February 20, 2012 Makeup.com Nails

3 Manicures That Look More Complicated Than They Really Are

If you’re like me, you love beautifully painted nails but are troubled by the fact that a good manicure can be time consuming. Luckily, gorgeous nails can just take a few minutes—thanks to new nail art pens, foils, stickers and other time saving products. Here's how to get my favorite speedy nail styles.

Wild Thang


Step 1: Apply a base coat of Nails Inc. Magnetic Nail Polish, and then a second (thicker coat) of polish. Then hover your finger, polish side down, over the magnet on the cap of the polish and wait 10-15 seconds. The magnetic strip will create dramatic “waves” and designs on your nails. 
Step 2: Apply a layer of crackle like Sally Hansen's Crackle Overcoat in Fractured Foil in a shade similar to the base nail polish color.
Step 3: When the polish is dry, use a nail polish containing glitter, such as Wet 'n' Wild Fast Dry Nail Color Party of Five Glitters (two coats are best) to really punch up the effect. In a matter of seconds, your nails will look as though you dipped them in crushed jewelry.

Artistic Display

Step 1: After applying a base coat, start with a nail polish color light enough to show off your nail artwork. L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer in Butterfly Kisses makes a great canvas. Two coats ensure a uniform, non-streaky finishfor artistic expression. 
Step 2: Before you apply a clear top coat, determine your nail art design and reach for a good nail art pen like Sally Hansen's which are an easy alternative to using acrylic paints with brushes.
Step 3: Once your nail designs are completely dry, seal the look with a clear top coat.

Stencil Star

Step 1: To get this look, choose contrasting shades that make your nail art stand out. I used L'Oreal Nail Lacquer in Drama Queen as my base color. Alisha Botero, National Training Director, Nail Services for Red Door Spas advises that you layer your favorite nail polish for a great base, but ensure the polish is completely dry before starting your work. “Acrylic paints are great to work with since they wash off with water, this is great for mess ups since the polish stays on unscathed.”
Step 2: Stencil on some fun designs to liven up the manicure. One easy to use kit is Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit that comes with sticker sheets and three nail art colors. Simply peel, press, paint and peel off the design of your choice.
Step 3: Seal with a clear top coat. 

 

Another way to get bling-worthy nails in a matter of minutes is to use the magnetic nail polish first, get the dramatic “waves” and then apply a layer of crackle in a shade similar to the nail polish. Then when the polish is dry, use a nail polish containing glitter, such as Wet 'n' Wild Fast Dry Nail Color Party of Five Glitters to really punch up the effect. In a matter of seconds, your nails will look as though you dipped them in crushed jewelry.

Newspaper Nails

“Newspaper print nails are fun and easy to do,” says celebrity manicurist Tracylee [http://www.luxebytracylee.com]. “After your polish dries --light color polish works best-- dip your finger in rubbing alcohol, press the newsprint onto the nail, gently rub and slowly peel off.” Don’t forget to apply a top coat so it will last.

Stickers and Rhinestones

Easy ways to glam up your nails include the use of nail tattoos or rhinestones or stickers (you can get these from any drugstore or Sephora.com). Use them as much or as little as you would like, and seal them off with a top coat to ensure longevity and to prevent fraying. To apply rhinestones on your nails, use nail glue and apply them one by one with tweezers. If you’d rather not use nail glue, wait until the base color polish is completely dry and then apply the rhinestones onto a wet top coat.

What's your favorite mani style?
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