Have you ever come across an intricate nail design on a website or in a magazine and wanted to try it out for yourself but did not know how? Have you ever wanted to try out a trend of your own but was unsure what kind of polish was required? Look no further, because RTBB has compiled tutorials for the most creative styles to assist you, taken from beauty blogs Nail Art 101, Sheba Nails, The Beauty Department, and Modly Chic. For all of these styles, you may apply a clear base coat (found in a number of drugstores) to protect your nails and help them grow. Between each step, wait for the nail to dry before applying another layer of polish. Enjoy!
Adorably Artistic – How to Make Watermelon Nails (Nail Art 101)
[Image by Nail Art 101]
For this style, you will need a thin brush, a standard-sized brush, pink nail polish, dark green nail polish, pale green nail polish, black nail polish, and white nail polish. It is crucial to wait between layers, as such detail may result in smudges.
2. Apply an even layer of the pink nail polish.
3. Using the dark green nail polish, paint only across the tip of your nail. This is known as a “French tip.”
4. Use a thin brush and black nail polish to make a row of dots in an arch-shape near the edge of your nail. Gently use the brush to tug each dot down, making a teardrop shape.
5. Apply the pale green polish with the same thin brush in little squiggles on the dark green tip of your nail.
6. Between the pink and the green tip, draw a line with white nail polish for a cleaner look. This step is not mandatory, however.
7. Apply a clear, top coat so the style will last longer.
Pretty Pop-outs – How to Make Bowtie, Polka Dot Nails (Sheba Nails)
[Image by Stuart Miles, edited by SW]
The easiest way to wear pop-out designs is to purchase a set of already-made nails to take home and glue on. Or, you can visit a crafts store and buy little pieces of plastic to customize and glue on your designs. To make your own set of decorations out of an acrylic mold, you will need acrylic powder/liquid (these mold kits are sold in a number of retail beauty or online stores) and a thin brush. For this specific design, you will need lavender nail polish, pale pink polish, black nail polish, a bowtie mold, a standard-sized brush, and a thin brush.
1. First, mix the acrylic power with acrylic liquid.
2. Apply the solution to the mold with a thin brush.
3. Allow a few minutes for the powder to dry.
4. Pop out the designs and put them to the side.
5. Apply a top layer of lavender to three nails. On two nails (the ones with a design), apply a top layer of pale pink polish and a French tip of lavender.
6. Use the thin brush to make black dots on all nails.
7. Take the designs you made out of mold and gently glue them onto the two nails with French tip.
Flawless French Tips – How to Customize the Classic Tip (The Beauty Department)
[Image by Laura S, Edited by SW]
This conventional trend is a preferred choice whether upgraded or kept simplistic. In this tutorial, the style is shown with a clean, creative boost that adds stunning detail, but is not necessary. For this, you will need white nail polish, sheer pink or peach nail polish (there are manicure polishes made specifically for French tips that are greatly recommended), a standard-sized brush, and a thin brush.
1. Apply a French tip with the white nail polish.
2. Using the thin brush and the white again, make little dots in a row near the end of the French tip (approximately 1/8” away), on the edge closer to your cuticle. To do this, make one dot in the center first, followed by two on each side, then two on the ends.
3. Next, make a second row of four dots between the previous dots and the French tip. Each dot should be between the first row of dots.
4. Allow time for your nails to dry.
5. Apply a coat of sheer pink, peach, or special manicure polish. Two layers should be enough.
6. Finish off with a top, clear coat.
Cool Crackles – How to Make Maroon/Silver Crackle Nails (Modly Chic)
[Image by Ponsulak, Edited by SW]
This style is extremely simplistic and can be finished in minutes. It is recommended to use colors that contrast greatly (in this case, maroon as a base and silver as a top layer), in order for your nails to stand out. Crackle nail polish is found in a variety of drugstores nowadays for affordable prices. For this trend, you will need maroon nail polish, special silver crackle nail polish, and a standard-sized brush.
1. Apply one or two coats of maroon nail polish.
2. Shake the bottle of crackle. If the solution is settled, it will not spread into a “cracked” look.
3. Apply the silver over the whole nail in an even, medium-thick coat. If you prefer thicker cracks, apply a thin layer. If you opt for finer cracks, apply a thicker coat of the silver.
4. Be sure to re-dip the brush for each nail. This will allow for better cracks.
5. Do not pore over how perfectly spread the polish is. An uneven layer will look much better when cracked.
6. Allow the crackle to dry.
7. Add a top clear coat to ensure longevity.
[Feature Image by Marcus]