There was a time when we would be satisfied with dull looking nails painted a single colour, but recent years have seen nail art explode dramatically with more people opting for glamorous and creatively styled talons that get you noticed. For many this can be as simple as investing in some reflective foils and gorgeous wraps, but if you lack the patience and talent to create these intricate designs, then all is not lost! There are plenty of nail art ideas that will give you a beautifully original look that are easy to do yourself at home.
The web is filled with impossible looking nail art which even the most seasoned pro can get headaches trying to create. With a little inspiration and a few materials you could create some stunning nail art that’s entirely individual and all your own. Nail decals are already a much-loved way of getting detailed designs on your nails without needing artistic skills or having to keep a steady hand.
Create Picture Perfect Nails
The most important thing you’ll need to invest in for this DIY trick is some printable rub on transfer paper. The idea of this trick is that you can print anything you want onto these sheets and effortlessly transfer them onto your nails!
Fortunately you only need a few items to create these decals:
- A light nail polish for the base coat
- Glossy topcoat that will prevent chipping
- Scissors for cutting out your designs
- Transfer paper that you can easily to get online
1. The first step to creating some lush nails is to decide what theme you want your nails to follow. If you like floral designs then you can compile some different pictures of flowers from the web and cut out the perimeter with any editing software you have. This idea can even be done with your own scanned photographs for something that’s even more personalised. To make sure that they fit your nails properly you can measure your own and adjust the scale of the computerised images accordingly.
2. Once you’re happy with the look and size of the designs, simply print your images onto the transfer paper along the edge so that you’re saving room for repeat creations. Transfer paper instructions vary between different brands, so follow them exactly and make sure you’re printing onto the right side of the paper. Cut out your designs as close to the image as possible without clipping them, so that they’re ready to be transferred.
3. Cover your nails in a couple of coats of your base polish and wait until they’re completely dry. Now comes the fun part! Peel off the adhesive on your cut out designs and position them where you want on your nails, but be careful not to press down until you’re happy with their positioning.
4. This will work in a similar way to transfer tattoos, where you place the image face down and gently press them down onto your nail. Once you’ve waited enough time for it to bond to the nail, it should be easy to peel the backing away. Once your nails are complete, cover them with a strong top coat that’ll prevent chipping and you’ll be left with some glossy nails that are all your own creation!
This is a simple guide to creating easy nail art that will make you stand out but you can add some flare of your own to this idea as well. From glitter bases to crystal additions to images, with all the nail art supplies out there, the possibilities for your nails are endless!
Here’s Some Nail Art You Made Earlier
If you wanted to get a little artistic with your nail decals, but don’t have the steady hand for painting directly onto nails, then here’s another easy alternative to try out! Rather than painting directly onto your nail, make some designs on a plastic sheet using some nail art pens. If you are tracing text or creating small transfers then you’ll want to cover an area with clear nail varnish and putting your designs on top of this once it has dried. This will help the entire image peel off easier and attach better to the nail. It can take up to a day for this to dry completely, but once it’s ready you can remove it from the plastic using a tweezer as gently as possible to avoided breaking. Press down onto nail to straighten it out, and once you’re happy with the positioning add a top coat to help seal the entire design, and any overlapping edges can be trimmed with a pair of nail scissors. This idea is particularly brilliant for creating stripes or checked designs without risking them becoming smudged or ruined then if you painted them directly on.
You can even create a number of different patterns, including tribal designs, which have been one of the most popular themes of 2013. Using the same method as above, simply put blocks of nail colour onto the plastic and once dry and peeled off, cut them into even shapes. The whole idea is easy to adapt and have fun with, and if you’re using it on your own nails then it has the added bonus that you don’t have to try and paint designs with your non-dominant hand.
The Scoop On Newspaper Nails
This is great look to create yourself, and it’s extremely easy to create! You’ll want to start out by adding a base coat to your nails so colour shows up more vibrantly. Once that’s dried, paint your nails in any pale or neutral colour of your choice. Anyone who did paper mache as a child will recognise the principal behind creating this look, so dip your finger nails into some water for a few seconds. Using small pieces of newspaper, press them onto the nail until the ink becomes transferred. Once you happy with your nails, cover them with a base coat to seal in the ink and there you have super stylish newspaper print nails! These nail art ideas are even simple enough for beginners to try out and once you’ve mastered these methods you can start to come up with some creative ideas of your own.