3.12.2015

3 Easy Nail Art Hacks

I strive to keep my tutorials on this blog for beginners, or as easy as possible. But when I do the occasional nail art on here, I still get comments that it looks too difficult.

But psst! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve and I'm sharing my best and easiest nail art hacks! You've GOT to try these!




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Dental Flossers
  • Don't have a tiny nail art brush or a steady hand? Pour a little polish onto a paper plate or cardboard, and dip the flosser in. Press on nails to make lines.
  • TIP: Don't use the kid or mint versions.
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Plastic Zippered Sandwich Bags

  • Some background: I started doing this one as a kid. My Grandmother used to have a locally-sold cosmetics line and I always had my nails painted with her polishes. I actually used to do this tip on my Trapper Keeper (80s kid!) but have since used the bags.
  • Get a piece of plastic or a thick plastic sandwich bag and place your nail art design underneath it. Then, use your polish to trace and fill in the design you want. Allow to dry, peel, and glue to nail. You can also apply to a freshly polished nail, but the glue holds longer.
  • See this tip in action on my Shamrock Shake Nails post.

Sharpie Markers or Paint Pens
  • Painting is hard, but doodling is easy! Use Sharpie markers or paint pens to draw your designs. While I love my colors, I adore using metallic ones too.
  • See this tip in action on my Back to School Spirit Nails and my Zodiac Nails.
Bonus Tip: Use fake nails to do nail art before applying to nails. See tip in action here with my Sprinkles Nails.


Extra Elle:
  • I got to spend time playing with my 2 nieces and 2 nephews (15 months, 4 weeks, 5 years and 6 years). It was my first time meeting my youngest niece, who will be 1 month tomorrow. Of course it was loud and chaotic, but it did my heart good!
  • Thank you for your comments on this post. I appreciate your love, prayers, and support.

43 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I really like the idea of using the dental flossers, the ones I use have a straighter, sharper tip then the one pictured that I think would be even better! Thanks!

    Danielle
    http://beautyandbourbon.co

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  2. I never thought about using fake nails to practice and/or test nail art. I like that idea.

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  3. I am the worsttttt at nail art so I need all the help I can get. I would have never thought of using any of these!

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  4. These are all great tips. I'd love to do more nail art but I'm not very good at it. I'll try some these thenext time I give it a whirl.

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  5. These are all fantastic tips that I would have never thought of - I especially love the dental flosser idea!

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  6. great hacks! i love the dental floss one. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  7. I have some flossers at home that I want to use that little trick with! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  8. What fun tips! I am so bad at this naturally, so it's nice to have easy tips!

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  9. These are all great ideas! I also like to use the end of bobby pins to make polka dots. Works great! I'm going to have to try the flosser and sharpie!

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  10. Loving these nail hacks!!! I have some nail tools but you are right...it is really hard to hold a steady hand when using them. I need to get my life together and get to painting more often and being a little creative with it.

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  11. Thinking of you and glad you're spending time with little ones. Love these hacks, especially that dental flosser one (although I probably would have used the kid version if you hadn't warned against it).

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  12. Great advice! I love the idea of using dental flossers to make lines.

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  13. oh i never thought of using the dental flossers before!

    xx
    smudged-fingerprints.blogspot.com

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  14. That dental floss tip is awesome! Thanks for sharing all these hacks with us, Elle:) And hope the whole family is doing ok.

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  15. Love the idea of the dental flossers, my lines always tend to come out crooked so this would help. Kids always help bring smiles, glad it is helping.

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  16. These hacks are great! Glad to hear you're spending time with your family. Hope you're all well and working towards healing.

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  17. Great tips! The dental floss thing is brilliant! I would have never thought of that.

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  18. These tips are so genius! I never thought to use a flosser! So Glad to hear you go to spend some time with your nieces! I just read your post below and I honetsly can't imagine what you're going through! Just know we are all here and praying for you! You got the best guardian angel anyone could ask for! He'll always still be there for you!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  19. Heey elle , how are you? I have been going crazy about nail art these days and these are some amazing tips :D thank you so much for sharing

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  20. The little dental flossers are a great tip- much easier to control than a toothpick, I bet!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  21. Ugh, I wrote out my whole comment...and something happened to it! :-(

    So, as I was saying! All these hacks are really neat. You always have the smartest things up your sleeve, Elle! I've heard of that paper bag trick. I've yet to try it, though. I think I'll go get a sharpie, though, and give that one a try. I just painted my nails yesterday, so it'd be fun to decorate them with a flower or something, and not have to worry about waiting long enough to let the polish dry. :-) Thanks for some swell tips!!

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  22. I can never do my own nail art but I'm going to try over the weekend! These are great tips, especially using the dental floss! Have fun with your nieces and nephews! Thinking of you!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  23. Your endless supply of awesome tips always amazes me Elle! I love the dental floss pick tip--I have a bunch of those that I don't use (I like regular floss better, it turns out) so maybe I'll have to play around with nail art!

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  24. GREAT HACKS!!!!! Love love love! thanks for you tips... and the trapper keeper references!

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  25. Such a classic look I love the hacks! very transitional!
    Have a great Day!
    http://lachiquitamissi.com

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  26. Such a classic look I love the hacks! very transitional!
    Have a great Day!
    http://lachiquitamissi.com

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  27. I never get the time for nail art these are def some helpful tips.. amazing!!

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  28. I'm not going to lie I suddenly feel so dumb that I never thought to use those little floss sticks before. Like wow. (; Life changing.

    I loved the Instagram photos with your nieces and nephews. This is a difficult time, but you are getting to spend some much needed time with those who love you. Keep smiling. (:

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  29. Thanks for sharing these tips! I always admire nail art, but never have the guts to try and do it myself because I'm not the most artistic haha
    That dental floss trick is a great idea! Maybe at least now I can try out striped nails! xx

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  30. First time in your blog and I’m impressed! Everything is so beautiful!
    Great job!

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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  31. Still thinking of you and sending you prayers! I love the plastic bag tip. I had heard about making decals on plastic, but never thought to use it as a tracing method too. Genius!

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  32. Cool tricks, I didn't know about them! Also, I saw your niece's picture on Instagram, she's lovely, God bless her! =)

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  33. From the 3 suggestions, I think I could try the dental flossers one, for stripes - it seems quite good, such a good idea! And then the Sharpie pens - I thought about them once, but after all I didn't try it... I will ask my manicurist to try something with the first idea, cause I liked it a lot! The zippered bag, I don't think I would be good on that :) And nice that you met your niece! I hope you get the good vibes of your friends, I am sure everybody is sending you that!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  34. I definitely need to get my brave on and try some nail art! How wonderful you were able to spend time with the newest little niece! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  35. As always you have shared some brilliant tips! These are things that I would never think of! Thanks for making it simple.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  36. What great ideas! I love the dental floss one since steady hands are not my strength!

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  37. These are some genius tips. I would have never thought of using the flosser. And though I have heard of the sharpie trick I haven't used it.

    PS. as usual my thoughts are with you. Glad you got some aunty time. Hope you all are doing well

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  38. Hooray for time with your nieces and nephews! :)

    Also, these are great tips! I want to try that dental flosser trick!

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  39. Great hacks! I need to try the dental floss trick!

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