Cute French Manicure Designs

Since my previous post on how to French Manicure at home I’ve had a lot of requests for more cute French manicure designs. This post will be partly a French manicure gallery full of different French manicure images and go into the different types of French manicure.

If you are looking for French manicure steps, you can find them at my previous post showing you how to do French nails at home.

Some people are put off by completing the French nails look as they think it requires a super steady hand but that isn’t entirely true. There are ways you can cheat by using French manicure stickers or French manicure tape. Check out the youtube French manicure with tape tutorial below on how you can achieve this look with everyday adhesive tape.

I think a French manicure for short nails looks amazing. It is super classy and easy to do. You can use the tips in the youtube tutorial above or you can buy French tip stickers.

Another great look for any length of nails is the black on black French manicure which I have written about earlier. The great thing about this design is you can do it with any coloured French manicure, it looks amazing with different shades of blue French manicure.

Some people might find the French manicure a bit plain but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some great pictures of French manicures that look stunning but they’re not too hard to achieve at home.

funky-french nails

I really like the upside down French manicure.

upside down French nails image

Here’s a funky French manicure with design elements.

funky french nails image

The sky really is the limit with French manicures. You can make a very subtle design or go for something a little edgy. Let your imagination lead you – now go grab some nail polish and start designing!


How to Dry Nails Fast

fast drying nails imageWho has time to sit around after doing a manicure for your nails to dry. No one wants to risk smudging their nails and ruining all their hard work.

It is no wonder I receive many questions from readers wanting to know how to dry nails fast, so this post is dedicated to all those questions.

One of the easiest ways to dry nails quickly is with a nail dryer. You can choose between either a UV or LED nail dryer, they both have their benefits as mentioned in my previous posts.

If you don’t have the money to fork out for a nail dryer than you might prefer some of the cheaper options outlined below.

How to Dry Nails Fast at Home

Fast Dry Nail Spray

Nail drying spray helps dry your nails faster, generally within minutes. Here are my top picks based on reliability and price range.

Drying Nails Fast with Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

A fast drying top coat saves you time and can leave you with shiny, glossy looking nails. Who has a spare hour to let their nails dry anyway. Here are my favourites.


Methods for Drying Nail Polish Quickly and for Free

Here are some tried and true methods for drying nails faster at home.

Using Cooking Spray to Dry Nails

IMG_0497Sounds absurd, but cooking spray really does work!

Once you have applied your top coat, start spraying cooking spray on to your nails. Allow the oil to stay on the nails for 1-2 minutes before washing it off with water.

An added bonus with this is that it will make the skin around your nails softer as well. 🙂


Freeze Your Nails

If you are in a hurry to get your nails dry then pop your hands in the freezer for a few minutes and wallah! Dry nails! It isn’t the most economical or environmentally friendly option but it works well.

Use a Blow Dryer for Drying Nails Faster

Blow dry your nails dry fast imageThis works only when you set your blow dryer to the coolest setting it has. Always try this out with the lowest power setting first!

The time it takes for your nails to dry will differ depending on the blow dryer you’re using and the power settings.

If you try to do this with a warm or hot setting it will stop your polish from drying.

Also, don’t put your nails too close to the blow dryer or you’ll develop bubbles in your nails. 😛

Use an Air Duster

Use an electronic air duster or one of those keyboard dusters that spray out air to dry your nails. It works a treat!

Drying Nails in Cold Water

dry nails in cold water image

The old trick of plunging your painted nails into a bowl of ice cold water does work but it isn’t the best method.

Allow your nails to dry naturally for a couple of minutes and then submerge your nails in icy cold water for 2-3 minutes. Keep your hands still as moving them around can cause strange ripples in your nail polish.

Use Thinner Coats of Nail Polish

Sounds so obvious when you think about it. If you use thinner coats, it will take less time to dry.

More Tips on How to Dry Nails Faster

  • Older nail polish will take longer to dry.
  • With all of these methods it is best to set up your drying method before you start your manicure otherwise you run the risk of ruining your nails.

If you’re still not happy with the time it takes for your nails to dry then you should consider investing in either a UV or LED lamp to dry your nails. This will really come in handy and is an essential item in your nail kit if you are considering using gels, acrylics or shellac.

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.