Marble Nails With Gold Flakes

Another day, another nail art post. (This was supposed to go up on Friday, but in all honestly I was not feeling well enough to take and edit my nail photos before today so… Forgive me for the slight delay lol) Before you ask, no, these won’t likely be a weekly thing, but I’ve been planning different kinds of nail related posts for almost every week from until the end of March, and we’ll see how we’ll do after that. I do enjoy the simple kind of posts where I just share my nails, but I’ve been thinking that maybe some of you out there would get more value from a variety of content, so that’s what I’m trying to do here as the spring goes forward.

But today, you’re getting an old-fashioned nail art post, with this look that is more or less inspired by this year’s nail trends - which I’m planning to touch more on in a future post, stay tuned at the beginning of next month if that sounds interesting to you. 

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For this look, I had to learn a technique I’ve never really dabbled into that much, and that technique is dry marbling. I'll go more into detail about this under the next picture, but I can say now that it's truly a technique I'll gladly learn more about later on.

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To create this, I started with Holo Taco Long-Lasting Base, and after that dried, added a coat of China Glaze Blanc Out. Then when the color was all dried, I went in with another coat of color, and let that dry before adding a layer of Glisten & Glow Top Coat. 

Then it was time to do the dry marble using acrylic paint. You read that correctly, I didn’t use nail polish to do the design, but rather checked out some marbling tutorials for acrylic paint (some for nail art, some purely for art in general), and figured out my own way to do it. I found adding thick drops of colors, blending them in a little with a dotting tool (a toothpick works too if you don’t have tools), and then dabbing over the pattern with plastic wrap a good way to do this. Acrylic paint is quite an amazing medium to work with, because you can fix mistakes with water, without ruining your base color. 

Lastly, I let the design dry, added gold flakes (mine are from Born Pretty Store) on the edge of the marble and color, and sealed it all in with the Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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This was such a fun mani to do, and it made me try something a little different which is always a pleasure. Also, the end result is pretty cool, even though I say so myself. The inspiration pictures for this design I found from Pinterest here and here (click!), and they are also saved for my Nail art inspiration board here (click!). I swear, trying out new things like these make me want to branch out even more with the nail art, so if you have a nail trend you want me to try out for you or a technique you’d rather I test out first, let me know and we can try to make that happen!

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Now, all I have left here is to ask:

What do you think about this mani? Let me know in the comments!

I have to say, trying out the acrylic paints here lit up a whole new art fire inside me, and I can’t wait to see what else I can do with the paint. I will definitely report back on it as a nail art paint once I do a little more trying out in different forms, but I’ve already scheduled a date when I will have more info on that for you all. Also, I’m hoping to do a marble tutorial once I experiment with the technique a little more and will be able to actually clearly explain the steps to you. If any of that sounds interesting to you, stay tuned with the blog by following it in Bloglovin’ or following my Instagram where I do update the latest posts on the link in my bio whenever new posts go live. I’m working on better announcing the posts on Facebook and Twitter too, so if those are more your kind of platforms you could keep up through them as well. I’ll see you very soon with another post!

Have a wonderful week ♥

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