Hi! Have you tried getting into nail art, but you can’t stand the hassle and the amount of time it all takes? To be perfectly honest neither can I. Nail art has really tested me to my limits and I discovered that I am a rather impatient person and some what of perfectionist. That is in no way a good combination. This is where nail art pens come in. They make things so much easier and outlining those flowers or cute boston terriers you just painted on your nails all of a sudden takes half as much as it use to.
The problem is that nail art pens can be pricey and are not available in a lot of countries. That is why I was excited when I discovered that you could use gel pens to paint on your nails. This of course resulted in me buying a bunch of gel pens, just to discover that it could not be done with just any gel pen. I bet you can imagine my disappointment.
Then one evening I came across a picture on tumblr where someone was holding a gel pen from the Pilot brand and had the nail art they had finished proudly on display. The next day I marched to the nearest stationery store and bought two of my first gel pens from the Pilot Choose range and from there things really took off. They are amazing!
The ballpoint tip draws lines .7 mm thick and the pen glides perfectly across nail polish leaving a steady stream of gel ink behind. Amazing! If you have been looking to buy nail art pens, think twice before investing in some, as you may able to get yourself a deal.
This nautical nail art design was created using gel pens, check it out here.
This peony flower nail art was created using gel nail art pens, check it out here.
Tips for using the gel nail art pens:
- Make sure your nail polish is dry! This is crucial and it just won’t work if it isn’t.
- Before you start drawing, have a srap piece of paper to scribble on beforehand to get the gel flowing.
- If you are going to be using multiple colors of gel, wait for the first color to dry before layering on a second one. The time you’ll need to wait will depend on the thickness of the layer.
- Once you are done drawing, wait a couple of minutes for everything to dry and apply a top coat. Apply it lightly so that you don’t smudge the design. Once the gel is dry it does not smudge at all and is just super awesome!
- Best part is that if you mess up you can use rubbing alcohol to wipe the whole design off your nail without messing up your base color, provided that it really was dry in the first place. You have a clean slate and can start drawing right away.
So here you have it! A far superior alternative to nail art pens at only 1.5 Euro per pen! You really can’t beat that!
I hope you found the post helpful and please let me know if you know of any other pens that work, as I am sure that there are plenty of other brands and types that will work for this. If we could create a database, I'm sure it would help out a lot of people. Have a great day!
Originally posted at www.sunshinecitizen.com
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