This colourful marbled mani I did some weeks ago was so insanely easy, pretty and popular, it seemed a shame not to share my method. Really, though, there’s nothing more complicated here than a simple dotticure sexed up by – wait for this revelation – dipping your dotting tool into TWO different polishes at once. Sounds naughty, looks stupendous – like accidental, intricate marbling you actually intended to create! And if you’ve ever tried to marble anything in nail art, then you know it’s a relentless pain in the arse, so any simplification is more than welcome.
First, begin by rounding up your tools. For this manicure, I used just three lacquers, Enchanted Polish’s orchid pink Dope Jam, golden yellow House of the Rising Sun and dusty blue September 2015. Marbled together, these polishes create cool new blended colours – blue and yellow makes green, yellow and pink produces orange, and pink and blue makes purple. So no need to bust out your entire polish collection for this dotticure; just pink, yellow and blue will get the rainbow job done nicely.
For this manicure, I used a small dotting tool I’ve had forever and these polish palette rings from Daily Charme I was gifted last Christmas. I particularly like the paw print ring, which is why I’m sporting it in these tutorial pics. It fits securely, but not snugly, and is well balanced so it doesn’t slide to either side of your finger mid-mani.
So having assembled your little arsenal, let’s get down to the criminally easy step-by-step.
Step 1: Paint your nails to opacity with a basic white creme.
Step 2: Once dry, slip on a polish palette ring and fill the tiny divots with your three chosen lacquers. Should you not possess jewelry that doubles as a beauty tool, simply dot your polish out onto whatever surface you typically use as a palette.
Step 3: Take your dotting tool and dip it into one polish (say, the pink) and then another (this time the blue.)
Step 4: Dot onto your nails. Two or three dots per nail should do it.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the yellow and blue polishes.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the pink and yellow polishes.
Step 7: Fill in any blank spots or gaps that are irking you for a more cohesive design.
Step 8: Once dry, top with a high gloss, quick dry top coat such as Seche Vite. Then stand out in the sun and admire all your maybe-not-so-hard work!
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Thanks very much, and thank you as well for the follow. 🙂
Great mani and tutorial, but holy cow, I’m distracted by how cute that paw palette ring is! I didn’t know such a thing existed! I’m always impressed by innovative nail art tools and bonus points if they’re cute.
The only way they could have made this more appealing would be if it came in a rainbow multi-chrome finish!
Such a fun, easy and creative idea! Finally something I think I can MAYBE pull off! 😂
That pallete ring though! I absolutely adore it!! I had no idea such a thing existed but I love it even just to wear!
Thank you, and you can pull it off! This is an easy one, and designed to look a bit undone, just in case you make any boo-boos.
The ring is adorable, but maybe a bit large for everyday wear, yes? Although there are celebrities that wear diamond rings around that are that huge…but nowhere near as cute!
I will have to remember this look the next time I want to sit down and work on my nails!
Ahh, I love this! I’ve got to try it this summer. Thanks for sharing! 😀
You’re welcome! It would be super cool in neons for summer – very hot weather-appropriate.
Awesome tutorial! I’m going to try this, it’s easier than what I’ve done to get a marbled effect.
Thank you! Good for small little things like this, but I wish there was a way to cover a larger area, because marbling is just the devil’s work. I do maybe four or five marbled designs a year and they’re all like pulling teeth.
Haha! But the designs are just so beautiful, aren’t they?
It looks so easy, haha. I might try it out but I’ll probably fail because I’m the worst with polishing my nails! Thanks for the inspiration tho! xo
That’s because it IS easy! And you won’t fail, because dotting tools are easy and by design it’s supposed to look sort of smudgy and uneven. So even if you goof, hey, maybe it was on purpose? 😉