Beauty At Your Fingertips: DIY Nail Art

by SimplySara

You don't have to be an artist to have beautiful, trendy fingernails. There are a few simple tools and techniques you can use to achieve professional looking results at home.

Nail art is all the rage these days. Even a simple french manicure has been given an artistic overhaul. Learn how to boost your beauty IQ with these DIY Nail Art ideas. Learn how to apply crackle nail polish and nail foils. Give your french manicure some zing by adding a little bling!

If You Can Apply Nail Polish, You Can Have a Crackle Manicure!

Trust me, even I can do it! You can too!

The crackle polish manicure that made it's debut at Halloween is now available in a variety of colors. Use pastels with white crackle for Easter. Try red with black crackle for Valentine's Day. Get your green on with silver crackle to celebrate your Irish heritage (or lack thereof) in March. The color combos are endless! The good news is, the crackle look is so easy to achieve.

As you will see in the demonstration below, it's as simple as applying regular nail polish, really. Remember to let your first coat dry thoroughly before applying the crackle layer. Top coat is super important in this process, too. It will help your nails feel smooth to the touch when you are finished.

Crackle manicures are the best way to get started on your nail art adventure because it is so simple to do. No special skills or techniques required!

Avon has a growing collection of crackle polishes you can have delivered to your door. Use coupon code "firstrep" and get free shipping on orders of any size. Offer for first time customers. All orders over $30 always have free shipping.

How To Apply Crackle Nail Polish

Crackle polish is a great starting point for DIY Nail Art! See how easy it is in this video.

What Are Nail Foils?

Warning: Once you try them, you'll be hooked!

Nail foils are a fun and easy way to get professional looking nail art results. Not only that, but they have ZERO drying time, unless you count the time spent using a blow dryer to apply them. What I mean is, there are NO smudges! You can wear them for a few days or up to 10 days, it's up to you!

Nail foils feel a little bit like putting stickers on your nail bed. They are actually made of some special kind of adhesive. Some forms are actually considered dry nail polish.

My first attempt at them last only a couple of days because I did not apply them properly. The image in the introduction to this article shows my fingernails with pink camo nail foils. The more I practice, the better I get at it.

The first lesson I learned the hard way, was not to over-buff your nails before applying the nail foils. When I removed my first set, my nails were the thickness of scotch tape! I was devastated as this was the first time I'd had natural nails in thirty-something years!

How To Properly Apply Nail Foils

The secret to success with nail foils, is proper application.

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Do You Think You Can Do Your Own Nail Art?

Now that you've seen how easy it is, do you think you could give it a try?

French Manicure With Rhinestones Tutorial

French manicures have always been popular with brides. Now they're going a step further with bling!

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Yes, the 80s Are Making a Come Back in Fashion!

If the thought makes you as ill as it does me, this may be the cure!
I can't possibly be old enough for fashion from the decade I grew up in to be making a come back, but it's true! Leg warmers, stacks of bracelets, and neon colors are right on trend lately. Painful though it may be, I think this splatter paint manicure will help us thirty-somethings make the adjustment! Start with a good quality base coat. Once it tries, apply an opaque white layer. While that is drying, you can start thinning your neon nail polishes in a painter's palette. Once the white polish is try, you can tape off the area around your nail bed, then start the nail art splatter party! Top it off with a good top coat. The results are a bright, lively pattern you can't resist. You might even pull out your leg warmers, off the shoulder sweatshirt (ala "Flash Dance," of course), and hoop earrings! Why fight it? Let's bring the 80s back in style!

Fun and Easy Splatter Party Nail Tutorial

This is a little more time consuming than the methods covered so far. The result is so fun, though, I think it's worth it!

Here's Everything You Need for Your Splatter Paint Manicure

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Updated: 07/16/2012, SimplySara
 
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Tolovaj on 07/28/2012

I am amazed what can be done with nails. I thought for decades nail polish can be red and in very extreme cases some other color. But now nails can be real art works. Thumbs up!

ThePartyAnimal on 07/18/2012

Great Nail Art Tips - I will have to try some of these - there are few I have yet to do. Thanks !! ;o)

BrendaReeves on 07/18/2012

I haven't done my nails in ages. I didn't even know these existed. I have to get to work on these. Thanks for the article.

katiem2 on 07/16/2012

Great page on nail art for the do it yourselfer. I love nail art as does my two daughters. We can't be seen without some creative nail designs. I especially like to have my toe nails popping all the time. This is a very impressive page, I just bought my first pack of nail wraps and now, thanks to you, I don't have to worry about if I'm doing it right or not, I love this helpful guide to nail art and will put it to good use. Thanks :)K

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