Followed by clothes, hair and shoes, the next trendy item is nail art. It’s getting popular by the day, as it enables girls to enjoy the attention their nails bring in. Nail art requires creative designs, making use of various art forms.
Many may be in awe of nail art designs, yet apprehensive of creating designs on their own nails, as they consider that to be a difficult job. Thankfully, it’s not as that difficult as many imagine it to be, though it requires a bit of patience and some practice. Here are some easy art designs for your nails, prompting you to get started before graduating to more complex designs:
Effortless Nail Art Designs for Novices:
Alternating the Colors:
This is the simplest to accomplish, needing minimum effort. Simply use different colors for each finger and get them noticed.
Use of Effect Polishes
You can get nail polishes for creating many effects, such as Crackle effect, Magnetic effect, Croc effect and Color changing etc. You’ll find them easy for quickly giving your nails a different look.
Water Decals/ Nail Wraps/Nail Stickers
You can also get numerous ready-to-use nail art designs, including water decals, full nail wraps and nail stickers. You can get these with instructions for use, and beginners will find these easy to follow.
Nail Art Deign With Stripes
Stripes make your nail look attractive. You can create stripe with the help of an art stripper, otherwise you may make use of a slim brush.
Dots look stylish with simple looks. You may use dots on nails to create flowery designs. This is probably the simplest and the first step for nail design without any templates.
Animal prints of leopard and zebra are not at all difficult to create, and they make your nail look very cute.
Polka Dot Heart Nails
Valentine Day may be far away, but this design is suitable for any time of the year. Pink always looks cute, be it any part of year. For creating this design, leaving your ring finger, dust all your nails in pink. The ring finger is to be painted white, followed by heart-shaped polka dots with the help of a toothpick. Make dots with pink in different shades and finally apply a top coat to seal the design.
Nail Art with Rhinestones
You could easily add some bling to the nails, and rhinestones are wonderful for getting a party look.
Fishtail braid manicure – Getting this look is easy and you can surely get it right if you have some patience. You’ll need three nail paints of different colors, which would overlap. You have to give time for each layer to get dried up and it’s over.
This is another very easy design. You just require nail paint in chocolate color and a few decorations, such as hearts (perhaps you’ll find busted hair clips handy). Use nail glue to stick them together and put in golden glitter nail paint on the thumb and pinky.
Colored Rhinestone Half-moons
Half-moon nail arts look classy at all times! In this case, you paint your nails in black and then include rhinestones in different colors close to the cuticle areas, followed by a top coat that dries quickly.
Tips with Glitter Gradient
For a fresh look, try glitter gradients. Paint your nails with black paint and with help of sponge add fuchsia glitter nail paint. Do apply a top coat after it gets dried.
Water Drops/Few Drops Nail Art
For getting this look, you make a maroon to purple gradient and follow that up with a matte top coat to cover it. Allow it to get dried before adding dots of plain nail paint with help of a toothpick on single side of nails.
Glitter Gradient on Half-moons:
This gives very refined and stylish looks. Should you prefer this, paint your nail with mauve and add silver glitter with help of a sponge over the half-moon part. You may also use glitter eye shadow or just dry glitter mixed with clear nail paint.
Digital Nail Art
These designs simply look great if executed appropriately. First, you paint the nails in white and allow them to dry thoroughly. Next, with help of a black stripper pen draw black lines and fill in some areas with diverse color, leaving some areas white. To get an even better look, you may need to draw black lines once again. After it has dried, apply quickly a drying top coat.
Mix match nails
Mix and match nail give a very chic and terrific look. This can be achieved by applying yellow paint on the middle finger plus thumb, the pointer finger in black will have white polka dots, the pinky will have black and white lines, and the ring finger will have a graphite glitter color. Once you are done with nail paint, apply a top coat.
Feather Nail Art
It’s getting trendy to have real feathers on your nails. Just paint your nails and add feathers on painted nail while the paint is wet. Give it some time to settle down. Then, trim the feather in the shape of nails and finally apply the top coat.
Chain and stud nails
For getting such nails, you need to paint these in two colors and then add chain and studs over them. You would also have some animal print on the pointer and pinky finger.
Glitter nails with dark-colored tips
This look is achieved by painting your nails with glitter polish and adding thin dark-colored tips. Finally seal the nails using a superior top coat.
Gradient with stamping nails
For getting this design, just make gradients using varied colors on all the nails, stamp them with your preferred design, and apply a top coat at the end.
Glow in the dark nails
You’ll find these superb when going for a night out. These are special nail polishes formulated to glow in dark.
Basic Nail Art Tools for DIY Beginners
So you want to try your hand at DIY nail art but where do you start? The first thing you need to do is get your hands on some basic nail art tools. This is a list of my 5 essential DIY nail art tools.
1) Nail polish
The essentials are: a base coat (to prevent nail discolouration and allow your nail polish to glide on smoothly), nail polish, and a top coat (to ensure your manicure lasts for more than a day). I like to use a quick drying top coat cos that saves oodles of time and is so convenient to use, but it’s also good to have a normal top coat or clear polish in hand for certain more complex nail designs.
After trying loads of different brands, I’ve found that it’s so important to invest in good quality nail polish. These are more expensive but they’re worth it cos they last longer, dry faster and don’t get lumpy. I’ve had such bad experiences with cheap nail polish that now I’m just sticking to brands that I’ve used before (and like) and reputable brands. Orly, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen and Essie are some of the good ones. It’s also a good idea to test out polish from a brand you’ve not tried before buying it.
2) Nail dotters
Nail dotters help create dot and circle patterns. I use these all the time to create simple polka dot designs. They come in a variety of sizes. Starting out, it’ll be good to get your hands on one that has a medium sized round nib on one end and a small one on the other so you can choose the size of the dots you want to create.
HOW TO USE: Find a plastic sheet and drop a few blobs of nail polish onto it. I like to use name cards that are hard and feel a bit plasticky for this cos they’re small and disposable. Dip the round nib of your dotter into the polish. Try doing a few dots on the sheet/name card till you get the right size and consistency that you want. Do the same onto the surface of your nail. Be careful not to use too much pressure, that may cause the dots to look deformed. Remember to clean them after use and dry thoroughly. These tools are made of metal and susceptible to rusting.
MAKE YOUR OWN: It’s also easy to create your own nail dotter using stuff you have lying around your home. Bobby pins are a cheap and convenient alternative. Just bend them out straight, and use the round tips at the end like normal dotters. Because all you need is a round end, you can use anything that resembles a dotter, like the back of an eyeliner pencil cap, for example.
3) Nail stripers
These, to me, are an absolute essential. They are nail polishes that come with a long, thin brush rather than the usual flat and broad ones. I use them for painting lines and adding random flicks of colour. They are so easy to use and very versatile. I recommend getting two colours, white and black, when you first start. Brands like LA Colors have a wide range of colours and come pretty cheap, so have fun with it!
If you don’t want to have to buy a new polish every time you want to try another colour, you could alternatively get a nail striper brush. However, not all brushes are good for nail polish. I’ve tried nail polish on a few and they completely ruined the hairs on the brush. Use water-based nail paint if you must. This makes it much easier to clean the brushes. If you’ve used nail polish, use acetone, some soap water and a paper towel to clean your brush.
4) Stationery tape
Ever wondered how DIY nail artists create super neat and straight lines and stripes? Using tape you can create many different geometric and striped designs.
Stationery tape is one of the best tools EVER for nail art. Any sort of normal scotch tape is fine, but you can experiment and see which give you the best results. They’re great for creating neat lines and geometric shapes. Just cut the tape into the desired strip/shape, paste it onto your nail and paint over. Easy as that!
- Always make sure that your base nail polish is thoroughly dry though. Use a quick-drying top coat like Seche Vite if you don’t want to wait.
- Cut the tape before you start painting your nails so you avoid smudging when you try to cut it with wet nails.
- Paste the tape somewhere where it’ll be easily removable so that you don’t get them stuck when you want to paste them on your nails.
- Use tweezers to remove the tape to prevent accidentally messing up your nails.
- If you mess up, you don’t have to start from scratch again. Use a nail art brush and touch up where necessary. This usually does the trick.
5) Nail art brushes
If you’re really serious about doing nail art, you might want to consider investing in a good set of nail art brushes. The main types of brushes for nail art are fan-shaped brushes, flat brushes, flat angled brushes, thin brushes (for detail) and long stripers. These brushes can be purchased conveniently (and rather affordably) in a set. The Bundle Monster New Pro 20pc Nail Art Design Brushes from Amazon is a pretty good bargain and comes with a dotter.
MAKE YOUR OWN: You don’t need to use nail art brushes for nail art, you could even use your usual paintbrush. Just trim it to the shape you desire and use it like a nail art brush! It’s convenient and not to mention cheaper to start with a paintbrush.