Whether you're planning a Halloween manicure, a fall manicure or a "just because" manicure, let this easy dry marble technique be your go to choice. Not only is it a ridiculously easy manicure (seriously - anyone can do this), it looks super cool and can be done with a million different color combinations.
I'm partial to the smoky look, so I tend to use a black base with this one. It looks especially awesome with a red, silver, green or purple, as pictured here. You can also do a black and blue smoky, dry marbled manicure. The black and blue combination is one of fall 2012's hottest color combinations, so you'll look fabulous and be on trend at the same time.
Enough talking, here's how to complete this super easy manicure.
The colors I used here were Rimmel's Lasting Finish Professional Nail Polish in Black Satin and Dr's Remedy's Enriched Nail Polish in Grateful Grape.
Step 1: Prep your nails
Nail preparation is key before any manicure. File your nails so they're all the same shape, apply a cuticle oil (olive oil works well) to nourish the cuticle and remove any nail polish from your previous manicure. Follow up with a base coat. This helps your manicure last longer and protects your nails from stains.
Step 2: Paint nails black
Paint one coat of black nail polish on your nails. If you're doing a different color combination, simply paint one coat of your darkest nail polish. If the nail polish isn't dark enough (you can see brush strokes or your natural nail peeking through) then paint a second coat. Let the nail polish set until it's completely dry.
Step 3: Apply drops
In the center of your nail, apply a drop of your black nail polish (or whatever your base color is). Next to the black drop, apply a drop of your secondary color.
Step 4: Marble it
To marble the colors, use either an old nail polish brush, tiny paint brush, tooth pick or even straight pin. Swirl the colors around your entire nail. You do not have to be too methodical about this. Part of the charm of a smokey, dry marbled manicure is the abstractness of it.
Step 5: Top Coat
Wait for the marble to dry completely and then paint a top coat. This seals in your design and creates a glossy finish.
Did you attempt this look? If so, tell me how it went in the comment section below.
Wendy Rose Gould is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion topics on a daily basis. She believes a woman should never leave the house without fabulous hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. Follow Wendy on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.