Nail Art Design Ideas: Fun DIY Manicure Tutorials and Videos
Nail art is a fun and fabulous trend on the beauty scene today. A unique manicure is the perfect way to show off your personality and style, and thanks to the following instructional tutorials, it's easy to learn the tips and tricks that can help you create your own nail art designs without even having to set foot in a salon!
I've been experimenting with my own creative designs lately and have posted a few DIY nail art tutorials on my blog that will show you tricks for painting stars, stripes, a chevron pattern, and a funky grunge pattern. (Visit my blog here to see all these nail art tutorials now, or bookmark for later!)
The videos below will also show you step-by-step how you can achieve a braided pattern, the water marbling technique, lovely ombré gradient nails, the newsprint look, and introduce you to a fantastic tool you can use to stamp a variety of intricate patterns directly on your nails.
Braided Pattern Nail Art Manicure video tutorial
Braided Pattern Nail Art
This is a trendy multi-layered look with overlapping diagonal stripes of color. Choose three contrasting colors to create your own fun color palette. CutePolish recommends using a metallic, a neon, and a pearlescent color for maximum effect; watch her video to the right to see the technique in action and find out just how easy it is to create this woven look nail art!
I'd like to try this design using a Peacock inspired color palette: gold, bright turquoise blue, and a pearlescent teal. What will you try?
Peacock Color Palette Nail Polish for Braided Manicure
Braided Manicure Nail Polish Palette (as shown in video)
Nail Stamping Technique with the Konad Nail Stamping Kit
Intricate nail art designs can easily be achieved by using a really exciting tool that I discovered through this video. There are other brands available, but the one I keep hearing people talking about over and over is this Konad Nail Stamping Kit, and I have just ordered one of my own from Amazon!
I have gathered from what I've read that it's important to use the special stamping nail polish for the patterns, otherwise your designs may bleed and ruin the look. It is also essential - as with all nail art designs and manicures - to be sure to finish off with a good top coat to seal and protect all your hard work and make it last!
Konad stamping supplies are sold individually, but the Starter Kit is a great deal. It includes a stamper, a scraper, 4 image plates for a total of 28 designs, 3 special stamping nail polishes, and an instruction booklet. Watch the video below to see an excellent demonstration of how the Konad Nail Stamping Kit works.
I have always wondered how people could possibly get all those tiny details the same on every single nail...well, mystery solved, I guess!
Zebra Nail Art Manicure tutorial with Konad Stamping Kit
Konad Nail Art Tools and Supplies on Amazon
Newspaper Nail Art Manicure video tutorial
Newspaper Print Transfer Nail Art Manicure
This technique looks a whole lot simpler than you might think! Cut small pieces of newspaper, dip your painted nail in rubbing alcohol, press newspaper to the wet surface of the nail and remove. Finish with a clear coat and that's it!
Another great video tutorial by CutePolish (at right) will show you how easy it is to do your own newspaper print nail art manicure!
This technique can be applied over almost any color of base coat. Try hot pink, turquoise, or yellow for a brightly colored manicure, or nude, white, or clear for a more subtle look. You can also use the same method to apply images from the newspaper - from the comic strips, for example!
Ombre / Gradient Nails Manicure video tutorial
Ombre Nail Art Manicure video tutorial
Ombré is a huge trend in fashion today. The word means 'shaded' and refers to a gradient of dark to light of the same color or even a soft transition between different colors. You see it in clothing and accessories, hair color, and certainly nail polish.
This video tutorial shows the trick for getting that shaded look and can be used with any colors you want. I really love this mixture of blues transitioning from dark blue to a light aqua, like the colors of the sea!
Water Marble Nail Art Manicure video tutorial
Water Marbling Nail Art Technique
Water marbling is a really cool technique for all kinds of artistic applications, and while slightly more complicated than most DIY manicures, I imagine it becomes easier with practice (as most things do). One of my favorite things about this nail art technique is that no two nails will be exactly alike; and each and every one of your fingers can have its very own unique, one-of-a-kind work of art!
As with the rest of these nail art tutorials, once you learn the technique you can play around with it and experiment with an unlimited number of color combinations and ways to implement the element into your manicures.
For example, some fun things to try might be just marbling the nail tips for long nails, or taping off diagonal sections of the nail before dipping to create an even more interesting pattern. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to try some of them!
Multicolored Dot Nail Art Manicure video tutorial
- Olympics Inspired Nail Art Manicure Tutorials: London Olympics 2012
As the 2012 Summer Olympics are finally underway, a lot of people are showing their excitement with Olympics Inspired Nail Art! These 8 video tutorials will show you how to do your own Olympic themed nail art manicure!
- 12 Hunger Games Inspired Nail Art Designs (Video Tutorials)
Nail Art is a huge trend in beauty and fashion right now, and The Hunger Games Trilogy is pretty hot on the scene itself. This is a collection of 12 Hunger Games Inspired nail art manicure video tutorials; a fun way to combine two awesome things!
Which one will you try first?
Thanks so much for reading! Do you have a favorite from all these nail art designs? I'd love to hear it, and what colors you would use or how you would modify it to make it your own!