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7 Nail Art Tips and Tricks ...

By Lauren

Obviously, we're not all nail art professionals here, but learning some of the right nail art tips can make you pretty darn close to being one! For most of us, our nails are an extension of our fashion sense and should be treated the same as we do our hair or our outfits. Even if it's just applying a nude color to your nails, keeping them nice shows that you take care of yourself. Sometimes though, we like to spice up our plain old nails and that's when these nail art tips will come in handy!

1 Plastic Bag Designs

Plastic Bag Designs Not all of us can be artists with both our right and our left hands. First up for these nail art tips will help give you perfect nail designs, on both hands, every time! Simply draw out your design on a plastic Ziploc baggie and wait for them to dry. Then simply peel off each design, stick them on your nails, and cover each with a clear fast drying top coat. If you have a thin sharpie marker, you can also outline your design first on the baggie before coloring them in with nail polish. Also, make sure each design is small enough to fit on your nail with a little room left. Everyone's nails are different so you will have to estimate what is best for you!

2 Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap Do you want fool-proof marble nails in just a few minutes? Just use some plastic wrap! First, paint your nails with a base color and make sure to let the polish dry completely before moving on. Then, working with one nail at a time, apply a coat of the second polish over one nail. Quickly grab a crumpled piece of plastic wrap and blot the top of your nail once or twice. When the sticky wrap touches the wet polish, it will pull up a bit of the color, creating a marbled effect with the base color underneath. If you pull up too much of the wet polish, just add a little more color and dab it with plastic wrap again. Continue until you’ve completed each nail.

3 Perfect French Manicure

Perfect French Manicure Giving yourself a French manicure seems simple enough, but most of us know that it's a lot harder than it looks. However, with this tip, you will be able to give yourself the perfect French manicure every time from now on. After painting your nail with a base coat, simply stick binder hole reinforcement stickers or any other circular sticker you have on your nails where you'd like your French manicure line to start. Then paint the tips of your nails as you normally would. Once you peel off the stickers, you will have the perfect French manicure tips!

4 Homemade Dotting Tool

Homemade Dotting Tool Many nail art designs incorporate polka dots. So save yourself the hassle and stress of making perfect polka dots with your nail polish brush by creating tools to make them instead. The tips of a bent bobby pin make the perfect polka dots. You can also create a dotting tool by pushing a straight pin into the eraser of a pencil. Then of course you can use the tip of a toothpick to make even smaller polka dots. So there you have it, three dotting tools for any size polka dots you may need!

5 Sponged Ombre Nails

Sponged Ombre Nails Ombre has been a huge trend this past year for hair but it has recently been adapted to nails too. The simplest way to achieve this is to first paint your two ombre colors on a surface that can be easily cleaned after. Mesh the two colors together in the center using a toothpick, then dip a makeup sponge into the two colors. Simply apply the polish that was picked up by the sponge onto your nail and wah-la! Beautiful and easy ombre nails!

6 Scotch Tape

Scotch Tape Scotch tape is great to use for nail art because it allows you to set parameters on each nail. You can create easy stripes, checkerboard designs, and diamond or triangle shapes. If you are going to use scotch tape, though, make sure your nails are completely dry with their first coat before proceeding to put the scotch tape on. Otherwise you run the risk of the tape ruining your base color once you peel it off. Try experimenting with scotch tape to figure out what kinds of designs you can create.

7 Rhinestone Applicator

Rhinestone Applicator Does your idea of nail art consist of some bling? Then you may find that it's a little difficult to get the tiny gems onto your nails. Simply use a waxy pencil such as an old lip or eye liner to pick up and place your rhinestones. You can also use a toothpick with blu-tack on the end! Trust me, it's a lot less stressful and annoying than trying to pick them up with your fingers. Plus it will give you a lot more control when trying to position them perfectly on your nails!

Nail art is a really great and creative way to express your fashion sense further. Plus they're sure to draw a lot of attention from other girls wanting to know your secrets! Are you into the whole nail art craze or are you happier with just plain one-colored nails?

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