Nail art can be created using countless designs and innovative tools. By using a variety of colors and types of paint, almost any design is possible to create.
Supplies needed to create nail art vary greatly depending upon the desired effect. The majority of jobs can be done with standard brushes, but smaller brushes will be required for more detailed designs. If small brushes are unavailable, toothpicks also work well to add tiny bits of color to the nail. When creating nail art for toes, a toe separator will be a necessity.
Different types of paint can also be used to decorate. Acrylic paints are the most widely used and most readily available. Acrylic designs allow for very solid colors and dry quickly. Gel paint pens function similar to acrylic paints; however, the gel will create more of a 3D look.
When applying colors, the lightest color should always be applied first. This ensures that the purest essence of the color is seen on the nail, and that the color is not tainted by darker colors. Color in the larger areas first whenever possible, and then the smaller details. Each color should be allowed time to dry before a new color is added.
If glitter is desired, add that after all the color is used. This will allow the glitter to sparkle and accent the paint job. A clear top coat will help to create a glossy look when finished, as well as ensure longer lasting paint.
Beginners should start by trying art with two or three different colors, and avoid anything too elaborate. Basic patterns can be the best way to improve one’s design ability, and will also look impressive once finished. Simplicity will help one to master the basic techniques before moving on to more advanced methods. Nail design is a learned art that will always improve over time.