12 Nail Art Tutorials for Pretty Fingernails


Tutorials on how to apply nail polish to achieve the perfect nails!  These nail polish tutorials include how to apply glitter nail polish, DIY nail art, and even homemade nail polish remover for pretty nails all the time.

How To Apply Nail Polish

1.  The Bow Manicure ~ This bow mani is absolutely adorable and so girly!  You can make your own by following the simple five step pictured tutorial.

2.  How to Apply Nail Polish ~ Learn how to apply nail polish professionally.  It involves using as few brush strokes as possible, starting from the back of the nail, and applying a top coat for protection and shine.

Nail Polish Tutorials

3.  Patriotic Nails {Red White Blue Flag} ~ Give your nails a patriotic coat before heading out to celebrate Labor Day with friends and family.  This fun tutorial will show you how to dress your nails up in the perfect Labor Day pattern.

4.  How to Apply Gelish Polish {french manicure} ~ Gel nails are increasingly more popular and with reason.  They are longer lasting, more durable, and easier on the nails than acrylic.  Follow this tutorial to apply a perfect Gelish french manicure.

5.  Ombre Nail Tutorial ~ These ombre nails are fun and flirty!  You can achieve this pattern by swirling the two nail polish colors together and then applying them with a sponge.

How To Apply Glitter Nail Polish

6.  How to Apply Glitter to Nails ~ Add some glitz and glam to your fingers nails with glitter.  Apply your favorite nail polish and let partially dry.  Add regular glitter and a top cop of clear polish.  Voila!

DIY Nail Art

7.  DIY Nail Stickers ~ Create your own nail stickers using scotch tape, nail polish and scissors.  After you have cut your shapes/stickers apply them to your nail and add a top coat of clear polish.

8.  DIY Decoupage Napkin Nails ~ What a genius idea to decoupage printed napkins onto your finger nails.  The texture is light and thin and works perfectly!

9. Mod Podge Manicure ~ Don’t these nails look amazing?  Fabric and mod podge.  Who would have thought to put fabric and mod podge on your nails?!  It’s a fabulous idea.  I’m already thinking about what I’m going to put on my nails.

10.  Digi Nail Manicure ~ Learn how to make your own nail adhesive strips using photo shop, digital supplies, alcohol and nail polish.  The best part is that you get to choose your favorite digital patterned paper for your nails.

11.  Luxe Lace Nails ~ You can create your own beautiful luxe lace nails by using lace from the fabric store.  Add a square of lace to your finger nail, apply nail glue, and when dry trim the edges.

Homemade Nail Polish Remover

12.  DIY Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover ~ This faux Zoya Remove + nail polish remover recipe is simple and only requires two ingredients, glycerin and acetone.  It’s not as abrasive or harsh on the skin as the store bought and only a fraction of the cost.

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  1. These are all so pretty. I do so much around the house that my nails won’t grow long enough for polish. I don’t like polish on very short nails. But if I did have long ones, I would surely try some of these.

  2. Me and my mom tried to do the bow nails and they turned out alright. I could never do them on myself, its to detailed. A lot of the bows came out warped and weird but they’re still super cute! 😀

  3. I’m sorry you had such a negative experience. Sounds to me like you did not go to someone that is experienced in the proper technique. Several people I know have either gel or shellac, with none of these issues. As they say you get what you pay for, I have found the cheaper nail salons are not satisfactory. And they also cause a lot of clients to have fungus problems because they do not santize correctly or use seperate implements for each customer.

  4. I feel like I need to do a public service announcement against gel or shellac nails! I had them and they looked great for almost 10 days! Then they started to show their growth and wear. They nail polish cracked and so did the nail underneath. I went back to the salon where I had them done and it took over 45 minutes to get the polish off! My nails are damaged with gouges in them. All I can do is wait now for the damage to grow out. 10 days of pretty polish is not worth 3 months of ugly nails!

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