Nail artwork is a brilliant way to show off your funky personality, and it is easy to do at home, so you don’t even need to visit an expensive salon. Using a variety of techniques it is possible to add glitter, produce a cool marbled effect or create a colour grading effect that shifts gradually from one colour to another; kind of like a Tequila Sunrise! All you need to do is to buy nail polish, do a little practice with different techniques and styles, and to get as creative as you possibly can!
During the 2012 Olympic Games, it was very common to see athletes with their nails carefully painted with the flags of their country. Depending on your nationality (and the complexity of your flag), this can be an incredibly simple trend to follow. Flags that consist of bold stripes are very easy to recreate and will only require you to buy nail polish in two or three different shades. Flags with lots of little components, such as the American flag, can be harder to copy, and you will need a very steady hand and a lot of patience.
It is now possible to buy nail polish which includes tiny magnetic particles and comes with a specially designed magnet to manipulate them. If you paint your nails and then hold the magnet over each nail whilst the varnish is still wet, these tiny metallic flecks will rearrange themselves into a delightful pattern. This is the perfect way to get patterned nails with the minimum degree of effort.
Nail stencils are also a very easy way to create patterns or images on the nails. You can usually purchase them from the same place you buy nail polish. Simply put the stencil over the place on the nail in which you want the image then paint over it with polish. Once the polish is dry, peel the stencil off the nail and you will be left with just the shape you chose. For even more colour, add a base coat before doing the stencil; for longevity, add a clear top coat to protect your design.