5 Essential Tools for DIY Nail Art

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These days, elegant manicures with vibrant designs have become very trendy and popular. Apart from adding a touch of style to your outfit, a simple and stylishly designed manicure can make you feel great.

If you are new in the world of nail art and wish to start creating your own designs at home, you will need to get some simple nail art supplies. Here is a list of 5 essential tools for do-it-yourself nail art.

  1. Nail Polish

You will need a base coat, nail polish as well as a top coat. A base coat helps prevent nail discoloration and allows the nail polish to glide smoothly over your nails without any clumps or chipping. A top coat helps to protect your nail art and make it last longer. You should consider using a fast drying top coat as it can save you a great deal of time.

It is also important that you invest in a top quality nail polish. Even though they are costlier, they are worth it because they dry faster, last longer and do not get lumpy. Before you buy a polish brand that you have not used before, you should consider testing it out first.

  1. Nail Art Brushes

These come in various lengths and thicknesses. You can use them to create swirls, fine lines plus other complex designs on your nails. Various kinds of brushes are utilized for various kinds of design methods.


  1. Stationery tape

Stationery tape is among the finest kits ever for creating nail art designs. You can create a variety of geometric as well as striped designs with the aid of tape. Any type of typical scotch tape is okay, however you should experiment to find out which ones will give you the finest results. These tapes are great for producing neat geometric shapes and lines. All you have to do is cut the stationery tape into the shape/strip you desire, paste it on your nail and then paint over.

Some beneficial tips

* Always ensure that the base nail polish has dried properly

* Cut the tape first before you start applying paint on your nails. This way, you will not have to cut the tape with wet nails, and thus prevent smudging.

* Paste the cut tapes where they can easily be removed so that they will not get stuck when you are ready to paste the tapes on your nails.

* Remove the tape with the aid of tweezers to avoid ruining your nails accidentally.

  1. Nail Polish Correction Pen

These pens make cleaning up a breeze. When creating nail art designs, you can easily get polish on skin around your nails. However with a correction pen, you can easily clean up your blunders, thereby giving yourself a flawless manicure. If you do not have a nail polish correction pen, nail polish remover or cotton buds dipped in acetone can also serve the same purpose.

  1. Emery Boards

These are used to shape and trim before polishing the nails. If you utilize artificial nails, emery boards are handy for buffing as well as slightly roughing up your nail bed so your artificial nails will stick more strongly.

These are only some simple nail art tools that most beginners will likely need. As you gain more experience and want to attempt more complex designs, you will need to get more complex tools that will suit the kinds of nail art designs you are creating.


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