Nail Art Kits

Nail art kit imageIf you are new to nail art buying nail art kits makes a lot of sense financially and just to save time. There are so many great pieces of nail art equipment on the market. It can be quite difficult trying to decide what you need and what is the purpose of each nail art tool. If you need help learning about the different brushes you can use, read my earlier post on how to use nail art brushes.

Beginners’ Nail Art Polish Kit

If you are a complete beginner and want to have a lot of different nail polish colors to choose from then these starter kits are ideal.

3D Nail Art

For those who love adding rhinestones and glitter to their nails, buying one of these kits is a great way to get started.

Nail Art Pens Kit

If you love making designs with nail art pens, here are some kits that you should take a look at. They are all good value and are great quality products.

Nail Art Stamping Kit

Nail art stamping kits are really good value when you are a beginner. They come with the nail stamper, scraper, different plates and sometimes with nail polishes that have been specially made for use with nail stampers. Here are some really great beginner kits that are on the market at the moment.

Once you have mastered the art of nail stamping you only need to buy new plates and extra polish as you go along. Here are some kits that sell bundles of image plates. It is generally always better value buying a few plates at a time, as they can get expensive when you purchase them individually.

Acrylic Nail Art Kit

For acrylic nail art lovers you can’t go past this kit for value, especially for those starting out. It comes with so many pieces, including colors, glitters, 3D nail art, brushes and cleaning products.

If you are going to do your own acrylic nails at home then you will need a good electric drill. It is worth not scrimping on quality when it comes to a drill as you don’t want to damage your nail bed.

Professional Nail Art Kit

If you are looking for a professional nail art kit then this Bundle Monster or Cheeky Kit could be just what you need. All of them are of salon quality and come with over 20 pieces of nail art brushes and nail art dotting tools. They come highly recommended on Amazon.

Simple Nail Art Designs for Beginners

Easy Nail Art DesignsThis post will show you a few simple nail art designs for beginners. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, especially with these tricks you can use for really easy nail art.

Some nail art basic designs can be made with a few brush strokes or dots. Keep reading for some videos of nail art designs for beginners and links to other posts with design ideas.

An example of one of these simple designs of nail art is the Newspaper Print Nails look, you don’t need to buy any extra nail art supplies to be able to make this design. I’ve written easy to follow step by step instructions at a previous post which even gives you a few variations to the nail art newspaper print look.

Here’s a youtube nail art video which shows you how to create this great look. These polka dot nail art designs are gorgeous and are so easy to attempt at home.

These dotting tool nail art designs are fun and easy to try out. With a nail art dotting tool you can go polka dot crazy and create dots in different colours, dots of different sizes. Check out the nail art tutorial on my Japanese nail art post for instructions on how to make your own cute panda nails.

Here’s another easy look you can complete with this youtube nail art designs tutorial – I love the look of plaid on the nail. Plaid is one of the easiest nail art patterns for beginners to create at home if you’re not the creative type.

One classic look that doesn’t have to be difficult to do is the French Manicure. It doesn’t have to be the as simplistic as nude nails and white tips. It can be a cute nail art design for beginners to attempt to do even if you don’t have a steady hand.

French Manicure Modern Look

You can combine it with stamping nail art to add some extra detail to it. You can even cheat at doing the tip by using a stamper (you’ll have to watch my how to video on my stamping nail art post to know what I’m talking about). Or if you prefer a square tip you can use the idea suggested in the video above by using cello tape to make it easy to paint perfect lines on your nails.

Try this French manicure modern look. Adding some zebra stripes makes it such a fun design to try out. If animal print isn’t your thing, try stamping on some images from an image plate or use nail art stickers. You can add any kind of 3D nail art which will be sure to spice it up a bit.

Don’t let your feet feel left out from all the creative fun, here’s a toenail art tutorial that’s really easy to follow or you can use these nail art patterns for short nails.

If you have some images of simple nail designs please send them in so I can share your nail arts pics with the rest of the readers on this nails art blog. I’d love to be able to share everyone’s ideas of some easy nail art designs and how to do them.

How To Do Water Marble Nails Step by Step

Nail art in waterSo for today’s post I’m going to explain how to do water marble nails step by step. These easy nail art designs are incredibly simple to do at home once you get the hang of it.

It can be a bit difficult to do at first but keep reading and watching for some good advice on how to get this cool look. And the great thing about it is, you can make use of all your cheap nail art supplies that you have lying around. As I mention later it is best to practise with your least favourite nail polishes until you nail this look!

Here is a youtube water marble nails tutorial that I found. She only uses two colours but this video is so easy to follow and has step by step instructions.

Your Water Marbling Supplies Equipment List

  • A Q-tip
  • A small bowl or cup of water – use bottled or filtered water at room temperature
  • Toothpicks or a pencil
  • Adhesive tape – if you don’t have any tape you can always use vaseline or lip balm around your nails
  • Nail polish that is quite thin/liquidy so it spreads easily in the water
  • Base and top coat
  • Serviette to clean off your toothpick
  • Nail polish remover
  • Garbage bin

Instructions for Water Marble Nails

water marblingAs always when doing your nails it is best to do it in a well ventilated area and to use some paper towels or an old towel to protect the surface of the area that you are working on. The instructions below are mainly reiterated from the youtube water marble nail art video for those who may have issues streaming it.

If this is your first time attempting these nail art in water designs it is best to start with only two or three colours and only use cheap nail polishes until you find you have the hang of it. When choosing your colours go for light and dark or contrasting colours as it will look more striking on your nail.

  • Apply your clear base coat and allow to dry.
  • Now apply the coloured base coat that you would like to show through your designs as sometimes the colours can come out slightly transparent and there’s always the risk that you won’t completely cover your nail. I think lighter colours always look good as a background colour but it depends on what look you’re going for.
  • nail polish on waterOnce your base coat has dried completely you can stick the adhesive tape around your nails, you want to get this as close to your nail bed as possible without getting it on your nails. This makes it easy to clean up your nails once you have completed your designs. I find attaching the tape in two or three pieces around your nail gives the best coverage.
  • Now to add the nail polish drops in water, do this fairly close to the water level. As mentioned earlier this works best when you use filtered or bottled water at room temperature. It is best to work quickly when adding the nail polish on water as it will give you more time to make your design.
  • You can drop as many drops as you like. I try to do anywhere from 5-10 drops  into the water, just experiment and see what works best for you.
  • Now to make your designs, take your toothpick and pull it through the design. Don’t start from the outer edge though as it tends to stick and mess up your design. What works for you will depend on how quickly you have worked in the steps leading up to this.
  • Always clean your toothpick between pulling it through your design as polish will stick to it.
  • Once you are happy with the design then place your nail into the water, I like to add my finger to the water at a 45 degree angle – I find this gives the best results.
  • Water marbling nail artWith your nail still in the water use your toothpick to clean the nail polish off the surface of the water.
  • You can remove the adhesive tape from your fingers now or carry on with your other nails.
  • Repeat until you’ve done all your nails.
  • Once completed just use a q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean off any excess nail polish from around your nails.
  • Apply a clear top coat, then sit back and marvel at your handy work!

I hope these instructions are easy for you to follow. Water marbling nail art can be a bit tricky at first but with a bit of practice the results are so worth it! If you are having issues with your marble nail art try following these tips.

LED Lamp for Nails

Gel nailsThis post is for those looking for a LED lamp for nails, scroll to the bottom of the page for some great deals we found on Amazon. Up until recently nail LED lamps have been considered very expensive and were only affordable by a salon professional. As with all new technology the price has been becoming lower and lower with time and it is now very possible to get some amazing deals online.

 UV vs LED Nail Lamp Debate

If you are unsure whether to buy a LED or UV nail lamp here are some pointers about both sets. There is no such thing as a best nail dryer – it just depends on what suits your circumstances better.

LED Lamps

  • Initial outlay is high but the price is dropping as these become more popular and are no longer thought of as only professional nail dryers.
  • Unnecessary to buy new bulbs as most LED UV bulbs last for up to 50,000 hours.
  • LED lamp nails products are becoming more popular as different nail suppliers release new nail polishes suitable for use with LED technology.
  • Reduced energy costs as less time taken to dry your nails.
  • LED light nails will cure in almost half the time taken to use a UV nail lamp.

UV Lamps

  • Work with most nail polishes currently being sold in the nail art market.
  • It is very easy to find a cheap UV nail lamp for home or salon use. There are great deals to be found on Amazon.
  • There are currently more options for UV lamps and UV curing nail polishes. You can purchase UV nail kits that come complete with everything you need.
  • If you want to read more about good quality UV Lamps, check out my earlier post.

With both UV and LED lamps it is possible to get some sun damage on your hands so it is always best to cover up with a high factor sunscreen or buy a pair of anti-UV gloves.

I’ve had a look over at Amazon and found some really good examples of different nail curing lamps.

If you are looking for a gel nail LED lamp that is considered one of the best. Then you should consider the OPI nail dryer as shown above, which has LED UV light for nails it also works well on Gelish polishes too. This LED gel nail lamp has;

  • Hand sensor activated
  • Built in timer
  • 1 year guarantee
  • Works with regular nail polishes

If you love Shellac then the CND nail dryer could be a good choice, shellac only cures with UV light so don’t even bother looking at a LED nail lamp for sale. This lamp has;

  • 4 pre-set times in the programmable timer
  • Large enough to cure pedicures
  • Interior fan
  • Warning light for when to change bulbs

The Thermal Spa nail dryer is always a good choice as it is a brand known for quality nail lamps and you can get them at a really good price on Amazon if you look at the right time. Thermal Spa do both UV and LED lamps for gel nails.

Here are two Thermal Spa nail dryers, both are high quality products that come with 1 year guarantees, programmable timers and  they can be used with pedicures.

If you are looking for UV lamps for gel nails don’t make the mistake of buying a Conair nail dryer. They produce mainly fan based drying systems, most of which are battery operated and very slow. My friend bought one and she has been very unimpressed with it, so it might be worth steering clear of these ones. The reviews of these on Amazon don’t look too promising either.

funky nail art

I am sure with time that more nail polishes will come on to the market that are compatible with LED lamps. I really enjoy using a LED lamp as it saves a lot of time. A manicure that would take over an hour can now be completed in 30 minutes!! My only complaint with them is that I wish that you could cure Shellac with LED lights.

If you’re in love with your nail dryer and want the rest of the readers to know about it, share it in the comments or email me and I’ll include it in this list.

Below, I’ve listed some more reasonably priced LED lamps that are worth taking a look at. Having a nail curing lamp is quickly becoming an essential part of a lot of people’s nail art supplies kit.