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Abstract marbled nail art tutorial

When it comes to nail art trends that I want to try, I tend to move towards the ones that are intentionally a little bit messy because if you screw it up it is way less obvious than a straight line that has been ruined. This particular nail art tutorial has an effect that lies somewhere between marbling and abstract painting and it can change from finger to finger. This is one of those tutorials that can take a bit of playing around to get the technique just how you like it. I recommend using our glue beauty hack so that you can get as messy as you like with minimal clean up.


  • White nail polish base (We used Revlon Nail Enamel in Ethereal)
  • Coloured nail polishes (We used ModelCo Don’t Be Grey, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Up In Charms and Revlon Nail Enamel in Privileged)
  • Clear top coat
  • Plastic bag and scissors


  1. Cut a small square (about 5 cm x 5 cm) out of your plastic bag.
  2. Apply a base coat of white nail polish and allow it to dry completely. You may need to do a couple of coats if your nail polish is too watery — you want a nice solid white base.
  3. For each finger, put a small drop of each of your nail polish colours directly onto the nail.
  4. Take the plastic bag and press it down over the nail, wriggling it very slightly to get the colours to blend together.
  5. You may need to further splodge the plastic bag onto the nails to get a more marbled effect.
  6. If the colours are coming across too dark for your liking you can do a light coat of a soft pink or white to soften the appearance.
  7. Once you’ve done all your nails and allowed them to dry completely apply a clear top coat.

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