27 June 2013

From the Readers: Your Easy Nail Art Tips and Techniques, Part One

Hi everyone! A few days ago, I appealed to you as readers and followers of this blog to send me your easy nail art tips and techniques. When I first came up with the idea, I thought that I'd leave the survey up for some time - maybe a month or so - but after just a few days, you gave me more than enough content! So much that I've had to break the responses up into three blog posts so that I don't overwhelm everyone with one or two *massive* posts. 

I received so many interesting and unique ideas that I wanted to give everyone a space on this blog. Also many respondents decided to submit photos of their own work, and let me tell you, I love all the beautiful nail art everyone has done! Before I get into the responses, I want to point out that I received photos from people at all different skill levels. Some have been photographing their nail art for quite some time, others are very new, so please be supportive of everyone regardless of skill level, please and thanks. :)

Note: the links to the original blog post are in the caption of each photo. Make sure to check out these awesome bloggers and Instagramers!

What is nail art?

I think this question is a good place to start. Anything beyond a straightforward manicure can be considered nail art. So by definition nail art doesn't have to be something complicated. 

Christa at Possibly Polished (blog) pointed this out with her response: "A lot of my readers always ask for "easy nail art tips and tutorials", but I always wonder: What does "nail art" mean to you? I did this Tips on Tuesday post because I want my readers to know that nail art doesn't have to have fancy tools or a steady hand, nail art can simply be as pretty as a glitter accent nail and it looks so cute and fun! And it is quick and easy!"

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How much will it cost?

Nail art doesn't have to cost a lot, and it's possible to get away with minimal tools. But many who are new to nail art may think that they need lots of fancy, specialized tools. 

That's why I loved Novita's response, she blogs at Colors Frenzy (blog) and she gave a list of suggestions organized by cost: "All of these are what I think can be considered as quick and (moderately) easy nail art: (1) Nail art with minimal tool: dotticure, saran wrap. You don't need to own dotting tool to do this, good for beginner who doesn't want to invest in any nail art tool yet. (2) Cheap budget nail art: gradient, tape mani. All you need are just make up sponge (which most ladies probably already have) and striping tape. (3) Medium budget: stamping."

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I really love this two colour gradient that she did. Once you try them a few times, gradients can be very easy!

Dots, dots, dots!

Many of you suggested dotticures as an easy nail art technique. I couldn't agree more. The interesting thing was that everyone had their own unique take on the dot manicure!

Brijit of Brijit's Digits (blog) - I love that name! - responded: "Dotticures! Anyone can do them, and they're easy to do with your non-dominant hand, too, especially if you do a bit of a random placement :) Don't be tempted to pay for a super expensive dotting tool from a make-up brand - you can get very cheap unbranded ones, or even use a toothpick or the end of a bobby pin."

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I tend to gravitate towards gradient type designs when it comes to dots, so I really like how she did this one.

Linalinux (Instagram) has a really unique take on dotticures. She has done a number of designs that look advanced, but are not too difficult for someone who has done a few dot manicures before.

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Paulina of Paulina's Passions (blog) responded: "If I need a quick fix I usually got for simple dotticures or glitter gradients. If I have a bit more time, I usually do some floral :)"

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I really love this dot manicure. It's a bit more intricate, but would be easy for someone who already has some experience with a dotting tool.

Ro from It's Just a HOBBY! (blog) also had a similar response: "Dotticures are always the fastest/easiest nail art. When I'm in a hurry, dots are my go-to tools."

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Again, I really love her own unique take on the dot manicure, and I especially love the layering of orange and blue dots.

Sandwich anyone?

Despite the fact that I've bought several jelly polishes for the specific purpose of doing a jelly sandwich, I have yet to try the technique. A jelly sandwich is basically when you layer a glitter polish (or stamping, or dots) between layers of sheer or jelly finish polish.

Amy at McPolish (Instagram) explained: "My favorite easy, go-to nail art is the "jelly sandwich". It may not be super artistic, but if I am at a loss of ideas for nail art, this ones is easy and looks more interesting than just putting glitter polish over a base coat. You do need jelly or sheer polish to make it work, but you can use any glitter you want. I have even used the jelly sandwich technique over stamping or dotting to give more depth. The basic formula is to paint your nails with alternating layers of jelly and glitter polish until you are happy with the color. I typically do 2 coats of jelly, 1 coat of glitter and 1 coat of jelly on top. Using a fast dry top coat with help all these layers dry more quickly."

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Edit: When this blog post was originally published I wasn't able to include Amy's photo, but thankfully she emailed me a jpeg! Thanks Amy!


Whew! That was a lot but I hope you can see why I wanted to include everyone's responses. Make sure you check out parts two and three, hopefully I'll be able to put them together this week! There's more great ideas to come! :D

Tell me: What is your go-to easy nail art technique? And what do you think of this idea of reader-generated posts? I love the idea, maybe not every month, but once every 2-3 months.


  1. Thanks for the mention ! I love this idea too, sometimes we get so caught up in super complicated manis, we forget to bring it back down to easier techniques :)

  2. Just fell in love with dotticures, this is such a good articles for beginners, thank you!
    Have a lot of inspiration food here and some more artists to atart following :-D
    Thanks again !

  3. Thanks for the mention! I haven't tried very many dotticures or jelly sandwiches but I am inspired by everyone's take on 2 easy techniques. Thanks for doing this!

  4. I think this is a great start to a series, and I love the way you've structured it. Thank you for doing this!

  5. Oh, I'm loving this series! I've been lacking in the nail art department lately so this was very inspirational! Thanks to all who submitted their ideas, the broad range of expertise is so helpful. I'm looking forward to the next post.

  6. Thanks for including me sweetie! That's so nice of you <3

  7. I love all of these! I'm keeping it in my nail email (I had to make a separate account haha) fo inspiration! Great ideas, everyone :-)

  8. Wow! Thanks for the feature :) I do love jelly sandwiches...

  9. Wooho! Thank you for the sweet words :) This is a great post, and a great idea :)

  10. This is such a great post! I love the idea behind it!

  11. Thanks for mentioning me! Great post idea! :)

  12. What a great post!!! These ladies have some really great suggestions and beautiful nails too.


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