Top 5: DIY Nail Art for Dummies

Trying to Beautify your Nails when You have 0% Talent and 0% Hand-Eye Coordination

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I don’t know about you, but I enjoy looking at beautiful manicures and would love to sport one myself. There are only a few problems:

  • I cannot be asked to get my nails done professionally. Sorry to all the nail techs out there! It just seems like such a huge waste of money to me. Hence, I do my own nails at home like the arrogant prick that I am and self-indulgently marvel at how much money I am saving with each application of nail polish.
  • At the same time, my hand-eye coordination is the worst I have ever come across in a living person; really, it’s more that of a dead horse’s.
  • I also don’t have the patience to go and watch a million tutorials and then go out and buy a million supplies that are apparently needed if you want to try some nail art at home these days. Since when did DIY nail art so OTT and self-involved?

So what’s a girl to do? Come up with the easiest, completely idiot-proof ways to spruce up your nails, that’s what. Here are my top tips. Seeing as we’re all in self-isolation or quarantine now, perhaps these might help someone, somewhere.

NB: I used a base coat and top coat (Sally Hansen is the best top coat imho, by the way) for all of these:

Toothpick & Aluminium Foil Dots★★☆☆☆
Jewel Toned Gradient/Different Finishes☆☆☆☆☆
Daiso Half-Moon Nails ★★☆☆☆
Clear Jelly & Sticker★☆☆☆☆
Glitter Dino Egg ★☆☆☆☆

#1: Toothpick & Aluminium Foil Dots

  1. Paint your nails any colour that you like.
  2. Pour a tiny bit of a contrasting nail polish colour (or two, or three, or however many you like) onto a little square of aluminium foil.
  3. Dip a tooth pick into the wet polish and make some dots on your painted nails. I have seen people make flowers and cheetah patterns. My talent does not extend to that sort of sorcery but maybe you will succeed.

#2: Paint Each Nail a different Colour (Jewel Toned Gradient/Different Finishes)

  1. Pick five different, contrasting colours, but preferably the same finish. They can be jewel tones, pastel tones, jellies, glitters, whatever you like. Go wild.
  2. If you like to stay in the same colour family, do so but perhaps choose different finishes (cream, jelly, glitter), like so:

#3 Daiso Half-Moon Nails

  1. Paint your entire nail one base colour. Light or dark, you decide.
  2. Wait for a few hours if you can (I’d recommend at least one hour), then stick on one of those rounded nail stickers you can get from Daiso or whatever else you may have in your country (Poundland, Dollar Tree, etc) on the base of your nail bed.
  3. Carefully apply a contrasting colour on top. Wait again for at least 30 minutes before you peel off those dastard stickers. Here’s what I used:

#4 Clear Jelly & Sticker

  1. Use a translucent jelly polish as a base.
  2. Chuck some nail art sticker on top. The base coat can be a bit tacky or it can be completely dry, but in my experience the sticker adheres better if stuck on to slightly wet nails.

#5 Glitter Dino Egg

  1. Paint your nails a cream base colour.
  2. Add a contrasting glitter top coat. Bonus points if you can make it look like a dinosaur egg toy, because that’s where I got my inspo from – see below.

Final Thoughts

If you have any other super easy DIY nail art tips/maybe even your own blog post, do share in the comments! Stay well everyone.

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4 thoughts on “Top 5: DIY Nail Art for Dummies

  1. Lovely! I like the the different-colored nails. Hmm I only have two colors in my collection tho. Maybe I’ll paint them alternately? One is a turquoise blue and the other is a nude pink tho, what do you think?

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