A collection of our top marble nail looks and how you can create your own. We’ve seen it on our floors and countertops. We’ve used it as home décor. We’ve likely walked by it many times on the street and, it can even be used as inspo for our nails. That’s right, today we are going to tell you all there is to know about the “marble” aesthetic and how you can achieve the look.
Marble is a type of rock that develops when limestone is exposed to extremely high pressures and temperatures. When this occurs, crystals begin to form giving the rock the “marble” appearance that we are all familiar with. Today, the print can be found practically anywhere but for many centuries it was a rare beauty utilized only by the wealthy.
The use of marble dates back to Ancient Greek times when the stone was used to make statues, buildings and flooring. Despite this being over 2000 years ago, marble is still used for essentially the same purposes today.
One of the most amazing things about marble is that because it’s a natural phenomenon, each stone has its own unique design. This makes it a wonderful inspiration for fashion and beauty as it opens a world of possibilities.
When we think about how this translates to nails and the vast and diverse range of manicures it could create, it’s almost too exciting. And want to know what makes this nail look particularly appealing? It’s the perfect DIY project.
You heard us right. These cool and trendy nails can even be done from the comfort of your home. Although the process is fairly easy, there are definitely some important things to keep in mind to ensure a more efficient application.
For the ultimate DIY marble nails follow these steps:
- Create a bare foundation for your marble nails by removing any oils or polish from your nails (a cotton ball soaked in acetone works best for this)
- For a professional manicure feel push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick and add a white polish to each of your nails
- Apply vaseline around each nail to ease the process of removing nail polish (marble nails can be messy and some lacquer will inevitably get on your skin)
- As soon as your nails are fully dry, fill a bowl or cup with water (make sure it’s room temperature)
- Choose your polish colors and allow a few drops to fall into the water one at a time (as fast as you can- the polish spreads quickly)
- Take a toothpick and begin making swirls in the polish until you have achieved the desired design
- Now for the fun part: scoop each nail into the polish until it is lying flat on your nails (this movement should really be a scoop and not a dip)
- Complete step 7 one nail at a time, cleaning up the surrounding skin as you go (it’s preferable to do it this way so that the polish doesn’t dry)
- Once the marble design is fully dry apply a clear top coat
And voila! You’ve just finished your very own marble manicure.
Note: to ensure the best results remember to use regular nail polish. Because the polish has to float on the surface of the water, a gel consistency will not work as it’s too heavy.
Note 2: this technique can take some practice to master so don’t worry if the first couple of tries doesn’t work out. You’ll get the hang of it!
Now let’s dive into the good part.
1. Galaxy Marble Nail Design
When it comes to a marble nail you can never go wrong with a blue and black design. This color duo is cool and mystical and reminds us of the galaxy. If you’re wanting to add an edgy vibe to your look this mani is just what you need.
2. Lavender And Emerald Marble Nails
Traditionally, there are color combinations that appear more often than others. Black and white and pink and blue are great examples of this. A color duo, however, that we don’t see as often is purple and green and we are here to change that. To achieve this mani the artist has utilized the color combo beautifully, incorporating lovely shades of lavender and emerald. To bring an element of glamor to the marble design, a subtle golden touch has also been added.
3. Dreamy Green Marble Manicure
If you’re a person who likes to stick to one color when it comes to your nails, we have just the thing for you. Marble can be formed not only by two distinct colors but also by one color in different shades. This nail look, for example, features a forest green as the main shade and a slightly lighter green hue for the accent color. This look is dark and rich and would be a great manicure for the cooler months.
4. White Waves Marble Nail Design
For a classic choice of color, you can never go wrong with black and white. Like the previous look, this manicure uses dark, rich tones as the foundation. To get the marble effect a white smoke-like design has been added. If you like to be noticed then this is the perfect nail look because you’ll definitely be catching people’s attention with this manicure
5. Pretty In Pink Marble Nails
Are you ready for the ultimate pink-girl mani? This manicure is absolutely stunning and honestly gives Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Hot pink and white hues are used to create the marble effect while a clear polish gives the look a glossy finish. This look is bright, bold and flawless.
6. A Little Marble And A Little Sparkle Nails
If you’re familiar with our page you’ll know that we never say no to sparkles- especially when it’s combined with a marble print. A deep, rich plum purple is the central color in this nail look while a light lilac shade is used as a complementary hue. If you’ve been feeling like you need a little glam in your life then this manicure is a great start.
7. Pink And Orange Marble Nails
For the ultimate summer dopamine palette go for bright and vibrant hues such as this pink and orange. This color combo is serving sunny warm days at the beach and we can’t get enough of it. We also love how the marble has been applied using various techniques such as a french tip and half nail. And don’t forget to add a little golden shimmer for a summery glow.
8. Pink Crystal Marble Manicure
Pink comes in an array of bright and gorgeous hues and this particular shade is not disappointing. For this nail look, the marble has been formed through a monochromatic aesthetic. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it describes a style that only uses one color palette- think of an all-black OOTD. Shades of pink make up this marble print and for that element of pizzazz, a few gems have been added.
9. Mint And Marble Nail Design
For a fresh and subtle marble, this manicure is perfect. A marble print doesn’t always have to take up the entire nail. In fact, it can also be flattering when used sparingly such as in a few spots on one or two nails. This artist has chosen to apply the method in a light mint green shade over a white, matte base. To make the nails pop, golden foil can also be found adjacent to the green polish.
10. Choco Marble Nails
Brown is often believed to be a boring color reserved for the elderly. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Brown has actually been an it color in the last few years due to its retro aesthetic. Brown comes from the ‘70s and is the ultimate throwback shade. Like the previous look, this manicure uses marble in a subtle manner, only applying it to one nail. Various other techniques make up the remainder of the nails including french tips and ombré. Golden nail art has also been added to elevate the choco-inspired mani even further.
11. White And Gold Marble Nails
Is it just us or does painting your nails white always just feel like a breath of fresh air? This manicure uses the marble effect in a unique way, forming the design with nude and white polishes. Because of its neutral background, the marble almost appears as though it were mist floating across the nails. For an elegant and refined appearance complement the marble with french tips and golden foil. This look would be perfect for any white-themed party.
12. The Roaring ‘20s Marble Nail Design
With its black and golden hues, rhinestones and sparkles this nail look couldn’t resemble anything other than the aesthetic of the roaring ‘20s. The ‘20s were a prosperous time when people partied a lot and dreamed big. If you’ve ever seen The Great Gatsby you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. The main style during this era was glamor, glamor, glamor- exactly what this manicure represents.
13. Sparkling Night Marble Manicure
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Have you ever stood outside and just stared at the night sky in awe of its vastness? It’s such a beautiful sight it’s no surprise that it has been made into nail art inspo. This marble manicure features a black base and dreamy silver sparkles. If you can’t get enough of a starry night sky then why not bring it straight to you?
14. Ocean Marble Nails
Now, this is the manicure we’re getting for our next vacay. Aqua marble print brings us straight to the ocean and beige accents represent the beach all too perfectly. If that wasn’t enough, butterfly and heart stickers give the look an even more summery vibe. And of course, diamonds had to be included because with this mani we’ll be tropical queens.
15. Neon Pink Marble Nails
For another vintage vibe try these ‘80s-inspired nails. Neon was everything during this decade and has since made a huge comeback. In fact, this spring and summer are all about bold and bright. Make any outfit a little more colorful by adding this vibrant pink marble design. Add a few rhinestones for a touch of glam.
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16. Bright Green Marble Manicure
Speaking of vibrant colors, this green marble mani is another perfect look to get you on-trend this summer. If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve likely seen this color everywhere. We are loving the shade in this monochromatic palette and think it would be the perfect addition to any green-inspired fit.
17. Peppermint Candy Marble Nails
Okay, tell us this manicure doesn’t remind you of those swirly red peppermint candies everyone has tried at least once in their lives. A red and white marble mirrors the design found on the treat while the clear top coat is just like the smooth and glossy finish of the candy. Can you tell we have a sweet tooth?
18. Evergreen Marble Nails Design
If vibrant hues are a little too bold for you and you’re looking for a color that is more understated, pastels are a great way to go. Pastels are perfect for the warmer months as they provide a fun pigment while not being too over the top. This nail look utilizes the aesthetic in a light and refreshing pastel green marble print. And are we just seeing things or is that a marble ombré? Now that’s creative.
19. Mermaid Marble Nails
With the real-life little mermaid coming out next year, we are looking for all of the under the sea inspo we can get. And what says mermaid more than dreamy purple hues and sparkles? Marble is the perfect print for this theme because it resembles waves, softly moving through the ocean.
20. 3D Princess Marble Nail Design
If mermaids aren’t your thing and you’re more of a princess girl, then this is the marble nail look for you. Purple, due to its rarity in nature, has over time come to be the symbol of royalty. This makes it the perfect hue for this glamorous and regal-looking manicure. Accent the color with sparkles and diamonds for the full princess experience.
21. Gray And Purple Marble Nails
For the opposite energy, opt for a purple mani with darker hues. This nail look has achieved this by pairing the color with dark gray marble. For an even edgier feel, the nails have also been filed into pointed tips. This mani is fierce.
22. Long Black Marble Manicure
A purple and gray marble mani is great, but for a classic edgy nail look, there’s nothing better than a black-inspired manicure. This look features a transparent black marble design as well as a complementary black matte nail. If you love an all-black OOTD you won’t want to miss this.
23. Turquoise Marble Nail Design
We love a nail with a good story and this mani is full of surprises. Turquoise comes from the French word for “Turkish” because hundreds of years ago the turquoise mineral was transported to Europe from Persia through turkey. This manicure uses the stunning and ethereal shade with a subtle and glamorous technique.
24. Black And White Marble Nails
The most common color combination for marble is black and white. It’s classic and timeless and works great not only for home décor but also for your nails! To achieve this look, black and white marble nails are accented by glossy white polish and diamonds. This mani would be great for any event where you want to give off a classic chic vibe.
25. Coffee Dream Marble Nails
Do you like to start your day with a freshly brewed latte? Or perhaps you’re more of a black coffee type of person. Or, maybe you’re a little bit of both. With this café-inspired manicure, you can have it all. Rich black hues and a caramel marble print is the perfect look to match your morning wake-up routine.
26. Pink And Red Marble Nails
Traditionally, red and pink were strictly off-limits in the beauty and fashion industries. Because the hues are so similar, people felt they didn’t flatter one another. Luckily, the world finally woke up and realized that the truth is quite the opposite. Red and pink are a power color combo that will give any marble mani a fun and feminine touch.
27. Strawberry Milkshake Marble Manicure
Summer is coming and with it one of our fav retro drinks: milkshakes. Riverdale made the ‘60s diner popular again and we’re here to bring back their iconic milkshakes. Well, in the form of a nail anyway. With its vibrant pink hues, this marble design couldn’t be any other flavor than strawberry.
28. Lilac Marble Nails
Speaking of summer, lilac is another shade that we can’t get enough of during the warmer months. Just like the flower, this color is bright and cheerful. Add a white polish to create that marble effect and you will have the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.
29. Blue World Marble Nails
Have you ever looked at an image of earth from the perspective of space? If you have, one of the first things you likely noticed was how vast the oceans are. Not to mention how beautiful. Now if we could take this image and make it into a marble nail it would be exactly this manicure. Truly outer-worldly.
30. Marble And More Nail Design
To elevate your marble manicure try pairing it with various other designs such as sparkles and nail art. Blush pink is the perfect shade to do this with if you want to have a diverse canvas while not being too extra. The palm leaf also provides a nice, summery touch.
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31. Magenta Marble Nails
On the other hand, if being extra is what you do best then a bold and vibrant hue is just what you need. And what says bold and vibrant more than magenta? The marble effect in this manicure is more subtle allowing the color to be the main focal point. For an even greater wow factor add some 3D nail art in a contrasting shade.
32. Marble Minimalist Nails
Minimalism is having a moment and we are here for it. This nail look captures the aesthetic perfectly with its soft white hues and subtle designs. French tips and a faded marble also work to create the epitome of simple elegance. Whether it’s for a winter wonderland-themed party or a summer wedding, these nails are not only perfect for any occasion they are also perfect for any season.
33. Milky Way Marble Manicure
For a similar vibe but something with a little extra glam, this look is perfect. A white marble print is accented by a nude and white ombré and a touch of glitter is added to the pinky nail for that punch of pizzazz. And here’s a cool thought- what if the white marble was representative of the milky way and the sparkles were the stars? Now that would be interesting.
34. Pink Lightning Marble Nail Design
Marble comes in so many unique shapes and patterns. This marble print, for example, moves across the nail in a diagonal formation, almost resembling lightning bolts. And how gorg is the sparkly hot pink over the baby pink polish? We are obsessed.
35. Green And Purple Marble Nails
Green and purple- not only a hit song by Travis Scott, but also a great color combo for your next marble mani. This nail look is truly a piece of art with its unique and intricate design. To start, a transparent polish is painted over an oval-shaped acrylic base. Feather-like marble print is then added to small sections of each nail. Sparkles also make an appearance for that bit of glam. This look is definitely on the trickier side so we recommend going to a professional.
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36. Perfectly Pink Marble Manicure
For another fabulous nail look that will turn heads when you walk by, go for this elaborate pink mani. When it comes to drawing attention to your nails, long acrylic coffins are a must for the foundation. Gems, sparkles and fun designs will also aid in creating this effect. Luckily for you, this manicure has all of that and more.
37. Glittering Gray Marble Manicure
It doesn’t get more classic than this. White and gray hues work to create that fun and timeless marble print we all know and love while the sparkly finish puts a glamorous twist on the classic look. This marble manicure would be perfect for those wanting to try DIY-ing it.
38. Daisy Sky Marble Nails
Imagine this: it’s a warm, summer day. You’re laying in a field of bright and fragrant daisies looking up at a clear blue sky. “Sigh”. Oh, what we wouldn’t give to manifest this right now. For the time being, we’ll have to just settle for it on our nails. Which, if you ask us, really isn’t settling at all because this marble mani with its majestic white, blue and yellow hues is simply dreamy.
39. Rose Marble Nails
If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s nail or are simply in the mood for something a little romantic, this manicure is just what you need. As the colors of love, pink and red couldn’t be more perfect. The soft fluidity of the marble is also stunning and reminds us of rose petals floating across a pink sea.
40. Pebble Marble Nail Design
As we know, marble print originally comes from a rock, so why not try a stone-inspired marble manicure? Gray and black hues provide a neutral-toned palette that is both chic and versatile. If you want to try the look at home this would also be a great option.
41. Green Fairy Marble Nails
If you’re on the brighter and more cheerful side of the “fairycore” aesthetic then you are going to love this look. Earthy sage tones are used to create this cool and majestic mani. Sage green is not only an it color at the moment but it is also the perfect shade to achieve that sweet and earthy fairycore feel. And make sure you include some nail art such as diamonds and pearls- fairies need their accessories too.
42. Groovy Marble Manicure
Speaking of color, this manicure is giving rainbow realism. Vibrant and bold hues were a significant part of aesthetics during the ‘60s to reinforce the carefree lifestyles of the hippies. Now if this marble mani isn’t a tribute to the “groovy” era we don’t know what is. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited about this nail look, bright and colorful hues are everything this season and will make you the ultimate trendy “it girl”.
43. Retro ‘80s Marble Manicure
If you’ve ever watched a video from the ‘80s, you are likely familiar with the hazy aesthetic of the cameras back then. Today, we view this as retro and cool and even try to replicate it in videos on TikTok. Painting it on our nails is another way in which we honor the aesthetic. To get the vintage look on your mani go for “dreamy” hues such as purple, blue and golden. For this marble, it’s important to try and make the melting of colors as seamless as possible- as if each one is softly drifting into the next.
44. Gray & Gold Marble Nails
For a unique marble manicure, try a color combination such as gray and gold. Despite it being a flattering duo, gray and gold are seldom seen paired together. But when it comes to marble, this combo is a must as it’s actually one of the most accurate and realistic portrayals of the original inspiration: bright yellow crystals in a smooth gray stone.
If you’re unsure about what to get for your next nail appointment try out a marble print. If you want a classic feel make sure to stick to neutral marble prints in hues such as black and white. For a fun and trendy look, try a marble effect in bright colors, sparkles and 3D nail art. If you’ve left this article feeling confident that you can DIY it (we hope all of you are feeling this way!) then make sure to start with a simple design. Unless of course, you’re already a pro, then go for all of the marble milky ways and mermaids you can manage.
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