3D nail art is one of the most creative ways to make a subtle statement. Creating 3D nails is not only fun, but is a great way to compliment any outfit and become the center of attention. Nail design for fashion ranges greatly and the possibilities are endless provided one puts in the time and effort to create the desired effects.
It can be very time consuming to try to create art using a trial and error method, so creating a brief sketch of what the nails should look like will help to organize the design. The art takes careful planning and time to perfect. By knowing what to paint before beginning, one saves both time and money.
After all the planning is complete, gather any materials needed. Various polishes, cut-outs, rhinestones and glitters can be used to make a variety of effects. Special smaller brushes can also be used to apply these materials. The clear coat nail polish is the most important material, because it is what holds all of the pieces in place.
Most effects will start with a clear coat or a base color. Acrylic paints can be used to create a custom color. Mixing white or clear acrylic polish with the desired loose colors, and then adding loose glitter or eye shadow can create a custom base color to decorate with.
Once the colors are selected and set out, and the base coat is dry, decorating can begain. Start with the lightest colors first, and then add the darkest colors. For small amounts of color, use either sticks or extra small nail brushes. Make sure that each color is dried before the next on is applied. This will prevent smudging and unwanted colors mixing.
Additional décor can be added to the nails once all of the paint is dry. Rhinestones and glitter can be used sparingly to help create the 3D effect on the nail. Small paper cut-outs can also be used to create the final effects on the nail in the shape of square, stars, flower, or diamonds.
Finish with a clear top coat polish once the entire nail is dry using nail glue. This will ensure that the designer nails last for an extended amount of time.