Just like anything else, tools help you get things done better and faster. Having a nail brush and a dotter will come in handy for doing nail art. I tried using a bobby pin instead of a dotter because I saw someone said you could use it. It worked (sort of), but a dotter would work a lot better. You can get a nail set with a brush and dotter for only $10 from Sephora. Sephora Nail Art Set
You can also make your own dotting tool! I found this cool picture on Pinterest showing you how. And it totally works! All you need is a pin and a pencil with an eraser, as shown below.
I think Essie has the prettiest nail polish colors, but if you’re like me you, don’t want to spend $8 for one bottle of nail polish. If you want something that’s better quality than NYC, I like Revlon or Sally Hansen. I like OPI also, but it’s expensive like Essie is. There are so many different brands of nail polish available; so sometimes it's trial and error finding out what works best for you.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Magnetic nail polish has been becoming more popular recently. Sally Hansen, nails inc., and China Glaze are the only brands I've seen with this nail polish so far. Nails inc. has two different types, a wave magnet and a fishnet magnet; each one comes in different colors. You could paint your nails with the polish and try using a regular magnet for a different design.
This is the description for the nails inc. magnetic nail polish.
“Create gorgeous nail art in minutes with this revolutionary polish that uses a magnet to create an amazing nail art design. This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a fishnet nail effect using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron powder in the formulation gravitates toward the magnet forming the pattern hidden in the magnet for an astonishing finish.” nails inc. Wave Magnetic Polish Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish China Glaze Magnetix Nail Polish nails inc. Fishnet Magnetic Polish
Gradient Nails (also known as ombre nails)
Gradient Nail Tutorial (I like the look of three colors on each nail better, but I couldn’t find a good tutorial for it. You just put three colors on the sponge instead of two.)
Some people do this as the ombre effect; it’s pretty, but I like the other one a lot better.
Caviar Nails (also known as micro bead nails)
I’ve never actually tried this, but I think it looks super cute!! Here’s a tutorial on how to do it. Micro Bead Nails Tutorial
What is your favorite nail trend that you've seen? Let me know in the comments!Becca xxoo
The pictures of nails are from Sephora and Pinterest.