Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Beginner's Guide To Nail Art

nail artDelving into the world of nail art can be quite off putting when you’re surrounding by amazing designs and intricate art that may seem impossible to recreate yourself. The truth of the matter is that nail art is a skill that’s incredible easy to improve on, so if you don’t have the confidence to step outside your basic enamel comfort zone, then it’s time to poke your head out and see what nail art has to offer.
It can be intimidating for those who are inexperienced in the world of nail art to know the differences between items like foils and wraps, or how to apply appliques, but with a little knowledge you’ll be able to tell them apart and choose the ones that suit you best.
Some of the most popular forms of nail art include:-
  • 3D Appliques – These enhancements can come in all manner of designs and are easily applied using nail adhesive. Although they look particularly gorgeous on every nail, a lot of people like the go for the minimalist look and wear them on a select finger on each hand.
  • Crystals – possibly one of the most glamorous looking, nail art crystals will make you feel like a super star and are simple enough to apply. If you have larger fingers or lack a steady grip, place each crystal onto the nail using nail adhesive.
  • Foils – These are used for giving your fingers the most unique looks and effects that other methods can’t quite put off. Once again these are applied using nail adhesive and are usually extra shiny.
  • Glitter – There’s no nail art that wouldn’t look even better without a glittery addition, but glitter is also great for transforming the nails for the evening or creating frostier looks during the festive season.
  • Stickers – The simple application of nail art stickers make them a favourite to use when you’re running low on time. Whilst there are designs for the whole nail, there are also different looks and shapes for just a portion of the nail.
  • Wraps – these are super easy to apply and come in a range of intricate designs that was be next to impossible to recreate yourself. They work in a similar way to stickers, and once fastened to the nail the excess that overlaps the nail can be easily filed away.
An added benefit of stocking up on some nail equipment are that nail art supplies are actually very cheap to come by, so even if you’re just practising, you can replace or get more items easily.
There are numerous nail art designs that are easy to create yourself, it just takes a little time and yours or a willing friends hands. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to recreate some of the harder looking designs that fill the web. The gradient effect is a skill that that every beginner and graident nailsseasoned nail pro will love to grace their finger nails, and despite it’s professional look it can be easy to create yourself!
To recreate this style you’ll need:- Two different nail enamels, a top coat, a sponge, and plastic sheet!
  1. Using the lighter shade of the two enamels as a base coat, cover your nails and wait until they’re completely dry.
  2. Using the plastic sheet, place both nail enamels side by side on the sheet, and mix slightly where they meet using a toothpick.
  3. Using your sponge, dab is down onto the blended colours a couple of times.
  4. Once there is a generous amount, dab this directly onto the finger in and up and down motion.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the appearance you can add your topcoat to even out the texture.
There’s every chance you’ve made a mess around the fingers and cuticle areas, so apply a little bit of nail varnish remover on these areas, but be careful not to erase all your hard work!
Nail art is a fun hobby to get into, and the easiest way to get better is to keep at it and practise on friends and family. There are plenty of sites such as Pinterest that have a number of unique nail arts for beginners to try out, and perhaps soon it'll be you who submits your original ideas.

Guest Post Written By: Tifanny Beeson
Tifanny Beeson runs her own nail art blog where she posts tutorials on how to create the easiest nail art.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Holiday Fingernail Designs

The Christmas holiday is my favorite time of the year! I love spending time with the family, giving gifts, and watching the snow fall from the sky. I also love getting dressed up for the Holidays, and that also means holiday fingernail designs.

What better time of the year than the holidays to try out some new nail art? You can go classic and do gradients with christmas colors and sparkles or go all out with a cute snowman like the one pictured above.

Get creative with your holiday fingernail designs. Think of candy, christmas ornaments, snow, even gift boxes and wrapping paper.

If you are running low on brushes and polish, the holidays are a great time to ask santa for more. Who knows, maybe he will come a little early for you so you can create holiday nail art before the holidays arrive.

I live love love the reindeer nail art in the photo posted above. If you have a shaky hand don't be afraid to use stencils for your holiday nails. Believe me stencils are a great tool to have in your holiday fingernail design arsenal!

There are so many holiday nail art designs that i want to try that it's hard to keep track of them all. I definitely want to try a reindeer and santa this year. Maybe some bows and giftboxes. What kind of nail art will you be sporting at the holiday parties?

If you want to share your holiday fingernail designs be sure to leave a comment. I always love to see new nail art creations.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

More Pictures Of Fingernail Polish Designs

The most basic tool of any fingernail artist is nail polish. These people can create crazy, funky, cool and cute nail art just by using basic nail polish that is available at most drug stores. Envy these people? I do too! So while searching the net for more pictures of fingernail polish designs to recreate some of these fantasic nail art designs myself, i came across some that i just HAD to share with you!

Super cute cell leaf design

Water marble nail art

Funky zebra stripes

Cute gradient

Yummy cupcake Nail art

Cross hatch

Cute gradient with sparkles

Polkadot frenzy

Nail art collage

Cute tips and flower nail design

Singled out cheetah print

Night time gradient with sparkes

Cute cupcake, stipes, polkadots and heart nail art

Aren't these pictures of fingernail polish designs super cute? I absolutely adore the creativity that these ladies have and can't thank them enough for posting pictures of their beautiful nails.

Do you have awesome nail art that you have done? Link in the comments. I would love to see what you have created!

Cute Toe Nail Art

Everyone is making cool finger nail art these days. You can get nail design tips from everyone from your next door neighbor to the cashier at your local grocery store. But what about those toes? Of course if you have the hands all painted up you gotta have the toes looking good as well!

I searched far and wide to find some of the cutest toe nail art designs I could find. The styles range from beginner to advanced. Some are very simple and some require a very steady hand. If anyone out there reading has tried any of these toe nail art designs please post a link to pictures in the comments below. Spam will be deleted.