To improve your nail art techniques, you need to build yourself an arsenal of tools that you are comfortable using. Here are two of my go-to techniques!
Use the Right Brushes and Dotting Tools
Brushes are dirt cheap, and finding the one that fits you best is just a matter of trial and error. I always carry very skinny brushes, both short and long. Short skinny brushes are great for detailing on small designs, while long skinny brushes are perfect for easy straight lines and consistently sized lines. You will also want at least one dotting tool; however, most of them come in sets of 5 dotters, each with 2 sizes on the ends (for a total of 10 dot sizes).
There's a really easy way to get the perfect dot every time. Once you select the dotter head you like, practice holding it. Think about what's most comfortable in your hand. Then follow these steps.
1. Place a blob of nail polish on a piece of paper.
2. Dip your dotter in the blob of polish.
3. Dab the dotter on the piece of paper to remove excess. (When you first pick up the polish on your dotter, the size of the polish bubble will vary. By dabbing the paper first, the dot on your nail should be the same size each time.)
4. Finally, dab your dotter on your nail.
How to Hold the Brush
The way you hold your brush while polishing is probably one of the most crucial techniques to perfect. And, while it takes time to "nail" it, you'll find designing much easier once you've mastered it. Create a fulcrum, or a support, for your hand to give you maximum control of your wrist and fingers. Your fulcrum should be the pinky or ring finger on your dominant hand resting on another surface (either your painting surface or your hand). By anchoring your other hand with your fulcrum, you'll have a much steadier hand. Take a look at these pictures for a clearer look at what I'm talking about.
While using a finger as a fulcrum will give you great control, you should also be comfortable contorting your other hand, to meet the needs of your design. For me, painting a circle is easier on one half of the circle than the other. So I'll twist my hand around, allowing me to paint the other half of the circle in the same direction as the first. You're not painting a mural on a wall, so twist yourself!
Keep practicing to master each of these nail art techniques. Rome wasn't built in a day, as the saying goes, and neither were nail artists: Practice makes perfect!
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