Manicures can get super expensive and let’s admit it, we don’t really have the time to go to salons anymore. Painting your nails at home is easy and can even help to de-stress. However, if you want to stay on top of trends while being cheap and lazy AF, here are the best manicure tips you will ever receive.
1. French Manicures With A Twist
The French manicure is a classic look that goes well with every occasion and every outfit. However, if it isn’t done right, it can look extremely shabby and bring down your nail game by 75%. Here’s a twist to the classic look that’ll make sure your nails will look good despite any imperfections.
All you’ve got to do is paint the base using a neutral colour and use a darker colour to line the tip. You could even swish on the colour using the side of your brush for a thick even look.
2. The Elegant Mess
This one is probably the easiest to achieve since all you need to do is mess things up. Apply two coats of a base colour of choice. Take a contrasting colour and brush off as much of the polish as you can onto the neck of the bottle. Before the base colour has dried completely, take the contrasting colour and dry-brush it on to get a grunge like effect.
3. Glitter Pops
This fashion week worthy manicure look will give you just the right amount of shimmer. Start with a base coat of choice and dab some glitter on the nail bed to get the shimmer pop effect. To take this to the next level, use a matte base and dab the glitter on in a particular shape or pattern. To keep things in place, finish with a coat of clear polish.
4. Eyeliner Tricks
Buying thinner brushes for nail art can be expensive and sort of useless when you are too lazy to use it to its full capacity. Usually you would just need it for one or two styles. Here’s a way to get a super cool nail effect without buying new material. All you need is a liquid liner (which you probably already have in your makeup bag). Apply a base coat of choice (white or neutral will give a nice minimalistic effect) and let it dry completely. Once dried, use the liquid liner to create lines or patterns on the nail. Let it dry completely as well and set things in place with a coat of clear polish.
5. The Retro Effect
This is my personal go-to look because it is super easy but looks super cute at the same time. Start with a base colour of choice and let it dry completely. Use a contrasting colour and create dots randomly on the nail. For tiny dots, use a toothpick and for larger dots use the brush itself or cotton buds. Experiment with different colour combinations such as black and white, blue and silver, red and white (patriotic much?) or black and neon pink (La Senza sexy).
6. Sponge Away
Create an elegant ombre look at home by using a cheap tiny sponge! Start with a base colour of choice (white) and it dry. Dab some colour that you plan to ombre onto the sponge. Make sure to start with a lighter version of the ombre colour (light blue) and let it dry completely. Now use a darker version of the ombre colour (dark blue) and dab it towards the top of the nail. Voila! Ombre nails! You could add some glitter when using darker colours to create a galaxy effect.
7. Monster Nails
If you like crazy over-the-top designs then this cheap and easy nail art is the solution for you. Paint your nails black or a neon coat. Now for the fun part, remember those googly eyes that you would put on gift cards and paper plate art? Yea now you get to put those on your nail for a cute monster nail that’ll have people doing double takes.
8. Well Versed
Nail stickers make life a lot easier but it can be messy when you have no idea how to keep your hands stable. Here is a trick to make it seem like you used a nail sticker while actually you just used vodka (yes, vodka). Start by applying a base colour of choice (preferably something light since the print won’t show up on dark surfaces). After it is dry, drench your nail in vodka (you could also take a few sips when the nails turn out perfect, because you deserve it). While the nail is still wet, wrap a piece of newspaper around it and let it get all soggy. Remove the paper after a while to discover the print on your nails! Finish off with a coat of clear polish.
9. Mix & Match
Another way to make it seem like you put effort into your nail art is to paint your nails in different colours. A black and white alternate colour scheme is elegant and will always be a classic, a contrasting thumb nail colour could add the oomph you need when sticking to plain colours, or you could go crazy and colour them all different shades of the rainbow.
10. Invest In Some Nail Tape
Nail tapes aren’t that expensive and one roll contains enough to last you through at least a year or two. When you are in a hurry and want a nail art look that is edgy, just put on some tape in a single line and cut out the excess. Coat with clear polish and you have an edgy yet minimalistic look that will bring up your nail game by 100 points!
DIY nails can look a little imperfect. Fortunately, imperfection is the latest trend.
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