Nail art is the practice of painting decorative designs on the fingernails or toenails. Nail art do not only decorate nails, but also correct the shape of the nails. Skillfully performed design will make your nails unique. Nail art allows the wearer to personalize their nails to coordinate with their clothes, makeup, shoes and accessories. Although nail polish and nail brushes are available for home manicures, doing intricate nail art on your own fingernails can be quite difficult. Painting on such a small area as fingernail requires a special talent, courses of manicure and specialized training in hand-painting.
=> Make sure your nails are in good shape. Your nails should not be bitten. You don’t need a manicure to start creating nail art, but you do need to make sure that your nails are clean and shaped well.
=> Choose the right products. Experiment with a few different brands and types of polish or paint to see which you like best. You can buy professional-grade nail art kits that include all the brushes, stripers, and marbling tools you’ll need, or you can improvise. A toothpick or bobby pin, for example, can help you apply dots and swirl colors with precision, and thin-tipped detail brushes available at your local arts or hobby store can work just as well as special nail art brushes.
=> Look for ideas and techniques. Taking a class at your local nail salon. Just a few hours with a professional teacher can advance your skills like years of practice.
=> Get your materials ready. Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need ready and accessible, especially acetone for quickly removing mistakes.
=> Give your nails a base coat. Before you begin your nail art you need to create your canvas. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can paint your nails a neutral color, such as clear, white, pale beige or pale pink, or you can paint them any other color you desire. Do two coats, as it strengthens the nail and gives a better finish. Make sure your “canvas” is neat and even, and allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
=> Create your nail art on top of the base coat. Dip your brush or other tool in one color of paint to make sure the paint adequately and evenly covers it. However, don’t make your nails look too “busy”. Simple designs are often the most beautiful, and if you’re a beginner your chances of success are far greater the simpler your art is.
=> Apply a top coat. Once all your nail art is dry, paint over it with a clear protective acrylic top coat to seal and protect your nail.
So you, too, can create beautiful, unique designs to brighten up your nails. Happy to try it at home?