By Althea Martin. Halloween Nail. Published at Thursday, October 08th, 2020 - 19:46:10 PM.
1) Nail polish The essentials are: a base coat (to prevent nail discolouration and allow your nail polish to glide on smoothly) nail polish and a top coat (to ensure your manicure lasts for more than a day). I like to use a quick drying top coat cos that saves oodles of time and is so convenient to use but its also good to have a normal top coat or clear polish in hand for certain more complex nail designs.
HOW TO USE: Find a plastic sheet and drop a few blobs of nail polish onto it. I like to use name cards that are hard and feel a bit plasticky for this cos theyre small and disposable. Dip the round nib of your dotter into the polish. Try doing a few dots on the sheet/name card till you get the right size and consistency that you want. Do the same onto the surface of your nail. Be careful not to use too much pressure that may cause the dots to look deformed. Remember to clean them after use and dry thoroughly. These tools are made of metal and susceptible to rusting.
3) Nail stripers These to me are an absolute essential. They are nail polishes that come with a long thin brush rather than the usual flat and broad ones. I use them for painting lines and adding random flicks of colour. They are so easy to use and very versatile. I recommend getting two colours white and black when you first start. Brands like LA Colors have a wide range of colours and come pretty cheap so have fun with it!
Nail Art is the art of styling your finger nails with decorative stencils polish and patterns that are unique and artistic. The history of nail art reaches back to around early 3000 BC when the Chinese invented the first nail polish. This polish was really enamel which would take several hours to dry and then be a pretty pinkish red tone. Around 1830s the first wooden sticks for manicures were invented in Europe. It was not until the 1920s that automotive paint inspired the modern nail polish that we know today. Soon afterward Revlon was born and nail industry blossomed into what we know it as today.
The finishing touches to any womans attire should be her nails. But most of us tend to forget and neglect this area. With nail art on the up and up there is no excuse. You can choose to do them yourself at home or be pampered and go to a salon. Long nails always make a girl feel more elegant and creative nail art completes the look. With nail art you can experiment with designs and colours. You may feel that its expensive but there are plenty of products on the market all at an affordable cost. It just takes time to perfect the art which is the highest cost you will have to pay.
Another reason for the recent popularity of nail styling could be attributed to the sudden obsession with nail polish where women were looking for something else besides just ordinary nail polish. Besides the New York Times reported an increase of 67% in nail polish sales in America alone. It goes to show that nail art is an inexpensive way for women all over to make a fashion statement about themselves. Retailers seem to think that this new craze is womens way of beautifying their hands and fingers much like they would have done with diamonds in times gone by. Only now it is deemed so much safer in that their chances of getting robbed is very slim in comparison.
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