Nail Art: Think Outside the Bottle
Whether you’re getting your nails done professionally or having a girl’s night manicure party, you’re going to love these so-simple-you–can-literally-do-it-yourself designs. Unless of course, you seriously need someone else to paint your right (left) hand.
Colors That Sparkle.
If you’re going for one color, try to lather on as much sparkles as possible to cover the nail. Most glitter nail polishes spread scarcely which is why we love this “stained glass window” color collaboration with full nail coverage. It’s so bright and inviting! Black nail polish is always a perfect compliment for gold (or any kind of) glitter. When using glitter and a base coat color, choose a glitter that will play-up that base!
Drawing the Line.
Everyone’s afraid to draw the line sometimes…but don’t let the boundaries intimidate you! One trick for super-professional-do-it-yourself (it might be a better idea to have some assistance if you have that “one hand only” issue…) looks is to use tape. Using about 2 inches of tape, tape one half of your nail and paint it. Wait for it to dry, then flip the tape over flat, and then secure it by taping the ends together. This way the sticky side isn’t on your freshly painted nail. Then paint. If you’re going for layers of stripes, it’s easiest to draw a straight line using the tape and work your way down.
Hop outside the stereotypical French-tip box (although it is a classic) and try something a little more daring. For the daisy pattern, use a very small nail polish brush, toothpick, or nail art pen. Then get like Georges-Pierre Seurat and make your flowers out of dots. If you’d like to design your tips with a triangle, the easiest way is to use our old pal friend, tape. Apply your base color and let dry. Then using about an inch, tape your fingernail crossway, using a darker color (or glitter!) to go over your base.
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