter that would hold up a little bit better.) 

The technique I used is really easy. On an old yogurt lid, I applied dots of the polish from lightest to darkest sort of randomly on top of each other and then used a really dine dotting tool to sort of swirl them into each other (but not too much or it'll get muddy and just blend.) Next, I used an angled nail art brush to sort of gently scoop up some polish and then just lightly dragged it over the nails where I wanted to deposit the polish. The important thing with this technique is to keep the brush almost flat against the nail, with the bulk of the polish on top of the brush, and it'll deposit the marble without blending the colours together.

Once the marble had dried on the nail, I applied a generous coat of quick dry top coat, being sure to float it over the nail. On my middle finger, I actually sort of messed up and applied the top coat both too soon (for this final product, I had redone that nail three times and was TIRED) and it smudged the marble a little bit. This look is forgiving, so I just went to bed at that point, but I wish I had waited a little longer for a smoother look.  

All Products Used
Essie Treat, Love & Color - Good Lighting*
Sinful Colors - Navy I Do
Rimmel x Rita Ora - Bestival Blue
Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish
Glam Polish - Anuenue
Seche Vive Quick Dry Top Coat Nail Art Brushes* Dotting Tool*

Honestly, I've had this mani on for less than 12 hours as I write this and I already have a million ideas of different shade combinations that I could do using this technique. Though this definitely gives that beachy look, I think you could do a lot of different looks with different colours.

I honestly couldn't have done this look without my much loved Nail Art Tools* and having a versatile set of brushes and dotting tools has really opened up what I feel like I can do with my nails. If you're interested in picking up these tools and supporting a Canadian small business, I do have an affiliate code. You can use code TRYSH for 10% off your order! 

As usual, be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof & See The World In PINK to check out what the ladies have put together with our #CBBxManiMonday Blue & Green theme this week!

Thanks so much for reading and stay safe, everyone!

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