The whole world of nail art has kind of exploded, hasn't it? We've come a long way from the basic, boring French manicure. Nowadays you can go to a salon and have just about anything painted on your fingertips, though sometimes it can get a little pricey. Which is probably why tons of ladies out there are getting all D.I.Y. with it and doing their nail art designs at home. As evidenced by tons of nail art blogs that are popping up, just about everyone is trying out the trend, and it's inspired me to join the craze too. Here, three looks I'm having fun with.
#1 Disco Starlight Nails (catchy name, right?)
Level of difficulty: Super-easy
To get this look, I used Maybelline's Express Finish Nail Polish in Classic Black, which I can't find online, but any black polish will do (try Wet 'n' Wild's Fast Dry Nail Color in Ebony Hates Chris) & Wet 'n' Wild's Fast Dry Nail Color in Party of Five Glitters (oh my gosh, that polish name is just so clever, isn't it?) Both available at drugstores and Wal-Mart for around $3.
Paint your nails with two coats of the black polish, let dry, cover with glitter polish. You can use a topcoat if you like, but since the glitter polish has a clear base, I'd leave it be. Bam, so easy, so quick. I am obsessed with this look, especially the glitter shade for being a nice little … homage (?) to Deborah Lippman's (more expensive) Birthday Party.
#2 The Seersucker Suit (For Your Nails)
Level of difficulty: Mild
For this look, I picked Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet ($2.59, ulta.com) as the base, and painted on stripes with L.A. Color's Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in White ($1.99, cherryculture.com).
To me, seersucker is the perfect personification of summer fashion. It's light and crisp. I have a few seersucker dresses and I feel so retro, Coney Island Summertime in them. To me, this nail look is the equivalent of the perfect seersucker dress.
Coat your nails with a pastel polish; I'm liking this mint shade for summer. Once it dries, use a white polish (I picked the L.A. Colors one for it's pinpoint fine brush) to draw thin stripes vertically across your nail. When it's finished, you'll be left with light and breezy nails reminiscent of saltwater taffy and boardwalk strolls. Dreamy.
#3 Hannah and The Technicolour Dream Nail (seriously, they should hire me as a nail-polish-shade-namer, right?)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate-ish, and it'll probably take up a good chunk of your time too
I was inspired to do this one by looking at the pattern on a vintage silk shirt I own. It's full of stripes in odd shades that don't necessarily match, and yet it's one of my favourite shirts simply because it stands out. Same goes for these nails.
For this, you're going to need a whole lot of polish. This is a good time to drag out all of those impulse bottles of bright and bizarre shades you bought in the drugstore bargain bin. For my nails, I used shades from Joe Fresh, NYC, Milani, L'Oreal, H&M, and Sally Hansen. Any bright and cheap shades will do, don't worry about clashing.
You're also going to need a fine-tipped paintbrush from an art supply store, and a capful of nail polish remover to clean off the brush between shades.
Start by dipping the brush into your first bottle of polish and keeping your hand steady, paint a line vertically from your cuticle to tip. Rinse the brush with polish and move on to a different shade. Place contrasting shades next to each other for the biggest impact. Take your time. Fix any smudges with a Q-Tip dipped in polish remover. Once dry, cover with a top coat and enjoy. Don't stare at it too long though, your eyes will start to hurt.
So, do you dig these looks? Are there any nail art trends you've been dying to try, or maybe you've already tried them? What are your favourite nail art blogs? I want to hear it all! And I want to see pictures, too.