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!
Beauty At Your Fingertips: DIY Nail Art
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.
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!
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!
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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|Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat|
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|Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Thinner|
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