Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Money Smart Nail Art - you don't need expensive tools to produce great nail art!

Hi everybody!

I have decided to enter a competition that is held by Money Supermarket. In this post I'd like to kind of sum up tips & tricks in nail art and nail art tools without the need of a big investment. There are several ways how to save your pennies and still have beautifully decorated nails. I'm sure many of you already know these tips and use it regularly but hopefully this article will help some of you who don't.

1. Home made dotting tools - if you don't want to buy set of dotting tools there's a way to make some of them at home. You can use old pen, pencil, bobby pin, differently sized pins, back of a nail art brush...:




You can also create simple patterns with them...




2. Create stunning designs with tape! - You don't need anything more than scissors and a tape you already have got at home. The paper masking tape you would use while painting your house is the best but you can also use a bank tape or regular scotch tape. Scotch tape is very sticky so it is always best to stick it to your arm first to make is less sticky.


With tape you can create stripy and colour-block manicures very easily:







If you own craft scissors you can cut waves or zig-zag patterns and create stunning designs:





3. Use PVA glue as a peel-off base coat - Glitter nail polish is always a pain to remove but with this simple tip it won't be anymore! Apply a thin layer of PVA glue on your bare nails, let it dry and paint your nails as usual. When you want to remove the nail polish use orange stick to scrape the polish off. No hassle!

If you don't already own PVA glue you can buy it at just £1 in Poundland :)


4. Use makeup sponge to create gradient effect - a plain triangle makeup sponge lying in your dresser can be used to create two or multi-tone gradients or even Galaxy nails effect. Simply paint nail polish stripes next to each other on the sponge and stamp it on the nails. Repeat until you're happy with the result. Another method is to paint nails with one colour, dip the makeup sponge into a different nail polish and dab the colour on the nail.




See? You don't need expensive tools to have trendy nails! Let me know what you think and share your super saving money tips in the comments!

54 comments:

  1. You are są creative. Beautiful

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  2. uuu You've changed the design of the blog :d (sorry I haven't seen it earlier). Thank you for all the tips&Tricks!

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    1. Haha no worries Aby, glad you visited again!

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  3. I love these ideas! Fantastic tutorials.

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  4. Great post! That last gradient is simply gorgeous!! Love it :)

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  5. I wouldn't think of some of them :) Super easy and super pretty :)

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    1. Oh I'm so glad it is helpful to you!

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  6. Great post! When people ask me how to get started on nail art, I will point them to this!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you find it useful!

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  7. I also use tooth picks for super small dotting. I always thought most nail art tools were pretty redundant and your post confirms me in that even more.

    have a great day~ :)

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    1. I personally do like to use dotting tools but if they wouldn't be available I know I could get around it!

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  8. Such a useful post. Thanks for all the tips and tutorials.

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  9. i use literally all of these methods! its so simple!

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  10. This is a great post for beginner nail artists! You should definitely win the contest ;)

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  11. Love the post! It will be great for beginners. Good Luck!

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    1. Thank you, it will be great if it helps someone :)

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  12. Lucy! Great post!!! Looking forward to try the squiggle tape mani!

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    1. Oh I'd love to see your version!! Drop me a link if you do it :)

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  13. fantastic!!
    I used pencils like dotting tools and it is great :)
    check out my nail art if you want Sunrise of my life :)

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    1. Thank you Verunka :) Yeah, there is so many other ways to make ow dotting tool, I just didn't list them all. Lovely blog hun x

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  14. Such a useful post! I love your tutorials :)
    xoxo

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  15. Even though I knew about all these "tricks" it was great and nice of you to do a complete post showing all of them =)

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  16. Úžasné rady. A hrozně miluju tvoje nehty! O:) :D

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  17. excellent post! thank you for sharing your tips and tricks xx

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    1. Thank you Kiva, I'm very happy you find it useful!

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  18. These tips are so helpful! That retro dot swirl design is gorgeous <3

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  19. This is a brilliant post, so useful! Thanks :)

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  20. sharing! This is great! :) Thank you! <3

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  21. Great post. Love the helpful tutorials as well. Very creative and efficient. Much continued success

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  22. This is a fantastic post. I love the make-up sponge tip, it's such a good idea! And I'm definitely going to try using a bobby pin as a dotting tool.
    Thanks for all the tips :). And good luck for the competition :)
    M x

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  23. Brilliant post, thank you :D - Love your blog xx

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  24. this is such an awesome post. thank you for sharing your expertise! :)

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  25. Thank you thank you !! I love this post !!

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  26. My favorite nail arts and tutorials ;)

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