Stripes, checkers, polka dots, animal prints — you name it! Consider using a pattern to create nail art that won't go unnoticed. While you can have nail art done at a salon, you can also easily create a one-of-a-kind pattern on your own. All you need is nail polish, several nail pens in different shades and a clear top coat. Simply paint your nails with one to two coats of polish, then draw a design on each nail with a nail pen and seal your design with a clear top coat.
Coloring nails has been around for thousands of years. In China, woman used egg whites, bees wax and arabic gum to color their nails as early as 3000 B.C. During the Cleopatra era in Egypt, some women used blood or henna to color their nails. Nail lacquer and nail enamel weren’t invented until the early 1900s, and they’ve remained popular ever since. In the 20th and 21st centuries, women have used creative techniques to color their nails, including everything from creating nail art to choosing bold colors.
Chrome & Metallic
Seen on runway models sporting the designs of clothing labels such as Camilla, Nahm, Norman Ambrose and Diego Binetti, chrome and metallic nail polish definitely commands attention. Use a gold or silver-toned chrome polish to match your jewelry and add a metal-like effect to your nails, or use a nail pen in a chrome tone to simply color the tips of your nails in a French manicure style.
If you can't decide on a nail color, consider painting every nail a different color. At the 2012 London Fashion Week, models wearing the Erickson Beamon clothing line had nails decorated in a variety of fluorescent colors. Models wearing the Jad Ghandour clothing line had a mix of single-colored and patterned nails. If you want to make a statement, consider using a variety of colors like these models, or use a nail pen to paint each nail half of one color and half of another color.
For a soft look, stick with simple nude tones. There are a plethora of nail polish brands that offer colors in ivories, whites, dull pinks and tans. You can even use a clear polish to give your nails shine and strength without adding color. Nude-colored nails are also sometimes referred to as "naked nails."
During the autumn and winter seasons, dark colors will make your nails stand out. You can also use dark polishes during Halloween to add to a gothic-style costume. Try colors in deep navy blues, blacks and deep purples.
Consider a tie-dye nail effect with water marbling. To complete the look, simply paint your nails with a white nail polish. Then choose three or four different colors of nail polish and add a drop of each color of nail polish to a cup of warm water. Repeat the drops until you have four or five drops of each color. Tape around your fingernails with scotch tape to cover your skin. Then use a toothpick to create a pattern in the water, gently dip each finger into the mixture and let it dry.
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