Nail design or nail art is a very simple concept – designs or art that are used to decorate the fingernails or toenails. They are mainly used to enhance an outfit or to brighten up an everyday look.
Nowadays, nail design and nail art is seen more as a fashion activity and as something that enables creativity and expression of one’s own style.
Various nail designs and nail art can be found on the latest catwalks from the best designers, Hollywood stars and celebrities often show the hottest new nail trends on the red carpets, and of course everyone can create nail art from home that suits their mood, their outfit or his artistic personality.
History originally viewed Nagelkunst as a social class show, and the more extravagant the higher the class you were viewed as.
Nowadays it is accessible to everyone and has exploded in popularity, so much so that a NAILgasm documentary has been released to explore the growing trend of nail art from subculture to high fashion.
Nailpolis: Museum of Nail Art was founded in January 2020 to give nail artists and hobbyists the opportunity to share their designs with others. Membership in the NailpolisMuseum is limited to the invitation to only “receive quality content”.
How to do nail art
If you want your nails to look best, copy your favorite star’s nails, or just have a great design idea for them, there are a few ways to get the look you want.
The easiest, but probably most expensive, way is to visit a nail salon or bar. With the increase in nail designs and the popularity of nail art, nail salons and bars have become commonplace in many cities and on the main streets.
They have nail technicians who should be able to design any design they want.
Nail art sets are useful for beginners as they offer everything you need to get started. They usually contain the top and base layers, varnishes and paints, special brushes or puncturing tools, different patterns, stickers and pins for the designs and possibly sometimes stones, jewels or glitter, depending on the kit.
You may even want to get a kit of nail art pens that you can use to draw directly on the nail, giving you a completely unique design of your own.
If you’re thinking about doing nail designs, a nail art kit might be the ideal place to start. You can buy nail art sets from some of the largest retailers.
If you want to avoid the cost of nail salons or just feel brave, there is a huge number of tutorials and guides on the internet for all types of nail designs. You can easily do a quick Google and YouTube search for a range of other resources.
What you need
To get the designs or artwork you want, and you don’t go to a nail salon, you need the best tools and materials. One of the most basic tools for any budding nail artist is a brush.
A brush set can be used in most places, e.g. at Amazon, can be picked up very cheaply. Nail files are also important, and you’ll likely need more than one.
Your design ideas and the techniques required for them play a big role in the tools you may need. Nail stamps and puncturing tools may be necessary to create certain designs.
These are just a few of the many tools available for nail design and art. Depending on the type of design or pattern you want to achieve, you may need special tools to create these special designs.
If you’ve decided to design your own nail art and you have all the tools you need to do it, you have to choose one.
The range of options available to you is huge, and over time you will become more and more familiar with various accessories that you can use to improve or upgrade your nail designs. Some of the more common designs are:
- Dots / spots
- Holiday theme e.g. Easter bunny.
- Animal prints
- Two tones
- French manicure
These are just a few of many designs you could choose from. The selection is endless and almost any picture or pattern can be replicated on your nails.