On sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, many creative people showcase their manicure-perfect nail art. To make your fingers look this good without paying for a manicure, you have to learn some of the basics. Learning about the right tools and techniques will help you create beautiful nails. This article provides tips on how to do your own beautiful and creative nail art.
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Clean your nails
The bowl of hot water at the salon does more than make your hands feel great, it also helps create a great environment for gently pushing back your cuticles and helps your manicure last longer. To make a nail soak at home, simply heat some water and add a few drops of oil. You can use olive oil to help moisturize your nails, or essential oils such as lavender oil. If you decide to use oils, make sure that the water is warm, not hot, when you add the oil to prevent accidents. There are also recipes for cleaning and strengthening your nails (using diluted apple cider vinegar) and lightening stained nails (using lemon juice). After your soak, gently push the cuticles back from your nail. Let nails dry before you paint them.
Prime your nails
If you buff your nails before you start, you can get rid of all of the debris you collect on your nails over time, as well as providing a smooth surface for the polish. Do not buff too often, as it weakens your nails over time, just every once in a while as an extra treatment. Clean the nails of debris before you apply a coat of primer. Primers serve to protect your nail from the harsh chemicals in nail polish, while providing a smooth base for the color. Manicures done on top of primer are less likely to chip.
Get the right tools
To make dots and lines of different sizes, you can purchase nail dotters. One popular alternative is a bobby pin that has been stretched straight. Most people who are seriously invested in nail art use a set of nail art brushes, which are shaped, sized, and manufactured to work well with nail polish. They work a little bit better with nail polish than most paintbrushes, and don’t require any extra effort on your part. Other tools include nail art tape, allowing you to paint you non-dominant hand without relying upon your own stability.
Experiment with different polishes
There are a large number of various types of nail polish and finishes to experiment with. Finishes range from matte, to satin or semi-matte, to full gloss styles. You’ll also want to determine the level and type of glitter you like. Most nail art avoids glittery finishes, preferring to make the designs themselves the first thing you notice about their nails. In the end, you’ll need one black and one white nail striper, and the rest comes down to your preferences.
Keep an inspiration gallery
To come up with your designs, keep a gallery of nail art and tutorials that you like. You can print or cut out pictures that you like and keep them physically, download them to your hard drive, or keep them on a site like Tumblr or Pinterest for future reference. Keeping an inspiration gallery can help you if you don’t know what to do, and support you develop your own designs. Pay attention to commonalities in designs that you like. Do the designs have similar colors (like bright colors or earth tones)? Do they use similar kinds of lines (in terms of width or pattern)? Do they all use the same finish (matte or gloss)? Develop your own designs from these common themes.
You can learn how to do great nail art at home by learning the basics. Begin by soaking your fingers and priming your nails to create a long lasting manicure. Getting or making the right tools can help you create beautiful and clean designs. Experiment with different kinds of nail polish to find the ones you like best. Finally, keep an inspiration gallery of designs and tutorials you like to build and develop your skill and learn to create your own designs.