You do not have to be a nail artist to accomplish impressive nail art. With just a little bit of creativity and a few simple tools, you can create truly fantastic works of art that will catch eyes no matter where you are. Nail art isn’t as difficult as it looks, but it may take a little practice.
From fancy to whimsical, here are some easy nail art ideas:
This truly easy technique just requires one simple tool: a wooden cuticle stick. Start with your nails painted a solid base color. Then pour out a tiny bit of whatever color (or colors) you want to use for your polka dots. Then, simply dip the pointed end of the cuticle stick into the polish and lightly dot it onto your nails. You can even vary the sizes of your dots by using different tools, such as the end of a bobby pin.
Pro Tip: You can use a disposable plate or even a piece of parchment paper as your surface to make cleanup easier.
The French manicure look is a classic look that goes with any outfit and any situation. French manicured nails always look clean and classy. You can create this look at home in a few simple steps.
The trick to super simple do it yourself French manicured nails is tape. A small piece of tape that isn’t too sticky, like invisible tape or even masking or painters tape, will make this trick easy without leaving residue or getting too stuck. Simply apply the tape to your finger, leaving the end of the nail free. Paint the end of your nail the traditional white, or have some fun with different color tips. Let it set for about 30 seconds before removing the tape and applying your topcoat.
You can also use tape to create all sorts of geometric lines. You can create diagonal lines across your nails or straight lines, and even plaid patterns if you have the time. Simply apply the tape to cover the part of your nail that you do not want painted and then let it set before removing the tape. A fun look is to cover half of the nail from one corner to the other, thus painting half of your nail in a diagonal pattern. Choose coordinating colors such as black and white, or even use your favorite sports team colors.
Would you like to get the look of pretty patterned nails without spending a fortune on nail wraps? You can achieve the same effect with metallic Sharpie markers. Start with a base coat of whatever color you choose. Then simply draw on your pattern with the metallic Sharpie. You can do stripes, polka dots, chevrons, or whatever else you can come up with. Metallic markers typically come in silver and gold, which look positively precious on top of black, gray, light blue, or pale pink nails.
All of these nail art ideas are super simple and can be achieved with little to no money at all. Who needs a professional manicurist when you can create impressive nail art all by yourself? Use these tips before a great night on the town, holiday parties, or just for a fun everyday look.