Easy Nail Art Ideas And Tutorials
The first time I saw a nail art tutorial, I was absolutely mesmerized and had to try it for myself. I started off slow but my love for drawing drew me in and I stayed. Freehand drawing is my thing but I have used stampers, stickers and decals a few times. The following videos, I hope, will serve as an inspiration to your creative side.
Nail Art Supplies
Just about all of my art is done with only different colored nail polishes and a brush but there are a few where I have used stampers and plates and even figured out a cheaper and easier way to get things done. Here are some definitions.
Latex barrier: Latex liquid that is used to brush around the cuticles for a cleaner finish.
Peel off base: Don't spend a fortune on a peel off base. Make your own by using an old nail polish bottle. Add 3 parts Elmer's School Glue and one part water. Mix well and apply on nail. This is perfect if you are going to use glitter because, we all know that removing glitter polish is hellish. You can also use this in place of the latex barrier. Many people are allergic to latex anyway. This is a cheaper and nontoxic way of protecting your skin.
Makeup sponges: I use them specifically for the gradient manicures.
Saran Wrap: Bunch it up into a ball, dip in different colors of polish and you've got yourself an effortless masterpiece.
Stamp: It is a rubber tip that transfers an image from stamping plate onto your nail.
Stamping plate: Carved images that use a small amount of polish. Works just like a stamper.
Brushes: You can buy basic art brushes and trim them down as I did, or you can buy brushes online that are specifically designed for nail art.
Dotting tool: Used to apply dots.
100% Acetone: Nail polish remover just wont do the trick. Use Acetone instead for a perfect finish.
Other supplies in my stash include stickers, decals, gems, glitter etc.
PS: Please excuse the 'music'. I had too many issues with copyright infringement so I started using only one, approved tune... Sorry.
Bellow is an example of using the Saran Wrap. The nail art pen is Hot Designs that are available in beauty supply stores or online.
Love Wins Nail Art Tutorial
The video below is an easy way of drawing the Maple leaf.
Canadian Flag Nail Art Tutorial
The following is an example of achieving the gradient look with a makeup sponge. The brush is a painting brush that I significantly trimmed.
Gradient Nail Art Tutorial
Next is a freehand design of a Cherry Blossom branch with a Damselfy.
Cherry Blossom Nail Art Design
A very popular design among the nail art community, galaxy mani is quick and easy and great for every occasion.
Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial
Inspired by dottilism technique, this is a stunning and simple design.
Dottilism Inspired Nail Art Design
Freehand designs are unique and creative. Combine a few different colors for depth.
Black Roses Nail Art Tutorial
Black base and two tones of bright colors make this floral design pop.