Hi, hi, hi! I hope everyone is off to a good start to the week. Today I want to share some tips and ideas on easy nail art. I know a lot of what I post might look complicated but there are some easy ways to dress up your nails.
The easiest way to add a bit of something-something to your nails is to add glitter. You can layer 1 or 2 coats over your existing manicure, tape off a section of nail and just paint that section, or do a gradient.
Here's a mani I've shared previously - I taped off the top of the nails and painted the tips with glitter.
And here's a gradient where I've started layering glitter from the tops of the nails but have concentrated on the tips - this is A England She Walks in Beauty over Ulta3 Silver Grey.
Another super easy nail art technique is to create dots. You can buy dotting tools online or at nail supply stores but if you don't want to buy one, you can try a straightened-out paper clip or the tip of a pencil. Here's a previously shared polka dot mani
But you're not limited to just polka dots, you can use dotting tools to create flowers - check out this tute for instructions. I used Butter London Sprog for the base and Butter London Snog and Orly Dazzle for the flowers.
Or you can try this ruffle manicure - check out the tutorial over at Chalkboard Nails. I used Orly Green Apple for the base as well as for the dots plus Zoya Tart and Zoya Creamy.
Another easy way of creating something fun on your nails is to use stickers, decals, diamantes, and fimo clay. These can be stuck on while the top coat is wet or attached using nail glue. You can purchase stickers and decals at chemists and nail supply store. You can purchase diamontes rhinestones at craft stores and online. You can purchase fimo clay sticks online.
Here's a previously shared mani featuring rhinestones
Taping your nails is a really great way to create nail art. You can use Scotch tape, masking tape or painter's tape - my preference is Scotch as I think it creates cleaner lines. For finer work you can also buy striping tape.
Here are two manis I've already posted about, in the first I taped off the nails and painted the tips, in the second I taped off half the nail diagonally.
Sponging is one of my favourite effects, I buy make up sponges and cut them into small pieces. When sponging it's a good idea to have something on which to put your drop of polish - I use a piece of plastic, then dip the sponge into the drop of polish, sponge once on the plastic to remove excess and then on my nails.
Here's one of my fave manis where I used sponging to create a galaxy-look
Nail art pens
Nail art pens are becoming more popular and more widely available. They are great for doing detailed work and give more control than a brush
Here's a mani where I used a nail art pen for all the outlining
This one is simple: grab some brushes and get painting! Treat your nails like a canvas and paint whatever design you like. You can use the brush in the polish bottle, make up brushes or go all out and buy a set like this one - their brushes are cruelty free/vegan and synthetic.
Here's a lovely look you can create just using the brush in the bottle, it's called a heart-fishtail or a chevron-fishtail and there's a tute at Chalkboard Nails. I used Orly Lemonade, Zoya Sweet, and Butter London Trout Pout.
I first discovered stamping a few years ago and I purchased a set and some plates and I really enjoy being able to easily decorate my nails, especially with some of the more intricate designs. These days there are lots of brands available and easy to find online. I suggest googling them first because some brands make their designs too small. My fave brands are Konad and Cheeky. There are lots of videos online to show you how it's done.
To start you'll need the basics, some plates and a rubber stamper. You don't need the plate holder or the scraper, you can just put the plates onto whatever surface you're working on (I like to lay them on a tissue on top of a plastic place mat) and you can use any hard plastic card like a loyalty/membership card to scrape off the excess paint if you don't buy the scraper.
I used to clean the stamper with polish remover in between but a friend suggested sticky tape and it's much better, so lay out some before you start.
Have patience, sometimes the polish is not opaque enough, or your nails have residue on them, or your stamper needs cleaning. When you get going and start doing it more often it gets easier and it's a lot of fun.
Here's a mani I've posted about before, the vines were done using a stamping plate
And that's it for today! There are lots of great sites with many more ideas, so if there's something you'd like to do on your nails just google it because you're bound to find someone who has done it.