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Simple and Easy DIY Nail Art Designs Tutorial: Pearlescent Pink Nails with White Swirls, Dots, and Rhinestones

Updated on May 13, 2012

A Feminine Nail Art Design

This is by far one of the most feminine nail polish ideas I've ever worked on, and it's so simple to do that even a beginner could get a fairly successful result with a little practice. This design uses a light pink pearlescent nail polish and a white nail polish, along with striper brush, dotting tools and clear rhinestones. The end result is stunning, especially if you consider how easy this design really is. This is a perfect design for a bride, for example, or for someone who prefers simple elegance instead of eye-catching colors or bold DIY nail art designs. This design was listed in my pink nail ideas for beginners hub.

Step 1

I started by painting the entire nail using a light pink pearlescent nail polish. I used two coats to give good coverage. You should always prepare the nails properly and push back your cuticles before you apply a base coat. Once that's dry, apply the pink base color for this design. The extra steps are well worth it because the design will last so much longer.

Step 2

Next, I added the whirls using white nail polish and a striper brush from my nail art brush set. If you use a white nail art striper, the lines and dots will be far more visible, because these products generally contain a lot more pigment than actual nail polish. If you want the result to be subtle, use white nail polish and apply it with a striper brush.

Step 3

Now create a line of dots starting with the biggest dotting tool and working your way towards the smallest one as you near the edge of the nail. I used white nail polish for this again.

Step 4

Last, I applied a little clear nail polish to the corner of the nail and glued on a clear rhinestone. Once that's done, let the design dry and then apply a top coat of your choice to seal in the design.

This is just one of the easy nail polish ideas for beginners that I've played around with, and I love the fact that the white is somewhat translucent. It just adds visual interest to the design and gives it a far 'softer' and more feminine look than if I chose to use acrylics or nail art liners. This design is a must try if you're into soft and feminine colors or more subtle DIY nail art designs. You'll still turn heads,though, so be prepared for a barrage of compliments whenever someone sees your nails.


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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there Emma. I'd suggest you get the products and do this design yourself as well. It's so much cheaper than a salon manicure. Just be sure to get the polishes etc ahead of time so you have enough time to practice. This design is lots of fun to do, so you should have a good time practicing. What's even better is that if you do your own nails, this design is still easy enough to do on your right hand as well. (The more intricate the designs the harder they are to do on the right hand, unless you're left handed.)

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Oh wow, it's actually quite simple to do yet so effective.

      I want nails like this for my wedding. Was going to get them professionally done, but it would be so much cheaper to do them myself - and fun too!