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Nail design tips
1. Don't use crazy glue to glue decorations to your nails, even
over layers of polish! It will eat through polish and can ruin
2. Experiment with layers of colors. Many reds look regal over a
coat of gold. Silvers and metallic grays look great over black.
Many opaque shades or shades with pearl-like attributes look cool
over black. As usual, make sure each coat is dry before applying
3. Add depth to some shades, especially metallic colors, by
alternating coats with clear polish.
4. Perhaps the simplest style of them all is the basic solid
color manicure. For open-toed shoes, be sure to apply a coat
of the same color to your tootsies to accent your outfit and
make you feel even more stylish and sexy. Basic styles in
neutral and mild tones work very well for first impressions.
Save the black and silver for future engagements.
5. Choose a color that complements the clothing you intend to
wear. If the outfit is patterned, pick a shade that appears
within the design a bit less than the other colors and use
that same shade of nail polish to emphasize that hue.
6. For an even more fashionable look, do your nails in the
solid color and allow them to dry completely. When they are
finished drying, use a thin brush or a toothpick with a
different color and trace a diagonal line going the same way
on each nail. Try to make them as uniform as possible, and as
you become more and more adept at painting extra designs,
create your own styles for fun.
7. Creating nail patters. cut a "band-aid" into patterns and
stick it on top of a dry coat of color polish. Apply another
color over the previous coat and the band-aid and let dry.
You'll have to be careful as it is easy to turn up the edge
of the band-aid and ruin the pattern. When you peel off the
band-aid you'll have a design the color of the lower coat.
The reason is because the glue isn't meant to be harsh as it
goes on skin and can be peeled off easily. The otherneat thing
about them is they often have small holes that the polish can
seep through and leave small dots as a pattern.
7. Nail piercing creates a very interesting affect, but can
also weaken the nail. If only for the piercing tool since it
is less likely to cause a split than a pin or razor blade tip,
and is more manageable. Always apply a few coats of polish
before making the hole and don't make the hole too close to
the sides or the tip to help avoid splits. We suggest placing
the piercings on nails where they won't get caught such as the
pinky vs. the index finger. It was also suggested that the
piercing could be done on the upper portion of a long nail so
that the hole could be filed away without loosing much length.
8. Using a toothpick and different nail colors you can make
designs on your nails, such as little bats or a cast iron
9. If you have long nails, try painting the underside of the
nail (the part you see when looking at your palm) with a
contrasting color. Choose a dominant tone for the topcoat, and
an accent tone for the underside of the nail. When polishing
the underside of the nail, avoid getting polish on the
hyponichium, the area where the skin and nail meet.
10. Once nails painted silver and placed squares of silver
glitter on one by one, sticking them with clear polish.
Afterwards sealing in the pattern with a couple of layers of
clear polish and that preserved it nicely.
11. To get super precise patterns on your nails, try using gel
pens, eyeliner pencils, or even normal pencils to (gently!)
draw the pattern on. Then seal it with clear polish.
12. If you paint you nails black, (or any other color) and then
use nail polish remover to remove a bit of black in the center,
leaving black near the cuticle, and at the tip, then painting
over another color makes an interesting look.
13. If you paint a solid coat of a dark blue on your nails first,
then paint a thin coat of a transparent black on top it gives it
a pretty cool effect of black when there is no reflection of
light on your nails, but when there is light reflecting off of
them, you can see a tint of dark blue / navy coming through.
14. If you want to put dark red in the center with black on
either side, it will be easier if you first paint the entire
nail black (let it dry thoroughly), then use white acrylic paint
(the kind sold in craft stores) over that in a strip down the
center, making the white strip as wide as you'd like the red to
be. Acrylic paint dries fast, and after it's dry, put the dark
red polish over the white stripe. The white underneath will
make the red polish stand out very well, as opposed to just
painting red over black, which is unlikely to show up at all.
When your nails are completely dry, put at least two coats of
clear polish / hardener/top coat over them and reapply the top
coat every other day to make the polish last.
15. The marble effect. Get a container and put about an inch or
two of water in it. Get two or three colors of nail polish that
you like and add a few drops of each into the water. Take a
tooth-pick and swirl the nail polish around. Dip each nail into
the nail polish and water. Make sure you dip your nail into a
transparent-type swirl. If you dipped it into the solid looking
stuff, all you would get on your nail is a big round glob of
nail polish. Wait for the nail polish to dry. Take nail polish
remover and put some on a cotton pad. Take the nail polish off
of your fingers except for around the nail: you can do that
with a q-tip later. After you get the messy nail polish off of
your fingers, now you can get the q-tip and carefully remove
the nail polish from around your nails. Carefully wash your
hands to get rid of the smell of the remover.
16. Snake skin nails. Paint your nails with one coat of beige.
Dab in a few chocolate-colored diamonds down the center of the
nail. Apply one coat of copper / bronze nail polish over the
entire nail. Wrap a piece of tulle around each nail while it is
still tacky, and have some of the polish squeeze through the
fabric's hole. Peel the tulle away from the nail from the tip
17. The Burberry effect. Apply a base coat of beige. Dip a one-
inch stripling brush into a black polish and lay the hairs on
the nail and pull straight down for the vertical stripes (total
of 3) and straight across for the horizontal stripes (total of
3). Repeat the second step with a burned brown color (or you
could use the copper, bronze or chocolate colors) to make 3
horizontal and 1 vertical stripe on the nail. Apply a stripe of
beige on top of each horizontal brown stripe to mute the color.
Highlight in between the black stripes with white nail polish.
18. Contrasting colors on just one nail look great. But make
sure you put a coat of clear varnish on the top to protect the
19, Fake tattoos work really well for designs on the finger
nails. All you have to do is paint your nails like normal and
then cut the design you want from the fake tattoo and then do
the same as you would for putting it on your skin. To make it
last long just put a couple clear coats on top.