To make these easy designs even easier for you, these nail artists have generously provided step-by-step video tutorials. Watch the videos at www.nailsmag.com/nailstv. (And that goes for the difficult designs too!)
Easy Design #1: Metallic Garden
Ornate Nailz by Olga and GelArtNails.com
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Palylyk specializes in gel nails and hopes her tutorials will inspire other nail artists to create their own gel nail art designs. She uses Amore Ultima Gel Nail System products. Most of Palylyk’s video tutorials are available by purchase only, but she’s made two videos available for free for this article. Get more of her gel video tutorials at www.gelartnails.com.
1. Prep the nail and apply Ultima Bonder. Flash cure for 20 seconds. Apply Cache Pink Sculpture Gel in Warm onto the entire nail. Cure for two minutes. (Repeat this step if more coverage is needed.)
2. Brush Ultima Builder onto the entire nail. Apply silver and white mylar in spots. Cure for two minutes.
3. Brush Ultima Builder onto the entire nail again. Use Primary Black gel to add lines to accent the design. Cure for two minutes.
4. Apply Pixie color gel in Silver Lining to add sparkle. Cure for two minutes.
5. Apply Sculpt and Shine to seal. Cure for two minutes. Cleanse.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/metallicgarden.
Easy Design #2: Dotted French
Moses provides NAILS readers with this easy way to disguise a less-than-perfect French manicure. It’s a way to get a wearable fun result while you practice your smile lines. Moses churns out gorgeous nail art videos several times a week on her YouTube channel. Nail art, she says, “occupies 20 hours of my day right now.” Get more of her tutorials at www.robinmoses.com.
1. Create a French manicure, and don’t worry if the smile line isn’t perfect.
2. Sand down a toothpick, so that one side is a large dot and the other end a fine dot. (Or use a nail art dotting tool, if you have one.) Pick a palette of colors that go together, in this case light blue, dark blue, and green. Use the larger side of the toothpick to create light blue dots above and below the smile line.
3. Use the smaller side of the toothpick to create dark blue dots above and below the smile line. Use the smaller side of the toothpick to create green dots above and below the smile line. You can even add small dots inside the large dots if you want.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/dottedfrench.
Easy Design #3: Simple Flowers
Alexandra Mansoor (AKA Algae Veronica)
Madison Heights, Mich.
Mansoor shows an easy way to create a flower by first creating five dots, then pulling from the center of each dot to the center of the circle to transform the dots into petals. If you don’t have a nail art dotting tool, just use a toothpick.
1. Polish the nail pink. Using a dotting tool or a toothpick, create five white dots in a circle. Create a second set of five white dots in a circle.
2. After about 45 seconds, place a toothpick in the center of each dot and carefully drag to the center of the flower.
3. Use a striper brush and hot pink polish to create two wisps.
4. Dip the tip of a toothpick into white polish, then add small dots on both sides of each flower and along one of the wisps.
5. Add a stripe of silver glitter underneath the top pink stripe. Dab your toothpick into silver glitter and dot the center of each flower.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/simpleflowers.
Easy Design #4: Cosmic Showers
DNA (inside Scenario Hair Design)
“All glitter nails are not the same,” Fry says. “Did you know the type and grade of glitter greatly affects the outcome?” This tutorial uses four different glitters, from near-dust particles to hexagonal hologram discs to show how you can vamp up a look with little time added to a service. View more of Fry’s tutorials at www.youtube.com/solessence.
1. Apply Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Asphalt. Cure for two minutes. Apply a second thin coat of Asphalt. Cure for two minutes. Apply microfine glitter to the nail, concentrating it on the center of the nail and toward the free edge. Glitter travels fast, so start where you want the art to end if you find it hard to control.
2. Apply a layer of ultrafine glitter to the nail.
3. Apply fine glitter to the free edge. It shouldn’t be perfect, but it can have a vague resemblance to a French.
4. Apply hexagonal hologram discs along the dividing line between the ultrafine glitter. Apply Shellac UV top coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes. Use a plastic-backed lint-free pad soaked with 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the inhibition layer.
Watch the video at nailsmag.com/video/cosmicshowers.
Easy Design #5: Cute Cupcake
En Wrapture Salon
Post Falls, Idaho
Three shades of colored acrylic create this sweet design, in which imperfection actually makes the “frosting” look better! The accompanying video is Hood’s first-ever nail art tutorial video, inspired by this article assignment.
1. Polish the nail white. Use EZ Flow colored acrylic in Decisions, Decisions to make a sort of cone shape.
2. While it’s still wet, but not runny, use something sharp (like a cuticle pusher) to make vertical slats.
3. Use EZ Flow colored acrylic in Sweet Pea to create the frosting. Drag the color down on the sides and maybe somewhere in the middle. Imperfection is key.
4. While the Sweet Pea is still wet, place a red rhinestone off-center so it’s flush with the acrylic.
5. Use INM colored acrylic in Rain Forest for the stem.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/cutecupcake.
Easy Design #6: Shellac Swirls
Schippers was honored with CND’s prestigious 2010 Education Ambassador of the Year Award. Schippers, who joined CND in 2004 as an education ambassador, represents CND’s techniques and nail knowledge to peers in the nail industry via education events and social media. Here, she shares an easy Shellac design for nail art beginners. Get more help from Schippers at blogs.nailsmag.com/fingernailfixer.
1. Apply Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Tutti Frutti. Cure for two minutes. Apply a second thin coat of Tutti Frutti. Cure for two minutes.
2. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Rock Royalty. Before curing, use a stylus or art brush to quickly draw swirls. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes.
3. Sprinkle on the desired amount of fine loose glitter, which will stick to the inhibition layer. Use a brush to remove excess glitter. Apply Shellac UV Top Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes. Use a plastic-backed lint-free pad soaked with 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the inhibition layer.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/shellacswirls.
Next page: Step-by-steps for Paper Hands, Swirled Elegance, and Black Flower nail art designs.