Spring is a great time to reinvent our style. The warm weather means you don’t have to be bundled up in boring, practical clothes anymore and are free to strut your stuff. Think about adding DIY nail art to your spring style. It’s a lot of fun, and is sure to bring you lots of compliments. Whether you’re an advanced nail-doer or a beginner, here are some trendy looks for you to try. You’ll need to stock up on some new colors and tools. When you do, be sure to use our Kolhs promo codes and eBay coupons, so you can stock up without a care in the world.
Inverted French Manicure
A typical French manicure features a neutral nail bed, often painted with a clear top-coat, and white-colored tips. But now you can turn tradition on its head and do an inverted French, where the nail bed is darker than the tips.
First, pick two colors that complement each other. We recommend using a steely grey like Essie’s Chinchilly ($8.50 at Kohls) for the base and a neon like the Balm Hot Ticket’s Coral Reef-ined ($10 at Kohls) for a surprising contrast that is massively on trend. Next, choose where to put each color and how to paint your nails. Some like to do a half-moon shape on the nail bed near the cuticle, while others like to add the accent on the tips. Either way you choose, paint the nail bed first and let dry thoroughly.
The next step depends on which style you choose. If you choose the half moon shape, cover the top of your nail with a low-adhesive tape in a half-moon shape so that it leaves exposed the bottom half of your nail. Paint the exposed area with your second color. It usually takes a few coats to make it opaque and distinct from the color underneath. Repeat the process for each nail. If you choose to do the tips, use the tape to cover all but the tip of your nail, then paint, once again painting multiple coats.
Feel free to experiment with different color combinations. Just make sure they match! Kohls carries Essie’s and Hot Ticket’s full line of colors, so why limit yourself to only a few shades? Before you pay, input our Kohls promo codes so you can get a good deal on your brand-new nail polish horde.
Spray Paint Nails
There’s nothing traditional about spray paint nails. This look is 100% edgy fun. The trick is to make the nail polish look like dripping dots of graffiti. DIY nail art like this is a lot of fun because you can improvise and choose whatever colors you want.
The only tool you need are a few small nail art brushes ($0.99 on eBay). Start by painting your nails with a shiny base coat – Seche Vite’s shiny formula ($8.95 on eBay) is the best on the market. Steer away from matte colors, because the shinier your nails are, the more they look like wet spots of paint. The next step is to simply paint the dots! For each dot, apply a small dollop of paint with the polish brush, then use the nail art brush to spread it out so it looks like it’s dripping. Do this as many times as you want, in whatever configuration you want. Just be sure that if you overlap dots, you wait for the bottom coat to dry. And use a different brush for each color.
Though this look takes a little more equipment than your standard bottle of nail polish, the look is well worth it. And a good top coat and nail brushes are surprisingly versatile. With them, you can branch into even more daring nail looks. Ebay carries nail supplies at a huge discount. But with our eBay coupon codes , these tools are a steal.
You’ll knock it out of the park with these nails that look like they’re from space. Though they look very complicated, they’re actually quite simple.
The key to galaxy nails is layering, layering, layering. Start out by choosing some spacey colors. For the base coat, you’ll want a very dark blue that almost looks black, like Essie’s Over the Edge ($8.50 at Kohls). For the next layer, you want to choose a sparkly glitter, which mimics twinkling stars, like Essie’s Sparkle on Top ($8.50 at Kohls). The next few layers make up the swirling, multicolored galaxy. Greens, light purples, pinks, and white are all colors seen in space. A nail set like this Simple Pleasures Butterfly Kit ($8 at Kohls) would be ideal. And, of course, you’ll need a combo top/base coat to keep it all together – Essie’s 3-in-1 Glaze is a popular option ($10 at Kohls).
After applying the base coat, paint a thick layer of the dark blue. After it dries, paint a thin layer of glitter on top, so that there are just a few sparkles. Next, take a make-up sponge and cut it into small pieces. Dip one piece into one of your galaxy colors, and gently dab it on your nail in a very thin layer. Wait for it to dry completely, then repeat the process with your two other galaxy colors. Layer them in such a way that they overlap and spread away from each other, so it looks like a floating, swirling cloud. Finish your work with a top coat, or more glitter for even more stars.
This look is perfect for the more advanced home nail artist. Though not very complicated, it takes a lot of precision and colors. Luckily, our Kohls promo codes allow you to get everything you need without breaking the bank.
Though most of these looks are pretty easy, this one is ideal for DIY nail art novices. All it entails is painting your nails different colors! Painting one “accent nail” a different color from all the rest is super trendy, but you’re free to choose your own way. Whatever you do, this look is unique and fun without being over the top.
Welcome in spring by choosing a number of pastel shades. Pastels like China Glaze’s For Audrey ($4.95 on eBay), Essie’s Chastity ($5.25 on eBay) and OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape ($15.99 on eBay) are all perfect for spring. Next, paint each nail the desired color. Pastels can often be quite sheer, so be sure to put on enough layers to let the color come through. Once you’re done with all your nails, apply a clear top coat, and you’re done! From here, some like to add crystals or charms to add some more personality.
If you buy a nail charm set ($2.99 on eBay), you can choose between bows, stars, and butterflies. Apply a small dot of nail glue ($1.12 on eBay) to the charm, and wait for 10 seconds. Glue that is slightly dry does a better job of sticking. Next, using needle-nosed tweezers, gently place the object on your nail. Hold in place for 30 seconds, then paint over with top coat. You can make this look as simple or as complicated as you want. Whatever you do, use our eBay coupon codes to save on your nail supplies.
DIY nail art is popular among women because it’s a fun way to express yourself without spending a lot of money. Though you can’t change your wardrobe that much, you can change your nails whenever you like. Take these tutorials as guidelines, and invent a style that works best for you. But be warned: It’s addicting! Luckily, our eBay coupon codes and Kohls promo codes are here to keep your new habit in check.