Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Guest Blogger - Michelle Lab Muffin

Where am I today? - Somewhere off the east coast of Australia, sipping a cocktail watching the kids play in the water park on the top of the cruise ship.

Guest blogger #2 for you tonight is Michelle from Lab Muffin sharing a drag marbling tutorial.  I've never tried this technique, so it's great to share something new on my blog. Take it away Michelle.


I'm Michelle from Lab Muffin and Polish or Perish, and I'm very excited to be posting a tutorial here that many people have asked me about - drag marbling.

If you love the random swirly patterns of water marbles, but don't want to deal with the mess and frustration, you might want to try out one of my favourite techniques, drag marbling. The effect isn't quite as spectacular in my opinion, but to me it's got its own special charm, and it's much less trouble.
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The specific design I'll be showing today is a tortoiseshell design. It was the first nail art I ever posted on my blog, and I recently redid it here. Despite having a year more experience, I don't think it turned out much better (although my photography has improved a lot!), so I'd say it's a pretty foolproof technique!

You'll need:
- Base and top coat (Nails Inc Caviar and Seche Vite in my case)
- Two polishes, one creme and one metallic - I used ulta3 Black Satin and Sunkissed
- Pointy toothpick

First, prep all your nails with base coat and let it dry. It's easiest to work on one nail at a time through the next steps:

1. Paint a thick coat of your creme polish.

2. Immediately dab a stripe of your metallic down the middle of your nail. It doesn’t have to be neat, it'll soon be unrecognisable!

3. Grab your toothpick and quickly draw a messy zigzag down the middle of your nail (I've indicated my zigzag in purple).

4. If you worked fast enough, your nail should now look like this! If there are lots of bald patches, you can try working faster, making sure only the point of the toothpick is in the polish, or using slower drying polishes.

Clean up the edges and add top coat to finish.

I love this look because it's so easy to create interesting patterns with this technique! If you try it, I'd love to see the results :)


  1. I love this - will definitely need to try it

  2. ohhhh that is so cool! perfect for autumn too!

  3. I need to try this again, love this manicure!

  4. I'm looking forward to trying this and with different color combinations too.

  5. I need to try this! I don't know why I didn't yet!

  6. I'm a big fan of drag marbling because it's so much easier and less messy than water marbling (that, and I'm lazy)!

    Hope you're enjoying your holiday, Cathy, and thanks for a great guest post, Michelle!


  7. What a nice and easy nail art technique :) And the metallic copper on the black looks stunning.

  8. Wow so simple yet stunning! thanks Michelle!

  9. Thanks ladies! Glad you liked it :)

  10. These are so simple yet elegant! Will definitely give it a go!

  11. I love this look, I am going to try this seriously :)

  12. Great tutorial, I'm going to try it. Love the colours you've used!


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