Like the look of custom painted nails? Want to become a talented nail artist yourself?
You can start right now learning how to do nail art for special occasions such as proms, sweet 16 parties or weddings - or just for fun and everday wear - with a few simple steps.
Let's get started creating beautiful nail art anyone can do at home.
1. Beautiful nail art begins with healthy nails. It is the strong canvas on which you are going to create your unique designs. Uneven nails or broken cuticles will only detract from your miniature works of art so, before you begin, make sure your nails are clean and properly manicured.
2. If you already have a favorite line of nail polishes, jump right in by using a product you're most familiar with. If not, try experimenting with different brands to see which ones you like best.
3. Also, look for nail art kits now available which include all the tools and instructions you need to make beautiful nails for any occasion.
More crafty types don't have to limit themselves to mere nail art kits, however. Try improvising with homemade nail decorating tools that are not only cheaper, but afford more creativity in creating your unique nail art.
These include bobby pins, toothpicks, or tiny brushes you can find at any art or hobby store. Just for fun, also think about including in your design special touches such as miniature decals and/or glitter for creating even more eye-catching and unique designs.
4. When you first begin to create your designs don't be afaid to make mistakes. Experiement all you like, just make sure you have plenty of acetone or other nail polish remover, small tissues, cotton swabs or Q-Tips at the ready to erase any unwanted brush strokes or dabs of polish.
5. Keep in mind that your canvas is small, so keep designs simple but attractive. Stripes, dots or abstract shapes in different colors are perfect for creating stunning miniature works of art.
Browse local bookshops for information on creating nail art, or search the Web for photos and tutorials for lots of different ideas and inspiration.
6. Once you have your materials together, and have decided on the shapes and colors of your nail art, begin with a clear base coat on which to lay down your design. Just make sure taht the base coat is thoroughly smooth and dry before you begin.
7. To begin creating your design, use small brushes for stripes, and bobby pins or toothpicks for dots. It will take a bit of practice to to lay down smooth layers of polish so don't expect a perfect work of art the first time out. This is especially true if you want to get extra-creative by using stickers, appliques, or jewels, or want to try mixing glitter into the polish for an extra "glitzy" look.
SPECIAL NOTE: To avoid smudges, always remember to let each section dry completely before applying another color or element to your nail design.
As you practice and become accustomed to the technique of painting and decorating on a small surface (as big as your fingernail!) it will become easier to judge how much polish to use and how to apply it more smoothly.
8. When you are happy with your nail art, and after all the polish has dried, protect your nail art with a top coat of clear polish.