Anyone who spends even five minutes browsing the Web in search of eye-catching do-it-yourself nail designs will find tons of fun, great-looking ideas. Some might be silly, others might have a more elegant undertone, but undoubtedly, the question that everyone eventually asks when looking at pictures of DIY nail art is…”Can I actually do this?” Even if a tutorial is available, it can be quite a daunting task to replicate the seemingly flawless appearance of nails that are found online.
Fortunately, SheKnows.com has brought together three DIY designs that look great but don’t require hours of free time and a surgeon’s fine motor skills to accomplish. The three looks are a polka dot French manicure, nails with a “splattered” modern art look, and a manicure featuring multi-colored chevron shapes.
The article also includes some handy tips for any DIY nail project. These pointers will help your at-home manicure look more professional and last longer:
- Sheer colors and “jelly” polishes are great for regular manicures, but highly-pigmented colors are best for nail art. Fewer coats = fewer mistakes.
- Always use a base coat and finish with a glossy top coat for shine and protection. These are like primer and powder for the face – essential for staying power!
- Cleaning up polish that ends up outside the lines takes an at-home manicure from amateur to professional. After painting my nails, I dip an angled eyeliner brush in remover and run it along the cuticle line. This cleans up messy brushstrokes and creates a clean, smooth line.
With these DIY nail art ideas and tips, even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can get a great manicured look at home.