The Engaged Girl’s Guide To Nail Art
Think about it: The moment you get engaged, everyone wants to see the ring. That also means everyone is looking at your nails, which gives you the perfect excuse to rock amazing nail art. (Like our logic?) To get a style that’s playful and different (but not scary different), drop in a gem and pearl, sprinkle on flocking powder or experiment with a pretty pattern. Here, a few of our new favorite nail art ideas (and how to pull them off)!
Pink FlockingTexture is trendy and different, but not over-the-top. All you have to do here is paint a base coat, and then dust flocking powder (like from the craft store) immediately over the top of wet nails. Zoya also makes a line of polish that'll give you the same look!
Glitter GradientGlitter gradients are super easy: just brush glitter polish over the top third of your nail, let dry, and then paint another coat of glitter over the top sixth of your nail and let dry. Glitter perfection!
Neon OutlinePaint a full base coat of the outline color, then fill in the center with a neutral and clean up the lines with the edge of your polish brush.
Something Blue Heart ArtAll you need to make a heart on your nail is a toothpick and polish! Follow this tutorial from The Beauty Department to learn how.
Turquoise & Silver StripesUse metallic striping tape to divide your nails into sections and then switch between a couple shades of the same color, using white as a base.
Triangle TipsStick with a clear base coat and let dry. Next, criss-cross tape over the tips of nails and brush on any bright color polish.
Gold Flake on Nude PolishBrush on a gold flake top coat (you can find it at Sephora.com and other beauty supply stores) over a neutral nail color for a subtle sparkly effect.
Dainty Lace on PinkPick a muted pink base coat, then ask your nail artist to paint on the intricate white detail.
White with Black Pointed TipsInstead of a straight-up French manicure, tape off the tops of your nails to a slight point. Paint black inside the taped triangle and over the white base coat.
Red and Gold French ManicurePaint a few coats of a bright base color, let dry, and then brush metallic gold along the tips.
Stippled Black and NudeAfter applying a nude base coat, use a dotting tool, bobby pin, or even a toothpick to create dots.
Gem Art on Neutral NailsAdd sparkle to a netural base coat with gems! Place nail art gems with tweezers on top of wet polish.
Bronze, Gold and Silver GradientPaint a silver base coat, then use a small sponge to blend in a gold and finally bronze coat. Here's how to make a gradient with a sponge.
Coral and Black Color BlockingUse the thin brush of a nail art polish to create a black strip against a coral base coat.
Wispy Feather DesignNail stamps (yep, you read that right) make it possible for the not-so-artistically inclined to create their own nail art. Watch this video tutorial on how use one!
Black Dots and StripeThis is one for the pros! Ask your manicurist to mix and match shiny neutral base colors with black designs.
Blue Tips with GlitterOver a light pink base coat, tape dry nails and brush on glitter from tape to tips. Let dry, then tape again and paint bright blue tips.
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