Nail Art the creative practice of drawing pictures or painting decorative designs on nails. Apart from being a fun way of brightening your everyday look, it can be a great and unique way accessorize during a special occasion. Nail Art and manicuring go hand in hand; it has become a beauty trend that will never go outs of style. There are currently many nail bars /nail saloons that have knowledgeable and experienced artists and manicurists working on making nails unique and attractive. A key product in nail art is artificial nail extensions such as acrylics.
Nail art is a broad term that encompasses a myriad of methods used to decorate nails. This article is a brief but detailed look at different nail art techniques and nail art tools and accessories. The article concludes by giving you tips on how to make your nail Art last longer.
Popular Nail Art Techniques
Every nail art session starts with the basics; a manicure and a pedicure. Some widely popular nail art techniques include;
These are artificial nails made from a chemical mixture of a monomer liquid and a polymer powder that can directly be applied on nails. Acrylics are also called nail extensions or nail enhancements. Acrylics harden when exposed to air; when they harden, they provide the perfect canvas for applying nail color.
Upkeep of acrylic nails is quite simple, overtime they grow out with your nails and you have to have the nails filled in. The removal is also quite easy; there is no soaking or prying required. Your nails are simply soaked in nail polish remover for 15-20 minutes. Acrylic nail art is advantageous because acrylics are strong and when done well can last long provided you take the prerogative to take care for your nails
Ever wondered what nail gel is made of? It is a chemical combination that is quite similar to acrylics. These nails are preferred over acrylics because they provide the robustness of acrylics and also have the appearance of natural nails. Unlike acrylic nails, gels only harden when exposed to UV light. Gel polishes are quite similar to nail polish when applying nail art; you need to apply a base coat, a polish color and a top coat.
Choosing between Gel Nails and Acrylic Nails
These nails have similar benefits such as lengthening short nails and strengthening nails. In case you are caught at cross roads, here are some pros and cons that can make you come to an informed decision.
Pros of Acrylic Nails
- They can be fixed easily when they break
- Removal process is simple and painless
- Acrylics are extremely robust
- Less costly as compared to gel nails
Cons of Acrylic Nails
- These nails can damage the nail bed if kept t on consistently for long periods of time.
- Nail art using acrylics involves the use of strong fumes and strong chemicals that should not be exposed to pregnant women
Advantages of Gel Nails
- Nail art using gel nails has a more natural appearance that is extra glossy as compared to other cosmetic nails.
- Curing process of gel nails is faster that of acrylic nails making it less time consuming
- Gel application features less chemical fumes as compared to acrylic nails-these are definitely a safer and more eco-friendly option.
Limitations of Gel nails
They are not as long lasting as acrylic nails; this is despite the fact that they tend to cost more.
Since most high-quality gel nails require UV light for curing, they cannot be done at home.
When the gel nails break, self fixing is not an option; it has to be fixed or repaired by a professional in a nail salon.
Although they are currently some soak –off versions, gel nails often need to filed off which is hectic and unpleasant.
Gel nails and acrylic nails are popular in nail art because they provide enough surface for design and artistic enhancement. You can choose to paint, do French tips, airbrush or even add glitter; the list is endless. There is a wide array of options available in nail decoration. These include;
- Nail art pens
- Water marbling
- Addition of accessories such as rhinestones, miniature plastic bows, studs and sometimes even aluminum foil.
- There is currently acrylic powder for 3D nail art. This simply a polymer powder that is used collaboratively with a monomer liquid; it used by professional manicurists to create stunning nail designs
Here are some basic nail art tools and accessories that can help decorate your nails easily and flawlessly!
This is an essential accessory which instantly gives your nail art a mod, cool girl and non-glossy finish
Nail Polish Correcting Pen
This helps to clean up around the nail bed properly for a neat and professional finish. This polish erasing pen has a precision tips which when doused in polish remover erases any mistakes along the sides of a nail.
Remover Pads that remove excess glitter
If love glitter the am sure you are aware how hard it is to get rid of glitter. A glitter and nail polish remover pad helps to easily swipe off excess glitter.
Nail Art brushes
Different nail brushes are used for different reasons for instance angled French brushes are used to create one stroke looks such as a French manicure or simple color blocking. This particular brush helps to create crisp edges and corners of a bail design. Another widely used is the a Detail brush that is used to small and intricate designs. Other common brushes are the stripper brush that creates even sharp lines and the fan brush that helps create a whispy feathered effect that looks stunning.
Nail Dotting Tools
This is a crucial tool and you will always find it in DIY nail art tool and in a nail salon. It is used to create symmetrical circles that prominently feature in many nail art designs. It creates designs that includes polka dots, flowers and even eyes.