I’m sure every woman is basically the same. We have a mental checklist of things to do for a special occasion; date, time, venue, dress shoes, hairstyle, accessories. Have you every really considered treating your nails as an accessory that can compliment an ensemble? Sure, the easiest, win-win way would probably be the perfectly done French Tip, perhaps a neutral shade, but why settle? These simple manicure ideas can be done at home but look like you had them done by a pro.
Always put a basecoat to protect your natural nails. Use a topcoat afterwards to protect your design and get a shiny surface. Start with the lightest color first and let your layers dry completely before applying anything over it. I prefer using acrylic paint over nail polish whenever I can because any mistake I make can easily be washed off with soap and water without damaging my base colors underneath. Maintain a steady hand at all times and most importantly, be patient!
If you would like a manicure that goes beyond the ordinary crème shade but are still hesitant to wear an intricate nail design, you can opt to wear a holographic shade.
Ready to step up from holographics? Try this glitter gradient that is also an ode to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. To complete your glitter gradient, start with your base color. Do one coat of the glitter polish on each nail. For the next coat of glitter polish, stop halfway to the tip. Do a third coat stopping a third of the way.
Dainty flowers and rhinestones can accentuate the classic French Tip.
A color gradient is another step up from a crème shade.
This sweet and cute design is quick and easy to do.
A plain black manicure can do with some decorating too.
Care for a little glamour? This red and black colorblock design is for you.
I personally avoid clothes with prints that are too loud or too big. I cannot say the same for my nails though.
This design is my favorite. I was browsing the web for party invitations and came across a vintage floral print. Youtuber Robin Moses provided inspiration for this design.
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Soon to come are nail art ideas using things around the house!
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Written by: Ann Itoralba