DIY Manicure – 5 Easy at-home Ideas
You only know that dogs have just the time of their life – so much attention from people! You are not sure what is going on, but you are sure that there is suddenly a rubbing and fetching on the table. Another thing that gets more attention these days: your nails. You kept it so clean. They have moisturized every night. You watch them all the time – while typing, cooking, switching the remote control between channels during the commercial breaks …
This whole situation gives your nails a touch of glamor when I can speak for them. Make it even more special by picking up on the DIY manicure idea that you’ve been thinking about but that you haven’t yet implemented. From a rainbow manicure to minimal nail art, it’s about staying at home but getting out of your comfort zone. It’s also fun! And you’ll enjoy it longer than DIY sourdough bread. A few proposals on where to begin …
DIY Manicure Ideas
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At the moment it is quite possible that you will go through your beauty stock and find that you have six identical lipsticks from different brands, far too many highlighters, what’s more, an entire nail polish collection in a similar shading family. (Hey, you like what you like!) It’s a perfect excuse to try a Skittles DIY manicure with three or more colors on each hand.
Sure, it’s just a normal manicure, but using a rainbow of complementary shades creates the illusion of nail art. You can use any combination of colors, but the easiest way to get a manicure you don’t hate is to choose shades that may be neighbors in the color wheel.
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When nail artist Steph Stone recently taught Miley Cyrus how to do some nail art designs on Instagram Live, it was the cow print that struck me the most. It feels contemporary yet classic and is so simple that you are not tired of it – and it is actually simple. (And not easy if you are good at nails. Simple. Simple.) All you need is this podcast and opaque white nail polish as a base. Wait for it to dry before starting your second color.
You can copy Stone’s classic cow print or, if you don’t have black lacquer, use a brown or taupe, or even opaque pink. No nail art brush is required. Simply wipe the brush of your choice to control the amount of polish, and then make small, irregular stains. It doesn’t have to be perfect or symmetrical because cow spots are not perfect or symmetrical. And the result is undoubtedly impressive.
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French tips: You are Baaack. But now with bright colors that effectively transform an otherwise stuffy or sticky DIY manicure into something that feels fresh. You can start with any base you want – a classic plain pink works as well as an opaque nude or neutral. Or keep it clear! Then use the paint of your choice (something with opacity works best here) to remove any obvious lumps from the brush and pull it horizontally along the edge of your nail.
Here are some tips to help you get a clear line: Instead of moving the brush, try to keep it steady and gently turn your finger. The line looks smoother since it doesn’t depend on the stability of your hand. You can even keep the finger you’re working on with your thumb or the pad of your palm for additional steadiness. Make sure the tips dry completely before applying a topcoat, as you don’t want strips to ruin your hard work.
Also, it should be noted that this style looks best on long nails that stick out over the ends of your fingers. If you master the basics, make as many looks as you have colors! You can even try combining it with the Skittles trend to get tips that taste the rainbow.
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It is the evil twin of your French DIY manicure, the crescent! Instead of just painting the tip of your nail, paint everything except the bottom. You may already have natural crescents at the base of your nails – they are called lunula and range from very prominent to barely visible. You can swindle them with paper hole reinforcements, which are the simplest method to veil a half-circle shape at the base of the nail.
Simply stick it half on, half of your nail and then paint as usual. You can use any color you want for the rest of the nail – this burgundy version is especially pretty, and a sage green also feels inspiring now. And if you don’t want to leave the crescent moon naked, first paint your entire nail, let it dry, and then follow the instructions above as usual. (It is much easier to paint the negative space around the crescent moon than to paint it directly with polish.)
Try using a base of completely different light shade to achieve a color blocking effect.
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When you’ve worked through all of the DIY manicure ideas above, clear up an afternoon and try tying a few batik nails. The cheerful print exploded last summer and we still feel inspired by the bright colors and laissez-faire setting of this classic DIY. You don’t need a large bucket or paint to transfer it to your tiny nail art – but you need a paper or plastic cup, a toothpick, and as many colors as you want in your design.
Gel artists like Rose B. and Park Eunkyung can counterfeitly tie pins by swirling the polish on the nail before it hardens. However, you can get the look at home without gel rig by water marbling. It’s hard to explain, so you should watch some YouTube tutorials first. When you’re ready to start, cover your cuticles with duct tape to minimize the mess, and then drop rings of color into your cup of water. Once you’ve created your design, dip each finger in the cup to transfer the pressure onto the nail.
You can use any color you want and as many as you want, but if you use a clear polish on a few rings, the look instantly becomes chic and grown-up.
– Ali Oshinsky
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