Hand painted nail designs


Long and properly groomed nails surely look beautiful. Though small, they are the most admired and important element of a perfect attire. Applying a nail polish, matching to your outfit is a passe. Nail designs are in vogue, which give an extremely trendy look. You can have them similar to the design on your outfit. If you think that plain nail polish is always better than sticking those decals and stickers on your nails, then just chill. You can have hand painted nail designs to enhance the look of your nails. Nail designs are a do-it-yourself art and a completely fun filled activity.

How to do Hand Painted Nail Art Designs?

Step 1
You don’t need to go for a manicure, but your nails need to be clean, properly trimmed and nicely shaped. You can do this by just cleaning your nails thoroughly with a nail brush, shape them with a nail filer, push back the cuticles and then use a nail buffer.

Step 2
Choose the nail colors for design and the base coat color. Also, get the base coat, the top coat and the brushes for the delicate designing work over your nails. Use thin brushes for best results.

Step 3
Start with application of the base coat over your nails. Now, take a base color according to the background you wish to have for the nail design. Apply two coats of this base color; wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second. Let the nail color dry properly before you start with the nail design.

Step 4
Now, the real fun of hand painted nail designs starts. Take a fine brush, a nail paint color of your choice, and start with the designs. Believe me, once you start, you will feel your nails are the best canvas to paint over and explore your creativity. You can draw some designs on a paper with pencil, and then choose one for your nails. It will be easier to copy one instead of directly trying it on your nails, if you are not so good at painting.

Step 5
Once you are done with painting the designs, let your nails dry completely. After the polish dries, apply a layer of top coat. This will protect your hand painted nail designs, and let them stay for a longer duration over your nails.

Step 6
Keep cotton balls and pure acetone nail polish remover handy to quick-fix any mistakes. Make sure that you are in a place where you are not disturbed. Lay a wiping cloth around to take care of any spills during your work. This nail art needs total concentration and patience.

Tips on Choosing Hand Painted Nail Designs

The following tips and ideas for nail art designs will give you some lovely nail art ideas that are wearable, irrespective of the occasion.


  • Remember, not to use more than three colors for nail design because that will be distracting.
  • You can choose two colors matching your outfit and create a nice pattern. Keep the base color of the nail polish same as the base color of your outfit.
  • You can make stripes if you are wearing an outfit with stripes.
  • Go for tiny flowers if you are wearing a floral design.
  • Simple dots over your nails also look awesome. Use the same color for each dot because multicolored dots won’t look attractive.
  • Freehand designs also look good over the nails. Again, use a single color for the entire design; it will look simply amazing.
  • Try to make the same design on each nail, though some very minor differences are always possible. Avoid alternating designs, i.e. same design on alternate nails.
  • If you don’t like the overall painted look, just play with the tips of your nails. Make beautiful pattern on your nail tips and leave the remaining part of your nail plain. This gives a unique look to the nail art.
  • You may also keep the base color transparent and just use colored nail polish for the designs. This gives a trendy look, but again, do not use too many colors.
  • Try smudging two colors, may be at the tip of the nails, in a beautiful pattern if you are not good at delicate designs.

So, try the above tips and make your own unique and creative nail designs. Hand painted nail designs surely gives a cute look to your simple polished nails. The nail art won’t wear off on its own; you need to remove it, along with your nail polish, using a nail polish remover. Follow the nail care routine, try your hand at nail designs and have fun.

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