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Life-changing hacks for nails
November 26, 2017, 3:07 pm

One of the best things about nail art is the many ways you can experiment with different looks and designs. However, the process is often difficult to master and many women make a lot of mistakes. With these pro secrets, you will be able to create salon-worthy nail art at home.

Use a white nail polish as your basecoat to make your nail color pop: Unless your polish is super opaque, the natural tint of your fingers will change the color of your polish. To get the paint's true color, add a layer of white nail polish first, and then go over it with your colored polish.

Use a plastic sandwich bag for amazing nail art designs:  Paint your nail art designs on a plastic sandwich bag first, peel them off, and seal them on your nails with nail art glue or a clear topcoat for easy application. This is a good hack particularly if painting designs on your dominant hand is too difficult.

Use paper hole reinforcement stickers as a guide for painting a half-moon manicure: Place the paper hole reinforcement stickers along the base of your nail, and seal it into place with a bobby pin or a nail art dotter tool. Paint your first coat on each nail along the stickers. Then one nail at a time, paint a second coat of paint, let it dry for a minute, and carefully remove the sticker.

Give your nails two-tone designs with tape: After you've chosen two different polishes, paint one coat of the lighter polish on each nail, and seal it with a clear topcoat. After it is completely dry, apply two strips of tape over the tips of your nails so that they cross in the middle and create a point. Take the darker of the polishes, and paint a layer over the entire nail and on top of the tape. Let it dry for a minute, and then grab both ends of the tape and slowly peel them back at the same time for the finished look.

Use the tip of a pencil eyeliner to place tiny nail art accessories like rhinestones on your nails: When your fingers or tweezers are too big to grab and place tiny jewels, use the tip of an eyeliner or lip pencil instead. The end of a pencil is tacky enough to grip the jewel from above and won't get in the way of your design.

Mix loose pigments with clear polish to make a custom nail shade: Pour a little bit of eyeshadow pigment into a spoon, and then add a little bit of clear polish to it. Mix it all together with a cotton swab, grab a brush, and try out your new color.

Make your nail polish dry faster by soaking your nails in ice water after painting them: Fill a bowl with ice and water, and soak your nails for a few minutes after painting them. The cold water will set the paint and help your nails dry faster.


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