#clairestelle8sept challenge – Marble

Hi! The latest prompt in the #clairestelle8sept challenge is marble. I’m not brave enough to try a water marble just yet, so I wondered how else I could interpret the prompt. I did a bit of googling and found a technique called dry marbling (also drag marbling and needle marbling!) which looked doable. I decided on a blue palette, and started with a coat of Sally Hansen Blue Crush. Blue Crush is an electric blue shimmer, and the colour reminds me of the mascara I used to wear in the 80’s!

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Please excuse my middle finger, I dented it doing the photos.

I did the marble one nail at a time. I added a second coat of Blue Crush, then added random drops of three other blues while it was still wet. I used a very small dotting tool to drag the polish around for the marble.

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I’m really happy with the result, especially for something I’ve never tried before. The three blues I used for the marble were OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number (darker blue shimmer), Models Own Asscher Blue (mid blue) and Nails Inc The Tide Is High (pale blue).

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As you can probably tell from the last photo, I stamped over it. I used Essence Stampy Black and Born Pretty Store plate BP-50.

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I chose a pattern that reminded me of water marble designs and stamped away. The Essence Stampy polish worked well, but I hadn’t realised it was a matte polish (the big ‘matte’ on the handle should have alerted me!) It was more charcoal than black until I put a coat of INM Out The Door over the design to seal it all in. Obviously using top coat means I lost the matte effect, but that doesn’t bother me and I preferred it glossy.

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It does make me think of a blue zebra design! I am very happy with the outcome though.

If you’d like to see more challenge manis, search for #clairestelle8sept on Instagram.

See you soon,
Love, Jo x

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