DIY Nail Art Tools For The Newbie Nail Art Enthusiast!


If you’re into nail art, you’ll need to have a few essential nail art tools. But that doesn’t mean you have to invest in these nail art tools, especially if you’re just a newbie trying out a few nail hacks. You can simply make them at home!

How? That’s what we’re going to explain right here. First though, you’ll need to take stock of the tools that you’ll require:

  • Small dotting tool
  • Large dotting tool
  • Striping brush
  • Detailing brush

Now the names of these tools are pretty self explanatory – so we aren’t really going into that. What we’ll tell you about are the simple, everyday tools just lying around your home that can be used in place of these. So let’s start with the…
 
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Small Dotting Tool

When you have little dots in your design, these are the tools that will make your nail art a success. But what can you use instead of a professional dotting brush?

  • Try a toothpick – if you want to make really small dots, then these are perfect. And you can use and throw them away!
  • A dried out ball pointer pen will also work – you can always clean up the nib for a second use.
  • A sharpened pencil works equally well – especially when you’re wanting to make precise but small dots.
  • And finally, bobby pins – just dip the tip into your paint/polish and get your dots in place. You can increase or decrease the size of your dots depending on how lightly you are using the pin.
Check out this blog on gel nails instructions

Now that you’ve got the small dotting tool covered, you can move on to the…

Big Dotting Tool

These are used when you have to create bigger dots in larger patterns, you can even use the small dotting tool, but that takes a lot more effort and precision. So it’s best to actually have a separate dotting tool for the larger dots. As for what you can use…

  • You can use a pin – the side that has the ball attached to it – if you have difficulty holding the pin just as is, stick it into the rubber end of a pencil.
  • Blunt pencils work as well – they are also easier to work with.

Next, you can move on to the…
 
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Striping Brush

This is what will help you take your nail art to a new level, so make sure to have one of these handy whenever you are doing nail art. Here’re the household items you can use to make your DIY striping brush:

  • Just snip away at a large paint brush till you get the right size and width of the brush.
  • You can do the same with an old nail polish brush – although, when you use it you might have to dip it into the paint or polish more than once to get the right effect.
Finally, you have the most important tool, the…
 
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Detailing Brush

This tool is particularly necessary to get the little details in place. Here are the alternatives to a commercial brush…

  • An old eyeliner brush – this is fairly simple to use, and offers great flexibility.
  • Or, you could try snipping away the bristles of a small paint brush – to get the same effect.
These are the simplest and most essential tools that you will need to try out any nail hack – and now for a quick recap –



Now, you’re officially ready to try out your skills at nail art with full gusto – without having to spend a dime on nail art tools!

5 Super Easy Nail Art Hacks For The Newbie Nail Artist!


Nail art comes in all colors shapes and sizes today – and they look oh so cool, or oh so cute – depending on the various factors. Now we realize that nail art isn’t exactly easy to do – it requires quite a bit of perseverance, and – in most cases – quite a lot of skill….
But let’s keep the look as well as the perseverance, and try and take the skill out of it, shall we?

Here are 5 super easy ways to get absolutely salon style nail art. And believe us when we say that each technique is so easy that you too can master it pretty quick! So let’s get started!

#1: Black with gold dots

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For this style here’s what you will need:

  • A black (or you can use any other plain dark shade) nail polish.
  • A golden sharpie marker

Now to make the design:

  1. Start by applying your customary first coat.
  2. Let it dry.
  3. Then apply the second coat and let it dry too.
  4. Now take the sharpie and draw on the dots – you can actually draw on anything you like, depending on how steady your hands are!

Now wasn’t that simple? Now let’s look at our second one:

#2 Glitter gradient

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For this look you will need:

  • A nail polish that is not glitter in a light shade – in this case light pink.
  • A nail polish WITH glitter in a slightly darker shade of the first color.
  • A q-tip and some nail polish remover.
  • Clear nail top coat.
  • A piece of sponge.

To make this design:

  1. Start with the first coat of the light shade – and let it dry.
  2. Apply another coat and let that dry as well.
  3. Now paint some of the glitter nail polish onto one end of the sponge. And use this end to apply onto the outer edge of your nail.
  4. This may take a bit of practice to get perfect – but you get a lovely effect.
  5. Take the q-tip dipped in the remover and clean up the skin around the nail end.
  6. Once that’s dry, apply the clear top coat to protect.
  7. Let that dry, and you are done!

Now moving on to our third pattern:

#3 Polka dots

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This one is actually really really easy to do! Here’s what you need:

  • A base color nail polish – in this case gold.
  • An accent color nail polish – in this case black.
  • A clear top coat polish.
  • A bobby pin with a round tip.

Now to start the design:
  1. For this one they have tried the accent manicure style – and so the ring finger is colored in the accent color and the other four in the base color. But you can actually do all of them in the base color.
  2. Do repeat with the second coat – letting each coat dry separately.
  3. Now take the bobby pin end and dip it in the contrast color polish and use this to make the polka dots.
  4. Allow them to dry.
  5. Now apply clear top coat – and you are ready to dazzle the world!
Read this article on diy rhinestone nails

This next one is another very easy design to make.

#4 Half moons

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For this you will need:

  • A base color nail polish.
  • An accent color nail polish.
  • Clear top coat polish.
  • Little disks of sticky paper.

To make the design, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start by painting your nails with the color you want the half moons to be – in this case purple.
  2. Do it with the two coats – allowing to dry after each.
  3. Now take the sticky paper circles and apply onto the tip of your nails. Just a half moon will cover the nail, the rest will be on your normal finger skin.
  4. Now take the color for the larger part of the finger and paint the nail – in this case pink. The paper will keep it from entering into your half moon.
  5. Once done, carefully remove the paper and allow to dry.
  6. Apply top coat.

Similarly you can apply masking tape, or sticky paper cut into other patterns or designs to get more complex nail art! And now for the final one!

#5 Gold speckles

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For this you will need:

  • The base color – in this case red – but turquoise or black or navy blue also looks very good with this look.
  • A gold nail color.
  • Clear nail top coat.
  • A q-tip and some nail polish remover.
  • Some plastic wrapper of some sort.

To make the design:

  1. Start with a top coat with your base color. And let it dry.
  2. Repeat with second coat and dry again.
  3. Now crinkle up the wrapper and hold it in your left hand. Paint on the gold nail color onto the uneven surface.
  4. Now while this is still wet, use it to press on the dried base coats. You will get a crushed gold leaf look.
  5. Use the q-tip with remover to clean up any gold nail polish that spreads onto your finger.
  6. Allow to dry before applying cleat top coat.

And voila!

There you have it – 5 super easy – but amazing to look at – nail art patterns. And now its up to you to choose which you want to try out and when!

11 Simple Yet Effective Tips To Grow Long Nails!


If you’re looking to grow your nails, then you’re at the right place. We give you the easiest tips to ensure that you grow long and healthy nails, without having to resort to long hours in the parlor.

So let’s get down to the tips…

  • Stop biting your nails – they will never grow if you keep biting them.
  • Get into the habit of filing your nails regularly. Try an emery board rather than a metal nail file.
  • Always file your nails in one direction – if you go on filing haphazardly, you will end up with chipped and broken nails.
  • Try to go for those nail shapes that are resistant to breakage and chipping — squoval or square for instance.
  • Know your nail type and treat your nails accordingly. For dry nails, apply pure olive oil on your bare nails and massage twice a day.
  • For soft nails, keep your nails away from water as much as possible. So if you do a lot of water-work, try and wear gloves to protect your nails.

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  • Protect your nails with a proper base coat and a coat of good nail polish. Don’t go for the cheap ones, they will strip your nails of the natural moisture and make them prone to chipping.
  • Always use moisturizer after you use a nail polish remover. As such it is a good practice to use acetone free polish remover – because the ones with acetone make the nails dry.
  • Don’t use fake glued–on nails. These harm the nails and make them brittle and prone to chipping.
  • To grow healthy and long nails, you can also have biotin supplements. These are very good for your hair and nails.
  • Have lots of protein, because that’s what your nail is made up of. So the more protein you have, the longer and healthier nails you will grow.

And finally, here is a video that will give you a fair idea of the different things to try to grow long nails. It mainly focuses on the different products you can use – and most of them are easily available in drugstores too. So take a look:



These are our tips to grow long and healthy nails, if you come up with your own tips, do share them with us.

Sift the Facts From The Myths: Skincare Dos and Don’ts!



The in-things these days are D-I-Y and natural. This is especially true for people looking towards skin care. More and more people are switching from commercially available synthetic products, and switching to actual stuff that is natural and in a lot of cases found right around the house. And there are quite a few different ingredients that are quite popular – and more and more people are using these. But what we are talking about today is what IS good for you, and what ISN’T.

Let’s start with what is not good for you then…

What you should NOT be putting on your face

There are beauty D-I-Y recipes and tips galore doing the rounds of the internet. Wherever you look – YouTube, Facebook, twitter and even the blogosphere is teeming with these. But how many are really worth it. And how many are just going to harm your skin – even though they are touted as great solutions, is the main question. And today we are going to debunk quite a few myths for you.

So, here is a list of stuff NOT to use on your face. We are giving you the snippet here – and the details we will be going into later.

  • Lemon or lime
  • Sugar or coarse salt
  • Tomato (especially if you have dry skin)
  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste (!)
  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint/mint oil
  • Alcohol
  • Apple cider vinegar or any vinegar
  • Coconut or olive oil as moisturizers
  • Essential oils

And instead of going into the details of exactly why – and what would be a great alternative – we thought we’ll bring you a video that walks you through it.



Now, as you saw in this video – if you watched it to the end – the same person has also made a video where she talks about the things that ARE good for your skin… And we have that for you too…

What IS good for the skin

Well, like the last time – we’re starting with the list. If you have been using any of the following stuff in your DIY skincare routines then – GOOD JOB! You’ve been going with the actual good stuff.

So just check out this list at a glance and then you can go in depth with the video – where again, she describes everything in greater detail.

  • Honey – especially raw or Manuka honey
  • Oil cleansing method
  • Fruit masks – but with the right fruits
  • Vegetables in face masks
  • Clay mask
  • Oatmeal
  • Glycerin
  • Aspirin
  • Fresh raw egg whites
  • Coconut or almond milk
  • Finely ground coffee as an abrasive!
  • Jojoba beads

And there is that and many other little nuggets of priceless information to be had from this second video. So do check it out till the end!



So, there you have it – this we thought, was actually a treasure trove of stuff to be used. And also a handy guide to what could actually be triggering adverse reactions. For quite a few of you, it was probably that moment when you suddenly realized exactly why something you tried out once made you break out – or why a particular recipe you have bene using for a while now has not been delivering. And now that you have this information – you can get started on making your own skin care routines based on the information you have just got!