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Top DIY Nail Art Ideas and Products

Top DIY nail art trends.

Top DIY nail art trends.

DIY Nail Designs and Ideas

Recently, I have had a passion for do-it-yourself nail art techniques. I'm not the only one; I think most other girls are obsessed, too. I am always looking for the latest ideas and products.

These days, there are so many products available on the market that it's easy to be confused over what to buy and what not to buy, and that applies to me, too. To tell the truth, I want to try everything. These nail art supplies look so amazing that it's hard for a girl to stop herself from buying them.

I have tried several DIY nail art products, so I thought I should list a few of my favorite ideas, as well as a few tutorials on how to use them. Bear in mind that some of these were hot in 2020 and may be out of style now. Although, trends often come back into style after a few years!

In this article, I'm going to share tutorials on the following:

  1. Transfer foil
  2. Flocking velvet powder
  3. Dotting tool
  4. Striping tape
  5. Water slide decal

1. Transfer Foil

Let's start with metallic, glittery transfer foil. It is one of my favorites because it gives really amazing results. I've always tried to find the perfect metallic finish in nail paints but even the most expensive never meets my expectations. They often look glittery rather than metallic. However, transfer foils provide a perfect metallic and holographic finish every time, I simply love them!

Red Transfer Foil Nails

For this design, I applied the foil in a French manicure style. After that, I sealed the transfer foil with a layer of topcoat. I added some petals using black nail polish and a stamping technique. Finally, a layer of quick-dry topcoat was added. Foils give a very glossy and perfect metallic finish to nails. These days, there are several highly glittery nail polishes available in the market, but foils have their own look.

I also used black and white nail polish strips on my ring fingernail. It gave a very beautiful contrasting look. A little practice can make you perfect with both transfer foils and stamping.

Blue Aqua Foil Nails

Black nail polish is the base for this design. Instead of applying foil glue on full nails, I applied dots of foil glue with a small size dotting tool. The result is that the foil transfers only on the dots or other areas where glue is applied. Finally, I applied a layer of quick-dry topcoat, and it is done!

There are several more ways you can use foil glue. The foils are available in all sorts of colors like green, parrot green, red, hot pink, purple, pink, lilac, gold, silver, rainbow, orange, and peach, etc. with several patterns per design. There are even printed transfer foils, which give a really stunning look to your nails.

2. Flocking Velvet Nail Art

Another popular DIY nail art technique for 2019 will be fuzzy nails. They will be more popular in the fall and winter because velvet protects against the chill of winter weather. So why not give your nails a touch of velvet in a manicure today? It is one of my favourite techniques as its results are completely different from other styles.

You can either apply the same color velvet powder on complete nails or create a design. Alternatively, how about a gradient of color? Everything will look awesome.


3. Dotting Tools

Polka dots and other circular patterns were trending in 2020, and they seem set to stay in 2021. You can create numerous patterns with a nail dotting tool, including animal print, dripping nail art, flowers, rainbows, bubbles, and a lot more. Just explore your imagination and create some designs to complete your nails.

Nail dotting tools come in 10 different sized appliers from the biggest to smallest. They make your work so much easier and give you perfect polka dots.

Animal Print Nails

Animal prints look quite tricky to make, but they are not as difficult as they seem. I have a tip for making them easily. All you need is a dotting tool with a smaller dotting pen. Just make some semi-circles with your dotting pen, and your animal print is ready. Do not restrict your imagination to real color animal prints, try different colors, and make your own pattern.

I created an animal print on a rainbow base. I used five colors for it, including red, purple, blue, green, and yellow. Use black nail polish for these prints as they will show up well on other base colors.

Creamy Dripping Nails

This dripping nail art is quite easily created by using a dotting tool. First of all, apply a base coat, then make some dots with contrast nail polish color. Next, using the same dotting tool, stretch the dot into a drip shape. You can also use a sleek brush for converting dots to drips. Finally, apply the topcoat to keep your nail art long-lasting, if required.

Rose & Petal Nails

Floral nail art is another easy design to create with a dotting tool. You just need to select some contrast nail polishes. As you can see in the photo, I have applied pink nail polish as the base, then used white and yellow nail polish for the flowers. I have used the smallest point dotting tool for flowers, but you can make big flowers as well.

Pink Heart Nails

You can broaden your vision and create new designs. In this one, I have added some hearts and polka dots. You can easily make hearts with dotting tools. First of all, select a dotting tool size depending upon the required size of hearts you want to make. I have selected the smallest dotting tool because I want to make small hearts. Make three dots to make a triangle. Next, join them to convert it into a heart. Repeat the same trick for all the hearts you want to make.

4. Striping Tape

Striping tape is another DIY nail art product that will most certainly be popular in 2021. You can create ombre, stripes, checks, and many other geometrical patterns on your nails with striping tape. It is now easily available in India as well as on eBay.

Purple Striping Tape Nails

Purple Striping Tape Nails

Cross Striping Tape Nails

Cross Striping Tape Nails

Purple Striping Tape Nails

Striping tape is the easiest way to create clean lines on your nails. If you want to apply two or more colors, striping tape can make your work easier and produce super neat results. In this design, I applied horizontal stripes on black nail polish. Instead of removing them, I kept them in place and applied a topcoat for longevity.

Cross Striping Tape Nails

As I said previously, you can apply several nail polishes separated by clear lines using striping tape. I did the same thing in this nail art with an amazing result. For this, I applied striping tape in a cross, then applied four different colored nail polishes in the four different boxes. I removed the striping tape and added a stone in the middle. A layer of topcoat and my nail art is ready.

5. Water Decal Nail Art

Water decals are another hot trend for nail art in 2020 and will continue to be in trend. Water decals are really easy to apply and give professional results. They come in several ranges, including full nail decals, French manicure style, flowers, laces, golden and silver decals, and even glow-in-dark decals are available.

It is quite easy to apply water decals, and they look amazing and professional after application.

Yellow Water Decals With French Manicure

In this nail art, I have used flower water decals on a French manicure. They are perfect to enhance the look of a French manicure. I used striping tape to create a diagonal design. I applied water decals on white or nude shades, and finally, I added a quick dry top coat to complete the manicure.

Red Rose Nails

Flower water decals are perfect for those who love to make floral nail art but are not confident in their abilities. It is not easy to create a floral design on both hands. Floral water decals come in various colors and designs. So, friends, now you can apply nail art to match your outfit easily.

Full Nail Water Decals

Full nail water decals are another good option for those who want 5-minute manicures on both hands, and you don't even need to apply any nail paint. There are lots of designs and prints available in these and the application is easy and long-lasting.

Will these popular nail art products continue to rock the fashion trends in 2022? Today, I have shared only a few DIY nail art ideas and products including striping tape, dotting tool, transfer foil, flocking velvet powder and water slide decals.

I hope you like these ideas and I will come back soon with more DIY nail art products and techniques.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Jasmeet Kaur


Lubowa from Uganda on September 26, 2015:

Thanks Jasmeetk for these decoration ideas.

More nail design ideas at:

Also a great nail stamping tutorial at:

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on August 03, 2014:

@Maggie.L Thanks dear for your appreciation. I just love to do nail art. I have used velvet powder for white and black polka dot nail art :)

Maggie.L from UK on August 02, 2014:

Fantastic nail art ideas here. I love the white and black polka dot design. This design would look great if you were dressed up as Cruella de Vil.

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on February 25, 2014:

You can't imagine how much I am happy to read your words... Thank you so much :)

swilliams on February 24, 2014:

I did know that you did nails! My daughter says that your nail art is the best she has ever seen and she will be visiting your site to view all of your amazing work. You are very blessed. Keep up the great work!

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on February 24, 2014:

@swilliams... thank you so much for appreciation... I just love to do nail art.. and sharing with others comes with great happiness... :)

swilliams on February 24, 2014:

This Article is So Beautiful! I love the nails! You are a great writer! Keep writing about what you know and you will soar to the top. Great job! Jasmeetk! I think you would make a great journalist too!

Jasmeet Kaur (author) from India on February 04, 2014:

@Greenlily... thanks for your appreciation :)

Greenlily from Philippines on February 04, 2014:

Wow cool nail effects!