So, this week’s beauty post is going to be a crash course on nail art, I’m going to try and cover as many techniques as I can in as few words as I can.
Note: I only keep natural nails, and I’m sure I’ll miss a few techniques so feel free to share them in the comments below!
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Glitter- is an easy and fast way to spice up any nail look. (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Apply Topcoat (3) Shake, Pour, or Dip on Glitter (4) Wait until tacky around 30 seconds then Press down on glitter (5) Apply Top Coat again
Flocking Powder -also known as Velvet Nails and is very similar to applying Glitter (1) Paint nails like regular (in the same color as your Flocking Powder) and let dry (2) Apply Topcoat (3) Shake, Pour, or Dip on Flocking Powder (4) Wait around 30 seconds then Press down on Flocking Powder
Decals/Embellishments (Fimo, Gems, Rhinestones, Studs, Chains, Feathers, & Stickers) - (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Apply Topcoat or for a longer hold use Nail Glue (3) Wait until tacky around 15-20 Seconds, then place Fimo, Gems, Studs, Chains (cut to size), Feathers (cut to size), & Stickers onto Top coat/Nail Glue (4) Let dry and apply Top coat
Stamping - (1) Paint nails like regular, and let dry (2) Apply Polish over the image on the plate (3) Scrape off excuse polish from the plate (4) Stamp the image using your Stamping Sponge (5) Let dry and Apply Topcoat
Nail Stencils – (1) Paint nails like normal, and let dry (2) place stencil over the nail and paint the nail with a different color from the first (3) remove stencil, and let dry (4) apply topcoat
Nail Foiling - (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Apply Nail Foil Adhesive, wait until 30 second or until glue becomes clear, as it starts off white (3) Apply Foil, Shiny side up, and press down and smooth with finger, then peel off foil off (4) Apply Topcoat
Transfer Paper - Most of these come in kits with everything needed (1) Apply base coat, and let dry (2) Cut a piece of transfer paper big enough for your nail (3) Apply transfer paper solution onto printed side of the paper, saturating it (4) Place the printed side facing down onto nails, and coat again with transfer solution, while placed on nails (5.) Press firmly for 15-20 seconds, then remove paper (6) Once again apply solution and let dry (7) Apply Top Coat
Sponging or Ombre - (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Apply polish on to your sponge, in an ombre, going from lightest to darkest, or apply polish in a random order (3) Dab some of the polish onto a paper towel (4) Dab the sponge onto your nails (5) Apply Topcoat
Striping Tape and Taping - Striping- (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Apply Topcoat (3) Cut and place striping tape; keep applying until you have your desired design (4) Apply Topcoat
Taping - (1) Paint nails like regular (2) Place striping tape in the patterned of your choice, while leaving some of the tape hanging off the sides (3) Apply another polish on top (4) Wait until tacky around 15-20 Seconds, then carefully peel tape off using the tape hanging off (5) Apply Topcoat
Water Marbling - (1) Paint nails like regular and let dry (2) Fill a bowl with water (3) Using Clear tape, tape around your nail, protecting your finger, but also leaving your nail exposed (4) Drip nail polish colors into the water, creating a ring of colors (5) Using a toothpick or another tool of choice, create your patterned (6) Dip nail in, face down into your design, and lift out, give it a few seconds to dry (7) Apply Topcoat and clean fingers as it will sometimes get messy
Nail Brushes - Can be used to draw on any design you can draw, with nail brushes it’ll make drawing a lot easier instead of using the brush that comes with nail polish, also can be used with Acrylic paint which dries faster than nail polish, and if you mess up can be cleaned up if done fast enough.
Nail Pens and Striping Polishes – Are just nail polishes with small mostly thin brushes, and the pens comes with small tips, making them great for detailed nail art