Each week in November I’m going to do a post focused on Nail Art. I’m a complete Nail Art novice, and I’ve only recently got into it, but hopefully their will be some products and ideas that will interest everyone. Today’s post is all about easy ways to dabble in nail art, maybe your rushed for time, or a complete beginner like me.
We’ve all been there, you plan to do you nails but then something comes up and then you don’t have enough time to let them fully dress, so they smudge. Its devastating, but their are alternatives when your short on time. I like to think of Kiss Nail Wraps(*) as ready-made nail art for busy/impatient people like myself. Coming in a range of designs, and simply stick onto clean nails. I advise cleaning your nails with nail varnish remover even if you haven’t got any polish on them, just to remove any residue, and then drying them thoroughly beforehand. Applying nail wraps does take a bit of practice, but once you manage to apply them without creases your onto a winner. Don’t worry about the wraps being too long, apply them, and then use a nail fail to gentle buff away the overhang. Obviously it depends what you do, but generally they last around 3 days. Another ready made alternative is Impress Manicures(*). Like nail wraps these come in a variety of designs, but rather than being a sticker, they are press-on acrylics. What I love about these is that they come in a range of lengths making them practical. However, if you have quite wide nails, these might not be for you as I know some people have had difficulty getting the nail to fit their nails. Each pack comes with some super strong stickers that you place on the acrylic nail, and on then on yours, however I would recommend pressing as hard as you can just to ensure they stay put. I was a bit worried about this making them a bit flimsy. I would say their week claim is a bit of a stretch. I’d say they last around 3 days max, and if your playing sport, a couple of hours (don’t say I don’t test things to the full). Saying that, if you need a quick fix before an event or night out, the lack of mess and speedy application (10 minutes for both hands!) will obviously appeal.
If you want to give nail art bit more of a go yourself, the next place to look is effects. If you new to nail art, I’d recommend trying MUA rather than buying a pricey Ciate. Now I’m going to have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of nail effects that involve you adding things to your nails. The fur-effect is gives a soft velvet look and in theory would make a great accent nail, but will be ruined when you wash your hands or get them wet. The Nail Constellations are exactly the same as the high end version, but like the high end version are completely impractical. If you plan on moving your hand, your have no chance of keeping any of these little beads on your nail. I’m not sure why the vast majority of nail art effects are messy, or impractical, but they are easy to do and good fun if you need a certain look for an event.
Lastly some products that venture further into nail art. Both Nail Nail Tattoos(*) and Kiss Nail Accents(*) work in a similar way doing all the hard work for you. Once you’ve painted your nails, simply place your sticker(s) onto your nails and wahla instant nail art. One tip though is to try and get your layer of polish as smooth as possible and wait until it dries completely before applying the sticks. If you new to nail art, I’d start with these. They are ideal as they are mess free and last around 4-5 days.
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know how you got on!
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