These days, merely painting your nails red isn’t really enough anymore; there are some brilliantly artistic and creative designs out there to transform your nail painting into real nail art. Of course, it doesn’t have to be quite as complicated as it may seem; you don’t really need to go out and buy fancy tools or products, you just need some motivation!
We’ve compiled some of the best nail art hacks so that you can join the trend with ease, regardless of your creativity or perceived skill.
French Mani Touch Up
If your French mani still doesn’t come out perfectly even the way you want it, there’s an easy way to hide you’re your mistakes without the frustration of having to start all over again. Get yourself a glitter pen from any stationery or craft shop and draw a line where the white meets the pink.
Scotch Tape is Your Friend
You don’t need the steady hand of a tattoo artist to create the perfect zig-zags or stripes; all you need is scotch tape to guide you. Make sure the base color is dried for at least an hour before taping and painting again.
Using the same technique as for the snake skin nails, you can take an old piece of lace, wrap it around your nail, and dab the nail polish on with a makeup sponge. An easy but complicated-looking lace nail design!
Love is in the Air
Hearts on nails are adorable, whether you want them all over or simply on one accent nail. All you need to execute the perfect heart is a handy toothpick. Use the toothpick to make two equal-sized dots next to each other, and then drag each of them down at a 45 degree angle to meet at the bottom. Easy as that!
Thin Stripy Nails
For very thin, striped nails, you can use a fan brush. Once your base color has dried, dip the tips of the fan brush’s bristles in a different color and brush over your nail horizontally. Wait for it to dry, then carry on with the process using any other colors you wish.
If you want to combine two colors with your fancy nail art, follow this pairing chart to make sure your colors won’t clash.
This is a really fun and interesting idea for innovative nail art: paint your base coat and let it dry, then add a clear coat and drape and loop the cotton string so that it sticks to the still wet coat. Once it has dried, top it off with another clear coat so that the string will stay in place. You can finish it with the Christmas lights, but if it’s still too early in the year, just leave the squiggly line as is and play around with the base and string colors.
Use a slanted makeup brush to splatter a color (or combination of colors) on your nails for an incredible DIY Jackson Pollock-esque manicure. Simply dip the brush in polish and then in nail polish remover so that it’s thin enough to splatter.
Splattered Nails Option 2
If you don’t want to ruin your makeup brush with nail polish or don’t have an extra one to spare, you can use a straw instead! Cut the straw in half (shorter means more control), dip the bottom in nail polish, and simply blow it onto your nails for the same effect.
Shearing Scissors as a Tool
Remember those shearing scissors you loved to use in school? Well it’s time to dig them out again. Use these scissors to cut zig-zag shapes with your scotch tape so that you can use them for the perfect zig-zag or scalloped pattern.