Nail art doesn’t stray to just one solid colour anymore. From actual art, reproducing paintings on your nails, or just a simple French tip manicure, the possibilities are endless. But where do you start? How do you get a straight line or stop the polish from going all over your nails? If you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, here are 20 DIY tips and tricks you should know.
20. Cold Nail Polish
19. An easier way to clean up the mess
Have you ever gotten your nails perfect except for that one little spot on your skin, and when you take it off it touches your nail and you have to start all over again? Well, not anymore. Now you can put Elmer’s School Glue or vaseline with a small brush around your nails to protect the skin. Once you are finished painting your nails you can peel the glue off or wipe off the excess vaseline.
18. Another way to clean up
If, even after the glue has been taken off, there is still unwanted polish, you can always use Makeup and Beauty Blog’s trick with an eyeliner brush and some acetone to remove what is left. The small brush will allow you to get into the small crevices without hurting your nail polish.
17. How To Grow Your Nails Long
There are 5 easy ways you can grow your natural nails quickly. You can use a nail hardener /strengthener/basecoat over your nails even when you aren’t using colour. The base coat will give your nails extra strength and durability and leaves a barrier between the colour. You also need to keep your nails and cuticles moisturized, especially in the winter months so your nails don’t dry out and become brittle.
When you do take polish off of your nails, try and use a non-acetone remover when possible. Acetone can remove the natural oils in your nails and cause them to become brittle over time. While doing dishes or using chemicals make sure to wear a good pair of gloves to protect your hands and nails from being in the water and soaking up the chemicals for too long. One of the hardest habit to break is keeping your nails out of your mouth. The less you bite the longer they will grow.
16. Nail Shape
Now that your nails are the perfect length, you can make them the perfect shape. You can shape your nails to suit your hands. An almond-shaped nail looks more feminine and gives the illusion that your hands are thin and delicate. A square shaped nail is more suited for medium to long nails, because of their shape they do require a lot of maintenance so be sure to carry a file with you. A rounded nail still gives the elegance of a square nail but allows for more durability if you use your hands a lot. If you have a really short nail bed the oval-shaped nail is best suited for you. It allows your fingers to look delicate and because they are rounded are good for durability.
15. How to paint your nails the right way
Now you can paint your nails just like the pros. Just remember to follow your nails and to be careful not to let nail polish sit on your cuticle bed.
14. Long-lasting Polish
13. Brighter Neon
Ever wonder why your neon colours don’t seem to come out as bright as you want them to? If you find they just aren’t bright enough, add a solid coat of white polish on your nails first. The white polish will give the neons a base to work with and will appear brighter with the bright base underneath it.
12. Sharpie Art
Who ever said you could only use nail polish on nails clearly lied. You can use a Sharpie marker on top of a base coat or base colour to create a more detailed design. The Sharpie will allow you some control and if you make a mistake you can always take some alcohol on a cotton swab, brush or q-tip to erase it and start over.
11. Straight Line Art
No longer fight with lines that just won’t stay straight. Use tape (either scotch or specialty nail art tape). If you don’t have tape, you can also use a bandaid or even a rubber band to help create the line. Press whichever you decide to use against your nail, making sure there are no bubbles, paint your line, and then remove the tape.
10. DIY Matte Nail Polish
No longer spend time searching for the perfect matte nail polish in the right shade as you can make it yourself. All you need is loose eyeshadow powder (make sure the eyeshadow is a fine powder whether you crushed it yourself or it came that way) and a clear top coat. Once it is fine, add some of the clear top coat mixing well and all that is left is to use it and admire your handy work.
Everyone loves sparkles but no one likes the mess they leave. So instead of fighting with them why not use an old makeup brush and gently caress them into place? With your base colour still a bit tacky, use a makeup brush to pick up the sparkles and carefully dab it onto the wet polish. Once it is dry, use a top coat to hold them in place.
8. Making A Manicure Last Longer
You can make a manicure last longer with just some glitter. After your nails have grown out, you are left with this big gap between the colour and your nail bed. If you can’t justify getting it fixed every couple of days or are still in love with the colour, it’s an easy fix. Just grab your favourite sparkly nail polish and make an ombre effect with the most saturated being at your nail bed. Then top with your favourite top coat and you saved the manicure for a bit longer.
7. How To Fix A Broken Nail
Everyone knows the heartbreak of a nail breaking. Well, not anymore! Just follow the simple steps and no more broken nail. If you don’t have nail glue you can also use a little bit of super glue if you are really in a pinch.
6. Ran Out Of Nail Polish Remover, No Worries
Have a date in 20 minutes and ran out of acetone? No need to panic. All you need is vinegar, lemon juice, and warm water. Make sure to use equal parts lemon juice and vinegar in one bowl and the warm water in another. Soak your fingers in the warm water for about 10 minutes then using some cotton and the lemon vinegar mixture, soak your nails for 20-30 seconds and then rub off your polish.
5. Getting Rid Of Pesky Stains On Your Nails
Who knew you could use toothpaste for more then just your teeth? If you find your nails are still holding some of the colour from your latest design, grab some whitening toothpaste and a nail brush. Make sure to get as much off with polish as you can beforehand. Then, massage the toothpaste into your nails. With a damp nail brush, gently scrub off the toothpaste making sure not to push to hard. You can repeat this 2-3 times to make sure it all comes off.
4. Dotting Tool
Make your own dotting tool with some quick steps. Now you can make cute polka dots and patterns yourself. All you need is a pencil with an eraser at the end and a pin with a round end. You put the sharp end into the eraser and you can use the head of the pin as the dotter. You can also use a toothpick if you don’t have any of those things lying around.
3. Ombre Nail Art
To make your own ombre effect, all you need is the colour of your choice, some white polish, and tin foil. Use the tin foil as a plate for your polish. Take the main colour and make a small puddle on your tin foil, then make another puddle beside it adding one dot of white. Make 5 puddles all together, each puddle adding a little more white. Making sure to mix the polishes well as you go. Now all you need to do is paint your nails in the right order and you have your own ombre nails without having to buy 5 different coloured polishes.
2. Galaxy Nail Art
Ever wonder how they made those amazing galaxy nails, well you can do it too. All you need is a sponge, dotting tool, black, blue, white, and purple polish and some sparkles. This can get messy so remember to use a barrier such as the Elmer’s glue or vaseline.
First, paint your nails black. Then with the blue and purple polish and your sponge, dabb on your nebulas. If you want lighter nebulas, you can dab on a touch of the white as well. They don’t have to be perfect or even the same on every nail. Once you have the nebulas on, it’s time for the stars. Take your dotting tool, or a toothpick, and use the white nail polish to made dots on your nails. You can make big or small ones depending on what you like better. After everything is dry, add your sparkles and a top coat.
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