Ever have one of those days when you really want to do your nails, but nothing that you have is inspiring you at all? And the budget doesn’t allow you to go out and really do much to add to your collection? The solution is to play with some nail art, and you can do that with most of what you already have on hand. Anything that you don’t have for these ideas is really inexpensive, so if you do need to make a purchase, it won’t break the bank.
Glue On Accessories
The fastest way to give your manicure a leg up is to choose glue-on accessories and glue them on. Nail glue adheres the little pieces, and then you add a layer of top coat over them to keep them secure. Now, the question is, what accessories do you want? There are a million from which to choose, and none of them are super expensive. Rhinestones are popular, especially in heart shapes. If you’re into a simpler look, metal studs are a good way to go. Another option are acrylic shapes that match every holiday from Valentine’s Day to Christmas.
Play with Matte Top Coat
Matte top coat is really inexpensive, and it completely changes even your favorite nail color. It’s understandable if you don’t want to go whole hog with a full set of ten matte nails. In fact, it can be more fun when you play around a little bit. Use a dotting tool or a toothpick to add matte polka dots to your nails. Use the matte top coat on just one nail on each hand to give yourself a subtle accent nail. Or do the reverse, keeping an accent nail shiny and making the other nails matte. Your only limits are your imagination.
Striping Tape Is Your Friend
Whether you’re still playing around with matte top coat or you’re creating designs with different shades of polish, striping tape can be your best friend. Sure, you might be able to paint straight lines on one of your hands, but can you do it on both? Most of us can’t, unfortunately, so striping tape it is. Striping tape sticks just well enough to give you perfect lines and it’s incredibly thin width means you can make even the most complicated designs.
Let your imagination free and spend only a couple of dollars to completely work over your nail polish wardrobe.