We all love to groom ourselves differently. We want the perfect outfit, hairstyle, shoes, and makeup. Apart from these, the most important thing is getting perfect nails. Excellent nail grooming can change your look and can also boost your confidence. You have multiple options that you can choose from, starting from French manicures to glitter nails, ombre nails and many more.
While talking about an easy and simple look, some common gel and matte nail paints should always be there for those sudden events. Let’s find out how to achieve such beautiful French nail ideas, glitter nail ideas, ombre nail ideas, or any other nail designs by following a few tips and tricks. But before that, you must prep your nails. First, let’s know how to do that!
Follow these easy steps to achieve the beautiful nail art of your choice!
Remove the residue of your old nail polish
The most important step is to remove your old nail polish or the residue of your nail paint so that the current polish looks neat and fresh. Use a good quality nail paint remover to get rid of it. If you had glitter nails earlier, make sure to have a strong nail paint remover otherwise it can be messy.
Trim and file your nails properly
The next most important step is to trim your nails properly. Next, file them properly, as it will help make your nails look clean and sharp. Give a proper shape to your nails according to the ideas you have selected. Also, be careful and take your time while doing this because it might be a tricky step.
Use a good-quality transparent base coat
You should apply a good-quality base coat before going for any nail polish. A base coat protects your nails from the nail paint getting stained or damaged. It also helps the nail paints last longer, especially glitter nails, as glitter nails tend to chirp easily. Apply a layer of base coat and let it dry completely before you proceed to the next step.
Glitter nail designs can pop up the look of your nails. Glitter nail ideas are perfect for a season full of occasions and events. Well-designed glitter nails will complement your look on your special day and can surely make you steal all the limelight. You can use any one of the techniques. First, mix loose glitter with nail gel or clear polish and apply it to your nails. When the application has dried, add a top coat. The second method is by applying one or more of your nails with nail gel or polish. Dust the nails with glitter and allow them to dry before finishing off with a top coat.
A simple French manicure is one of the most subtle and easy nail art that we all can go for. Choose two different colors and make sure the colors complement each other. Apply the lighter shade on your nails. Let it dry completely. Use a thin brush and paint the tip of your nail using a darker color. You can also apply glitter polish instead of a darker shade for that pop and fun effect. Allow it to dry completely, and top it off using a base coat.
Using Jewels and Stickers
Use jewels or stickers on your nails to make them look classier. Use any nail shade of your choice and apply it to your nails. Let the nails dry completely, and use some nail gel or glue to stick jewels or stickers of your choice using a tweezer. Let the glue dry completely, and top it off with a base coat.
It’s a gradient and fun technique to make your nails look elegant. The ombre nails look best when colors of the same family are used. For this look, all you need is three colors of your choice, but there should be a light, medium, and dark shade. Apply a coat of dark color to your nails and allow them to dry. Dip a sponge into a dark-colored polish (only a drop of color will do) and apply the medium color to the tip of your nails, starting at the tip and moving down to create a fading effect. Next, take a clean sponge, and dab the lighter color onto your nails in the same process, starting from the tip and fading downward toward the base of your nails. The resulting look should be bright-tipped nails that fade downwards toward the darker base coat color. Apply a clear top coat while the polishes are still wet to smear the colors together. It is quite a lengthy process, but the final result is worth the effort!
Printed nails are also quite fashionable. You can go for polka dots using a very simple technique. Apply a base color of your choice and allow it to dry completely. Use a thin brush or toothpick to place groups of a few dots arranged in circles on your nails. Dip your brush in the paint and draw as many dots as you want but don’t make it look too clumsy. If you want to add some other effect, you can create dots of different sizes by using the thinner or thicker-tipped brush. To create an illusion of fading dots, dip the brush in the paint once and apply the dots without reapplying the nail polish. You can also use your thin brush to drag the paint out from the wet dot to create rays, swirls, and other designs. After the dots dry, finish with a clear topcoat to secure the look.
Lastly, doing nail art may seem a bit tricky, but it gets easy if you follow the process and work according to the technique. Choose your nail ideas according to your preference, and you are ready to slay!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.