Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Spruce Up a Boring Mani with Simple Nail Art!

I don't know about you, but even if my manicure lasts for DAYS, I find myself bored by the third day of rocking the same color, no matter how pretty it is. So here, I have for you some very simple ways of jazzing up your manicure without having to change polish. This also works for adding a little something extra when the weekend rolls around.

I have broken down the techniques from beginner to intermediate to advanced to expert, but one thing is for certain: no matter what your skill level is, you'll always be able to show off some fantastic fingers!

Beginner Level: Polka Dots!

This is pretty much the easiest way on the planet to do nail art. I use dotting tools of varying sizes, but you can still do dots if you have a toothpick or a bobby pin on hand.

You can go monochromatic like above...

Or vary the colors with metallics over white or jewel tones over neutrals!

You can even do dots of all different sizes and in lines to play with geometry.

Or my personal favorite...

Use dots of top coat over a matte base for a dewy effect!

Intermediate Level: Stripes!

I know that free-handing stripes can seem daunting at first, but with a little practice, it will become second nature. Don't worry about them being perfect. Truthfully, unless you're taking photos in macro, nobody ever notices.

I recommend starting with a nail art striping polish (like Stripe Rite or Art Club) before you graduate to a striping paintbrush.

The little double corner stripes are very easy to start off with because they don't require a lot of movement of the brush. It's also a nice little pop that isn't too overboard for the workplace because of its subtlety.

A vertical stripe of glitter adds a nice sparkle for the weekend!

When you're comfortable with straight lines, try some curved ones next!

And then try out varying thicknesses of your stripes!

Advanced Level: Transformation!

Use a sheer or jelly glitter polish to build up a gradient without sponges.

Use crumpled up saran wrap dipped in nail polish to make a cool, swirling effect on your nails.

Expert Level: Mixing Techniques!

Use a cosmetic sponge to create a gradient and paint in details with a nail art brush.

Use stripes and gradients to create dragon scales.


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