Nail art is so rampantly popular that we have Pinterest overwhelming us with seemingly endless tutorials and ideas for those DIY types out there. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally addicted, but there is one problem with this: I have the patience of a tiny human. Once I sit down to create a newfangled look for my nails, it can easily turn into hours of frustration. Three or four failed attempts, and a half empty bottle of polish remover later, all that I have left are thoughts that maybe I should enroll in anger management. All I can say is this, if you are perfectionist, beware!
Unless you are the queen bee of nail art, I recommend first-timers to set aside at least two hours without interruption if you want to create some real nail art- you know- butterflies, ladybugs, polka dots and star spangled banners. However, today I'm going to tell you there is an easier way to wear your personality on your fingers.
You can still have DIY nail art without all the work. I now buy 'nail wallpaper'. Wallpaper - not cool on the walls anymore but so rocking on the nails, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who calls it that. My favorite for at-home use are called Jamberry nail wraps. You can create the exact same patterns, lines, polka dots and bugs in such less time and a lot less work, with less money spent. Instead of buying all these polishes, you are buying one pattern.
How Nail Wraps Work
It's pretty straightforward.
- Prep by cleaning your nails with rubbing alcohol.
- Use a blowdryer to shrink-wrap the 'wallpaper' on your nails. The heat makes the nail wrap mold to the shape of your nail.
- Follow this by gently pressing the wrap into the cuticles with a cuticle pusher.
- Last, sand off the excess at each fingertip with a nail file...you now have a nail art look.
If you prefer to get them done professionally, there are salons that carry a line called Minx, which is the same concept, except they use the UV light to shrink wrap the pattern onto the nail and, of course, you have a professional making it look perfect. I have not tried these myself, so you will have to tell me how they worked for you.
Add Your Own Bling To Your Nail Art
To add a little glitz and glamour to your pattern, just pick up some loose rhinestone beads from your local craft store (the tinier, the better). Dab a bit of nail glue to the back, and then place them somewhere on your pattern that makes sense. Cover this with a clear top coat. Now you can say you are a nail art queen too.
What are your nail art tricks and tips?
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated nor partnered with Jamberry or Minx Nails in any capacity.