There’s something about spring that just makes me want to polish my nails, but I get tired of my polish options quickly - a girl can (and probably should!) only own so many shades. Today, we’re going to talk about super fun, easy ways to play with your nail polishes, level up your mani game and create pretty nails without buying lots of supplies! Are you ready to get started?
Double Top Coat
Extend the life of your mani, add tons of extra shine and make your basic polish look like gel by doing not one but two coats of top coat. Simply give your nails a few minutes to dry after you complete top coat #1, then do it again!
Pour a little polish onto a plate or paint palette, then slooowly sprinkle in fine glitter until you are happy. Remember you can always add more glitter, but you can never remove it. There are tons of ways to make it your own - add a little glitter or a lot, use tiny glitter, chunkier glitter or a bit of both, use clear glitter, white glitter or colorful glitter - it’s all up to you! Then, use your DIY glitter polish like you would any other polish!
Polish your nails however you want, then use a Q-Tip to add darker (or lighter) polka dots over the top. I’ve seen ideas like one huge white dot in the center of a nail to tiny, multicolored dots having a party on nails that are polished solid white. Keep it simple or throw a dot party!
For the adventurous-at-heart, I give you the concept of mixing nail polish shades. Choose two polishes that you think would look great together, add a little of each to a plate or palette, stir them up and ~voila~ new polish color! To start, I’d recommend mixing a bit of darker pinks, purples, reds, greens and blues with white or cream to make a lighter shade. Eventually, you might try your hand at creating teal, magenta, etc! Of course, it’s all dependent on the polishes you have at home (and how brave you are!).
While this isn’t exactly a polishing tip, it will make your next mani look a little different from the one before it for free. Try to shape your nails differently or make them a different length than normal. If you typically have short, rounded nails, turn them into longer (but not weapon-like long) oval nails, or vice versa. You can find lots of different nail shape ideas online that will add a little pizazz to your polishing.
I hope you enjoy these tips and the sunny weather! Which technique will you try first?