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Nail Art Tutorials for Newbies

Nail art is raking in big bucks at a lot of salons. If you’re good at applying polish, but aren’t necessarily a Picasso, here are some easy designs you may want to try. Once you master a few basic strokes and shapes, you can combine them to form more intricate designs.

Contributing nail artists:
Melisa Bruce, Salon Riviera, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Sherri Traweek, The Nail Asylum, Redlands, Calif.
Lorri Silvestre, Nail Candy By Lorri, Grover Beach, Calif.

The good news is you don’t need an entire arsenal of fancy tools to create cute nail art. All of the designs done here were made with different sized dotting tools (three or less) and a striper brush.

Slanted Color Block

Melisa Bruce

1. Using the nail polish brush, swipe on a coat of color at a diagonal angle. Choose a second color and fill in the remaining space on the nail, polishing at the same angle.

2.  Apply a second coat of each color.

3. Use a striping brush to apply glitter over the center line.

<p>Once you are used to creating steady lines with the polish brush and striper brush you can color block in a trendier way, like the chevron print. <em>&mdash;Sherri Traweek</em></p>


Color Block With Stylus Dots

Melisa Bruce

1. Paint nail in desired color.


2. Paint over half the nail in a second color.

3. Use a dotting tool and make dots down the center.

<p>If you want to challenge yourself, break the nail up by painting a V-tip and adding dots over those lines. A rhinestone in the center gives the nails a princess look. <em>&mdash;Sherri Traweek</em></p>


Dot Gradient

Melisa Bruce

1. Paint nail desired color.

2. Swipe another color of polish across the tip.

3. Using different sized dotting tools, dot one side of the nail in various colors.

<p>An alternative way to do dots is by applying them at the tip only. <em>&mdash;Sherri Traweek</em></p>


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