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How to paint ombre nails with plastic wrap marble

Ombre plastic wrap marble nails

I love the ombre look and have done it several times. I saw the pin from Glitter, She Wrote with instructions on a plastic wrap marble look and since I already had an appointment today, I thought I would try this out. It is always hard for me to pick a color, but pink is my favorite so I decided to go with that for my base.

I started with two coats of pink and waited approximately 6 minutes for them to dry. Six minutes was not long enough, and I immediately smudged my nail trying to cut the plastic wrap. Luckily, I was going to add a messy color on top, so I didn't have to bother with fixing it, and you can't even see where that error was. Finally, a technique works even if you have smudges and dings!

Plastic Wrap marble nails how to

I tore off a few strips of Glad Cling Wrap approximately two inches in length and cut them into strips. You don't want to reuse any of these plastic wrap squares--especially if you are doing the ombre nail--since you are actually pulling the polish off of the nail and don't want to combine the colors. I started with my pinky nail and used the lightest color of blue. I only add one coat of polish and immediately pulled off with the plastic wrap. I found you get a better result if you give it about 15 seconds to get a little bit tacky before removing, as less of the polish comes off.

Ombre plastic wrap marble nails

As you go through this process, be sure you are painting and marbling just one nail at a time. If you try to paint all five at once, the polish will be a little too dry by the time you get to the last nail. Also, as you I got to the larger nail bed I received better results from blotting smaller areas of the nail rather than one large press. Just dab a little at each side in small blots--again, this removes less in one place and gives more of a marble appearance.

Ombre plastic wrap marble nails done

I love how my thumbs turned out using the darkest color. After I finished all ten nails I added a top coat and gave them a full ten minutes to dry. The top coat gave it an extra shine, and I really love the results! Next time I'm thinking of trying this with a neon pink base and black on top.

Have you tried this? Let us know what you think in the comments!



Nail Designs Nail Designs 9/23/14 2:56 am

Amazing, love them! So cute!

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