manicure basics

Making a Manicure Anything but Basic

There’s something to be said for a pretty, neatly painted French manicure. But there is also something to be said for showing up at a pool party with tiny little watermelons popping at the tips of your fingers. And what that something is – is fun! It’s about to be Summer so why not change it up and give your nails a hot new look that gives onlookers something cool to look at? Check out some of our ideas for making your manicure anything but basic this season!

  • Flora and fauna – Paying homage to nature with a pretty floral design or a dainty butterfly is literally like having art work at your fingertips. For a delicate flower look, you can simply paint your favorite blossom using a stencil or to really get in touch with nature, press the tiniest bloom under parchment paper using a brick or heavy book to flatten it as much as possible before adhering them to your nail and glazing them with a clear coat of acrylic polish.
  • Summer swirls – Pick two shades of color that are completely different and apply one coat of the lighter one first. Next, apply a second, thicker coat and before it is dry, drop tiny dots of the darker shade on your nail using a dotter tool or if you don’t have one of these, a toothpick will work to gently swirl the color in different directions, creating a marbled effect.
  • Bring on the bubbly – We don’t mean champagne but this bubbly pattern of layered dots certainly is just as festive as a bottle of bubbly! You can choose a clear or colored base coat and drop tiny dots in layers that partially overlap in areas to create the illusion of bubbles! For added glitz, sprinkle random dots with your favorite glitter.
  • Don’t forget the basics – Whimsical designs notwithstanding, don’t neglect the basic essentials of a good manicure. Start with a deep cleaning and exfoliate the skin. Soak the cuticles in a hot oil treatment to make it easier to trim and shape cuticles. And after your nails are painted and completely dry, rub a good quality moisturizing lotion on your hands. If you’re getting your manicure at your favorite nail salon, try a paraffin dip for your hands to soften skin and restore elasticity. And it just feels great!

So this summer, have a little fun making a statement with your manicure and be yourself! The art of creating beautiful nails is indeed an art and the beauty industry has opportunities for the budding artists interested in making other people’s nails shine! To learn more about the beauty industry and training programs in nail technology, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools in your area. It’s a great time to explore the artist in you!