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Malachite Marble Nails Tutorial

March 13, 2015 - 125 Comments


One of my favorites from my Song of Style Jewlery line is the malachite bracelet. I’m super into nail art lately so I decided to replicate the malachite design onto my nails! I mean St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner so wouldn’t this be the perfect accent instead of actually wearing green? The tutorial is basically the same concept like the DIY Marble Coasters we did. Easy but not going to lie, a bit messy!

You’ll need:
-Nail Polish of your preference, choose opaque colors. (I chose Esse Ruffles & Feathers & O.P.I Black Onyx)
-3 Disposable Paper bowls or cups
-Filtered water
-Couple of Tooth picks or skewers (something with a sharp tip)
-Damp paper towels
-Nail Polish Remover
-Cotton swabs
-Masking tape (not pictured)

First, you want to cut and file your nails if necessary.  Put a coat of the base color.
Dab a little bit of Vaseline and rub it right on the edge of your skin, but be sure not to get it on the actual nail bed. 514B3267
Next, you want to tape around the edge of the nail to protect your finger from the nail polish. Masking tape works well, because it’s easy to remove.
514B3274Prepare a bowl of lukewarm filtered water, since it’ll be easier on the polish to spread out.

Since nail polish dries up fairly quickly, you have to move in a fast pace. Have all the tops unscrewed and ready to use. You have to make your designs in a smaller scale, since the bed of your nails are much smaller.collage1
First, I added few drops of the the green polish, then added four drops of the black polish. Then added green into the middle, and alternating with the black. The number of drops is up to you.
Take your skewer or tooth pick and start making your patterns and stop when you have a nice pattern that you like. If you keep going you may ruin it.
514B3293 514B3296 You can either individually dunk your finger, or like me just do all four which saves time but you have the chance of not loving your design. I’m going to be honest, it took me about 2 tries to get it right. Holding your finger horizontally, dip your fingers into the water and make sure it is completely submerged. Use the skewers/tooth pick to trace around your finger, gathering up all the unused nail polish in the bowl.  Wait til the polish dries then remove the tape.514B3309
You might still have polishes hanging around the edges of your nails. Take a brush or a Q-Tip soaked in nail polish remover and use it to remove any leftover polish. When all is complete, put on a top coat and tah dah!

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