Eye-Catching DIY Nail Art

Perhaps it is the popularity of DIY bloggers, Pinterest, and people wanting a fresh and fun way to express themselves, but it seems that new nail tutorials pop up almost everyday… and my niece and I seem to have tried almost all of them. It is the same scene every Sunday: a load of new nail polish colors, nail polish remover, cottons balls, Q-tips, toothpicks, paper towels, scotch tape, bowls, water etc. Everything we need to accomplish our nail masterpieces from tie-dyed nails to cute panda nails.

If you haven’t experimented with the newest and most popular nail looks here are some we’ve tried and loved.

Tie Dye Nails

Photos: swaggernewyork.com

We just tried this one on Sunday and it is surprisingly easy; at least easier than it looks.

What You’ll Need:
– A small bowl (that you won’t mind getting messy) filled with room temperature water
– 3 – 4 Nail Polish colors and white nail polish
– A few toothpicks
– And Vaseline, lotion, or Scotch tape
1. First open all nail polishes, this will allow you to work fairly quickly.
2. Paint 1 coat of white polish for a base.
3. Cover the skin around your nail and underneath with tape or lotion/Vaseline; this will keep your skin clean.
4. In whichever order drop nail colors into water (one drop inside of the other creating a bulls eye) and then use toothpick to make a swirly design.
5. Dip nail in the colors you dropped in the bowl and repeat. You can use the toothpick to gather the leftover nail polish around your nail.
6. Let dry a few minutes and then add topcoat and remove tape or lotion/Vaseline.

You can always Youtube if you are more visual.

Ombre Nail

Photos: thebeautybean.com

This nail trend follows the Ombre fashion trends seen on the runway. There are a few different approaches to this look, but I find the easiest is to work with just two colors: a base color and a contrasting top color.

What You’ll Need:
– 2 Nail Colors of you choice
– A makeup sponge
1. Paint on base coat until opaque and let dry.
2. Paint contrasting color onto the makeup sponge.
3. Dab a layer onto the tip of your nail and repeat building more color as you go. The goal is to have more color on the tip of the nail. If the nail polishes dries up on the sponge cut off that section or try making the sponge damp, which will keep polish from drying as fast.
4. Finish with a topcoat.

DIY Nail Stickers via The Beauty Department

Do you ever wonder how Do-it-yourselfers manage the plaid look or plaster their nails with geometric shapes? Well the ladies at The Beauty Department let the secret out with these DIY stickers.

What You’ll Need:
– Scotch Tape
– Nail Polish
– Scissors
1. While on the tape holder paint blocks of color onto the tape and let dry.
2. Use scissors to cute whichever shapes you’d like: circles, triangles, hearts etc.
3. Place stickers on nails and add a top coat.

I hope you enjoy these nail tutorials… Now go get creative!

By Kristianne Young

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