Marble nail designs are stunning nail designs, created to look like the most beautiful marble countertops you’ve ever laid your eyes on. But if you think these looks were difficult or complicated, you’re very much mistaken. There are lots of ways in which you can easily achieve this seasons hottest trend, and here are 21 stunning designs to get you started…
21 Marble Nail Designs
1 – Classic White + Black Marble Nails
Although it looks complicated, the marble nail effect is a by easy one to recreate. To start with, you need a base coat and in the case of these white marble nail designs, you’re obviously going with a white polish colour.
Next you need your marble feature colour and in this case, we’re going with black. Using the contrasting colour, dot and squiggle different sized lines and splodges, using a small brush to blend them together. Using some alcohol or nail varnish remover will help to make the smudging and marble effect easier to achieve.
2 – Milky Marble Nails
If you don’t have the time to create your own marble nail designs make an appointment at the nail salon, cheat it like we have with a very clever little tool called the nail wrap.
Nail wraps are amazing creations – you simple take the sheet of polish, flatten it down on your nail, neaten up the edges, and apply a top coat to finish. There are plenty of designs to pick from, and on Etsy alone, we found hundreds of marble nail designs in wrap-form.
We do love a good cheat tip!
3 – Grey + Peach Marble Nail Designs
If you don’t have the time to head to a nail salon to get a gel polish, you can achieve a super shiny and long last gel manicure at home, even with these creative marble nail designs.
You can buy gel top coats which do the job just as well, and although they don’t quite live up to salon standards, still last longer than your regular at-home mani which makes them a great idea to us!
4 – Long + Pointed Marble Nails
When you’re going with an intricate pattern like these marble nail designs, longer length nails are always going to give you a better finish, although that’s not to say you can’t achieve the same effect on shorter nails. You just have more space to play around with shapes like these long and pointed beauties.
Silver foil / tape has been used to really make the look come alive in this clever design, and if you don’t have that to hand, you might find that streaks and smudges of a metallic nail varnish, or even glitter, can have a similar effect.
5 – Marble + Negative Space Nails
Combining two amazing nail designs in one, we have marble effect plus negative space. Mix the two together and you have a simply stunning nail look that anyone would be proud of.
Using the usual marble technique, simply apply nail tape to the nail before you start painting to leave a blank space. This will be your negative space.
Just remember to wait until it’s all completely dry before you remove the nail tape otherwise you’ll be left with some nasty nail smudges.
6 – Marble Meets Matte
Marble and matte together sounds like it should be brilliant, and it really is. The good news continues – you can buy a matte top coat which turns any nail polish you have at home into a matte finish instead of a glossy one.
Once you’re done with your clever marble nail designs, simply add that matte top coat over the top and wait for it to dry. You’ll see it turn more and more matte as it does so.
7 – Rainbow Marble Nail Tips
Why stick with boring old black, white and stone-effect marble when you can have rainbow marble nail tips just like these? There’s something very beautiful about those washed-out pops of colour, and the fact that they’re just on the tips makes them much less obvious to wear – perfect for those who can’t get away with bold and bolshy nails.
If you’re going to go for long nails, in our experience, it is easier to do ‘regular’ things with these pointed nails than with square tips. Typing, picking things up, everything seems easier with a point rather than a blunt edge. Just a little tip from us to you!
8 – Marble + Chrome
Marble and chrome – why wouldn’t you? It looks fabulous. We love the white and chrome nails here, but that pink shade just adds a little something extra to it. You could switch that pink for any shade you liked too – perfect for when you need to pick and mix your polish colours to match outfits.
If you have short nails and therefore not the length to play around with complicated and intricate designs, opt for a multi-look – different designs and finishes on different nails. Alternatively, pick one nail and make that one your feature marble nail. It gives you the perfect starting place to practice.
9 – Marble Nails D’Orange
Who doesn’t love orange? My grandmother once told me that if you want to make your tan stand out more, orange is the way forward and overtime she went on vacation, she’d opt for bright orange talons. We’re not sure whether or not we believe that but we know that we love these orange marble nails, and we know she would too!
If you want to recreate those gold flecks on the marble nails, use gold pieces of foil – you can buy them from most places that sell nail supplies. Give it a finishing coat of clear polish when you’re done, and you’ll have dreamy orange nails just like these.
10 – Marble + Rhinestones
Why wouldn’t you add rhinestones to marble effect nails, that’s what we want to know? We love this look, probably a little too much for us to wear everyday to work, but for a special occasion, we’d love to rock these smashing designs.
It goes back to that one feature nail we talk about so much – sometimes all you need is one nail to stand out to make your entire hand look fabulous.
11 – Mermaid Marble
We love mermaids, we love marble nail designs, so we definitely, one hundred percent love these mermaid marble nails, using stunning shades of blues, greens and pastels to leave you with a wave effect look.
Glitter works well to catch the light obviously, but this is an optional extra. These nails would look stunning with or without that shimmer.
12 – White Marble + Negative Chevron
Mimicking the look of stone, these stone effect marble nails are to die for, don’t you think? There’s something very luxurious and sophisticated about them, like neutral suitable-for-work nails but with a bit of an edge.
Swirling and blending these complementary shades together takes a bit of practice but once you’ve got the hang of it, you won’t be able to stop with these stunning stony designs.
13 – Unicorn Marble Nail Designs
You can cheat a marble effect nail with the help of magnetic nail polish although we haven’t got the hang of that yet so we daren’t dry it for ourselves!
(Have you ever tried to use the magnetic nail polish? We always make such a mess!)
By layering and mixing / matching different tones, shades and finishes, and then using the magnetic tops of the polish bottles to swirl them all together, you can be left with some stunning designs. Although we think using nail wraps (or a nail salon) to create these marble effects might be easier.
14 – Stone Marble Nail Designs
There are two types of marble designs for your nails – water marble and these stone-effect marble. They have two slightly different finishes, one being more tie-dye marble and one being more … well, stone-effect.
If you’re following a tutorial on Youtube, make sure you’re following the right one. We accidentally did the water marble nails first because we didn’t read the description properly … (Our bad!)
15 – Ink Marble Nails
We love these marble effect nails – they look a little like ink splodges, and we also love the way the gold foil has been used to accentuate those swirls and lines.
These coffin nails sure are amazing, and the fact that they’ve matched with that pastel pink shade just makes our day. These are everything we love about nails right now!
16 – Cherry + Blue Stiletto Marble Nails
For when you can’t make up your mind what kind of mood you’re in, use each hand and paint it a different colour. The blue and cherry red shades in these stunning nails look a little ‘Captain America’ inspired, and we couldn’t help but fall in love with them.
Plus, who doesn’t love long and spiked nails like these? For special occasions and big events, these ones are definitely a surefire winner.
17 – Muted Metal + Marble
We love marble and we love metal so add the two together and you have some very happy nail-fans. These are stunning and we can’t get enough of them, muted shades used to make them easy to wear during the day, but with just enough about them to make them really stand out.
It’s such a simple design – add your white base coat, add your black swirls and use nail varnish remover to run them a little, add those pale pink and peachy splodges you can see and do the same with the nail varnish remover, and then finish it all off with a nice, strong and durable top coat. To give them even longer staying power, use gel polishes.
18 – Half + Half Marble Nails
Another marble nail look we’re simply in love with, these half and half nails are amazing and we would never have thought of putting these two ideas together. We’re awfully glad we’ve seen this one, and we’ve added it right to the top of our nail to-do list.
Use silver nail foil or tape to split the nail in two before using that to separate the two colours and designs. Add the marble effect to the tips and mix it up by having a whole nail, a black nail, a neutral nail, etc. The choice is yours – go crazy with it!
19 – White Marble + Gold Tape
And if you’re not in the mood for some silver accents, opt for gold instead. Both metallic hues work with this mesmerising marble effect, and once you’ve done your nail, add your silver stripe, and you’re basically done.
One thing we learned when we did this on our own nails was that the nail foil stripe needs to be in exactly the right place on every nail otherwise it doesn’t look quite right. You might find it takes you a little bit of practice.
(And if it doesn’t, well done… And how did you do it?)
20 – Marble + Rhinestones
More rhinestones on our marble nail designs but this time, we’re going with black ones. Dark and light are two brilliant contrasts, and with the one featured dark nail, this look is perfected.
With this look, one thing we would definitely recommend, is having the glue and a few spare rhinestones with you at all times. These little critters have a habit of flying off at the worst moments … Like when you’re about to get that fabulous new selfie and you really want to get your new talons in the shot.
21 – Marble Mix
And to top it all off (for now), we’ve got this magical marble mix. You’ve got glitter, the black half n’ half design on the pink finger (which we LOVE!), marble, rhinestones … It’s basically everything you could ever want your nails to look like.
Out of all of the marble nail designs we’ve shown you, these were our favourite. Glamorous, picture-perfect, and sophisticated- everything marble nails should be.
But what about you? What were your favourite marble nail designs? Have you felt inspired by any of the ideas we’ve shown you today? If you get creative, don’t forget to come back and let us know what you did. We can’t wait to see your creations. If we love them, we’ll feature you on the list.
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