How to Apply Cuticle Oil | Manicure Tutorials
How to Apply Cuticle Art
If you don't have a steady hand when it comes to painting your nails, consider applying some cuticle art instead. It can be used alongside your regular manicure or instead of it. Cuticle art goes onto the area just below your nails. It helps extend the design and give it a more unique look. This wikiHow will show you how to do cuticle art using additions, such as studs, rhinestones, and decals. It will also show you how to do it with nail art tattoos and nail polish!
Using Studs, Rhinestones, or Decals
Prep your nails.Start by cleaning your nails and removing any old polish. Next, trim and file your nails down to a shape that suits you.
Choose a tiny stud or rhinestone to place on the cuticle.You can also cut some colored, metallic foil into a square or rectangle, and use that instead.You can find these items in salons that sell nail art supplies. You can also fine tiny rhinestones and colored, metallic foil in art shops.
Apply some eyelash glue to the center of your cuticle, just below the nail.Make sure that the glue is touching the base of the nail. If you don't have eyelash glue, you can use another type of nail adhesive.
- If you are applying cuticle art to every nail, do just one nail for right now.
Let the glue get tacky.This will help the item stick better. How long you wait depends on the type of glue you are using. It is usually between 15 and 30 seconds. Some types of glues may even start to turn clear. When this happens, they are tacky enough to use. Check the bottle or tube of glue that you are using for specific instructions.
Press your desired item into the glue.Once the glue gets tacky, press the item down into it. Make sure that the top of the item touches the base of your nail. You want it to look like the design is going into your nail.
Let the cuticle art dry.While the cuticle art dries, you can do the rest of your nails/cuticles. Once everything dries, you can consider your manicure finished. You can also read on to learn how to take your nails to the next level.
Apply a basecoat to your nails.Start by applying the base coat to just the tips of your nails. Apply a second coat over your entire nail next. This will help seal it in and prevent chips.
- You will be adding polish or nail art next. This will help tie the design together.
Paint your nails or add some simple nail art.Cuticle art is meant to be simple, so less is more. You can paint your nails a solid, matching color, or add a design that matches your chosen item.For example:
- Apply a top coat onto your nail, then press a rhinestone onto the wet polish.
- Paint on a French tip using a color that matches your cuticle item. Black, silver, or gold is classic.
- Replicate the design on your nail using a stripper brush. Make a small dot, rectangle or square.
- Paint your nail a flat, solid color, then press another similar stud, rhinestone, or decal onto the upper third of your nail.
Seal your work with a layer of top coat.Let your polish dry first, then apply a clear top coat over your nail. Avoid getting anything on your cuticle art, however! Once the top coat dries, you are ready to show off your nails!
Using Nail Art Tattoos
Prep your nails.Clean your nails and remove any old nail polish. Trim, and file your nails down to a shape that suits you.
Apply any desired nail polish or nail art.You will be applying the tattoos onto the skin below your nails, so your nails will be blank. If you want to, however, you can paint your nails or add some simple nail art to them. If you choose to do this, start with a base coat, then apply the polish. Finish off with a top coat, then let everything dry.
- Use a brush dipped in nail polish remover to wipe away any mistakes.
Choose some nail art tattoos.Nail art tattoos work the same way as regular, temporary tattoos. You can find them in salons or online. You can pick any design you like, but pointy or arrow-shaped designs will help guide the eye better to your nails.
Cut the nail art down to the right size.Use a sharp pair of scissor to cut the individual tattoo off of the sheet. Trim the tattoo down further until it is small enough to fit over your cuticle area.The tattoo can extend as far down your finger as you like, but it shouldn't go over the nail.
Peel off the plastic cover.Make sure that you are only peeling the cover away from the tattoo that you will be using.Leave the plastic cover on the other tattoos. This will keep them clean.
Place the nail art tattoo onto your finger.Make sure that you are pressing the tattoo design-side-down against your skin, and that the base is touching the bottom of your nail.
Dampen the tattoo with water.Soak a cotton ball, cotton round, or wash cloth with water. Squeeze out the excess, then press it against the tattoo.
Tap the tattoo until the design transfers to your skin.Gently pat the back of the tattoo with your cotton call a few times, then check to see if the design has transferred. If not, keep patting the tattoo with the damp cotton ball.
Peel the tattoo backing away.The tattoo should now be transferred to your cuticle area!You are ready to rock your new cuticle manicure. Keep in mind that this type of cuticle art will not last very long.
Using French Tip Stickers
Prep your nails.Clean your nails and wipe away any old polish. Trim and file them down to a shape that pleases you. If you have an unsteady hand, apply some petroleum jelly to the skin around your nails.
Apply a base coat to your nails.Start by applying the base coat to the very tips of your nails. Add another coat over your entire nail. Let the base coat dry before moving on.
Apply French tip stickers just above your cuticles.Get some French tip guide stickers. Place them, upside down, onto your nail, about 0.3 to 0.4 centimeters from the cuticle.
- If you don't find any French tip stickers, you could use the round stickers meant for reinforcing binder paper.
Paint the gap with your choice of nail polish.Flat colors work best here, but you can also try a metallic gold, silver, or copper. You may need to apply two coats, depending on how sheer the nail polish is.
Peel off the sticker.Be careful not to smudge the polish as you do so. It's best to remove the stickers while the polish is still wet, however, otherwise you risk chipping it.
Apply a clear top coat.At this point, you can consider your manicure done. If you'd like something fancier, you could add some glitter to the cuticle area, then seal it in with more top coat.
- Use the same color glitter as nail polish.
- For a twist, you could try tiny rhinestones instead.
Clean it up.Take a close look at your nail. Use a thin brush dipped in nail polish remover to wipe away any nail polish that got onto your skin. If you applied petroleum jelly earlier, be sure to wipe it off. After this, you are ready to go and flaunt you nails!
- These methods are intended for regular nail polish, but you can try them with gel polish.
- You don't have to apply cuticle art to every nail. You can focus it on the accent nail, which is typically on the ring finger.
- If you are applying cuticle art alongside regular polish, make sure that the colors go well together.
- Less is more when it comes to cuticle art. Keep your designs simple.
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