There’s no need to buy special nail art tools every time you get a little creative. Sometimes what you need is already in your stationery drawer. Here are three handy pieces of office stationery that help make nail art super easy and fun.
- Sharpie permanent markers
- Hole punch reinforcements
1. Perfect nail art pens, aka Sharpie permanent markers
We know how hard it is to work with a tiny nail brush. Keeping it steady and with just the right amount of polish is sometimes just impossible. But a Sharpie marker? Now this is something you’re used to using! Sharpie permanent markers make awesome nail art pens. They come in every color imaginable and you can get them in the super-fine point to make all those fine lines and details. Plus they dry ultra fast which is an extra bonus. If you make a mistake, a little bit of rubbing alcohol takes it right off without removing your base coat. Once you’re done designing your nails, seal it with a top coat and you’re ready to go.
Make perfect polka dots every time with a Sharpie
Just hold your marker perpendicular to your nails. Start off by doing a vertical line of dots down the middle of your nails. Then stagger the dots when you create the vertical line on the left or right side.
Get creative and make some fun patterns
This fun pattern is actually created by using the polka dots as a baseline grid. This will give you a guideline on where to make your patterns. Just connect the dots in random ways to form patterns and fun designs.
2. A salon French manicure at home
In the past, the only way to get a perfect French manicure was to make a trip to the nail salon. Well not anymore! With a little help from hole punch reinforcements, you can make those salon French tips at home in a matter of minutes.
Step 1: Mark off your tips
Paint a base color of polish if you’d like, and when it is completely dry, apply the reinforcement to your nail and line up the curve of the reinforcer with where the nail starts attaching to the finger, leaving the tip of the nail exposed. Make sure the reinforcement is flush against your nail and there are no bubbles.
Step 2: Paint those tips
With your nail polish or Sharpie marker in my case, paint your tips.
Step 3: Remove the reinforcements
If you’re using nail polish, remove the reinforcement while the polish is still wet. This will ensure that you have a crisp line. If you wait for it to dry, sometimes it ends up pulling off the nail polish in one piece. Once you are done and your tips are dry, finish off your new French manicure with a top coat.
3. Perfect geometric designs
Do you ever wonder how to get those perfect geometric designs on your nails? Well with a little help from some Scotch tape you can easily recreate them yourself. Using tape is a great way to mark off areas you don’t want to paint and get that perfect crisp line.
Step 1: Mark off areas
Paint your base coat and let it dry completely. Make sure it is thoroughly dry because you don’t want your tape lifting off any of your polish once you remove it. Cut your tape into strips or any shape you’d like to make and apply it to your nails leaving the areas you want to paint exposed.
Step 2: Paint your design
Apply your polish, or use a Sharpie to paint exposed areas. You can choose to use different colors and get creative with your exposed areas.
Step 3: Remove your tape
Before your polish is dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal your new pattern. Once it is dry, you can apply a top coat if you’re happy with your design, or you can apply more tape and create another layer for a more intricate design!
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