Marble nails: a step by step guide

Marble nails are hot on trend right now so we wanted to help you create this nail look with a simple step by step guide. Enjoy and let us know how you get on in the comments below or on our social media.


Step 1 – Remove the previous design

You can soak this off using acetone or gel polish remover.

Top tip- Break the top coat seal with a hand file so that the solution can get deeper and soften the gel polish.

Alternatively, you can gently file this down with either a hand file or an electric file

Step 2 – Prep the nails

Remove the shine with a hand file or buffing block – be careful not to damage the nail bed.

Remove the dust from the hand and the nail station.

Apply bonder (We use the Gellux fast bond or IBD dehydrate 14ml) for better adhesion of the gel polish and to prevent lifting


Step 3 – Apply the gel polish

Apply your base coat, cure in LED lamp for 30 seconds.

Apply two layers of black your preferred colour (depending on how rich the colour is, you may need a third layer) – cure after each layer in LED lamp. We have used the Gellux Gun Metal.

The next layer needs to be wet (not cured) to allow the colours to blend and create that marble effect

With a fine brush use a pale colour to make random lines, changing the thickness. Blend with the dark colour using short strokes.  The brush we like to use is the Lecente detailer brush or The Edge nail art brush.

You could also use another colour, such as dark grey between the black and white to ensure a better blend. The Gellux shade in Slate Grey is the perfect grey.

Once you are happy with your marble look, cure this in the LED lamp.

Step 4 – Foil application

Choose your transfer foil. We have used the Lecente Bright Gold foil.

Without removing the tacky layer, press the foil randomly where you think it will look best – it looks great on the white marble. If you transfer too much you can move the foil or break it down using a brush and delicate movements.

Step 5 – Finishing the design

Once you are happy with the design, apply a top coat and cure in a LED lamp.

Wipe off the tacky inhibition layer with polish remover or d.sperse.

Finally, apply some cuticle oil and admire your work!


Don’t forget to tag us in your creations on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We love to see your work.

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