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.
Next page: Step-by-steps for Cosmic Showers, Cute Cupcake, and Shellac Swirls nail art designs.