This 5-Step counter display nail polish organizer is one of the most popular options for nail art lovers, and can hold up to 60 bottles. It held nail polishes of 5ml, 16ml, 30ml, 50ml….basically any shapes and sizes of nail polishes that you will come across throughout your nail art journey.
These 2 metal racks fit in well in your room and is a great storage idea. They display and at the same time organizer your collections nicely.
Nail polishes to women are like candies to girls. So why not choose something fun as a storage idea? Be it this 3-layered candy jar or the penny candy jar, I’m sure putting your colorful polishes inside will immediately lighten up your home.
Looking for a handy option? This nail polish roll may suit your need. It’s made with sturdy leather and can help you bring your lovely polishes on the go. Just beware that the roll doesn’t fit all sizes of polishes.
This square modular design top compartment holds up to 24 bottles of nail polish. Elastic loops are located near mirror and you can simply put your nail accessories or supplies all in one place.
You don’t need to treat your polishes like jewelry to use a jewelry organizer. If you’re anyone who owns a huge collection of nail polishes like me, then this jewelry organizer will be the best storage solution.
What I like about this acrylic cube is that they’re stackable and you can create your own custom storage system. Though they don’t fit large bottle of polish, you can have your make-up and accessories placed together in an organized way.
8. Nail Polish Tool Box
When nail polishes meet heavy duty…..I love this idea but I’m sure my boyfriend will be even more impressed.
9. DIY Lego Nail Polish Storage
Have you ever thought of using lego pieces to create storage spaces for your stuff? While you’re designing your nail, maybe it’s time for your boyfriend to make you something useful!
10.DIY Nail Polish Storage Rack
Some of you may simply spare a drawer to store all nail polishes. Yet it’s always good to organize a bit so that you’ll be able to find the desired bottle to use more easily. This step by step guide to creating a organizer to be placed inside your draw maybe something you’re looking for?
A lot of people are fascinated by the nail designs I shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and are interested to know how they’re created. For majority of the designs that look complicated, I can create them in less than 30mins. While I’ll keep posting videos and tutorials on my social media channels as inspiration to creation of your own unique design, for beginners, there are some must-knows to start off nail stamping and I am going to lay them out here.
- Choosing the right nail stamping kits
To practice nail stamping, you will need a stamper, a scraper and a stamping plate. I suggest Konad Nail Art Double Ended Stamper and Scraper for beginner since the stamper head is flexible and can mold itself onto the nail to ensure a proper image stamp. Also, the double ended stamper with 2 different head sizes is perfect for new starter to practice stamping on different nails.
Recently one of my students introduces me this transparent nail stamper that allows you to look through the stamper and check out the result of your image while stamping. I think this is a great tool for beginners too!
For nail stamping plates, it’s important to choose images that are more abstract and free form, since it’s harder to make straight lines and single images work when you’re just learning to stamp. If you are serious about nail stamping, getting a whole set of plates like this one is a good idea. I personally prefer smaller plate since it’s easier to clean and handle.
- Look for good stamping polish
Polishes that will cover your nail with one coat will stamp well. You can also choose metallic, matte or neon polishes as they make your image stand out perfectly.
Metallic stamping polish – Click Here
Neon stamping polish – Click Here
Matte stamping polish – Click Here
Another trick to choosing polish that is good for stamping is to look at the brush – if you can’t see the brush through the polish, it means the polish is opaque enough to stamp.
- Keep your nail stamping kits clean
A lot of beginners missed this step out and jumped to a conclusion that they got a stamper set that didn’t work. To make sure the stamper picks up images accurately, I will first use acetone to clean the silicon head to make sure it doesn’t contain any oils, moisturizers, dusts or residues. You can also use sticky tape for the same effect. Cleaning the stamp after each use is of course a must, but cleaning before use is equally important.
- Control time & strength
The key to successful nail stamping is time & strength. To get an accurate pattern, we’ll only need a thin layer of polish, which also means that the pattern dries out quickly on the plate or stamper. You need to be quick in the whole process, and don’t go any longer than 15 secs from adding polish to stamping plate to scraping and stamping it on nail.
For strength, you have to pay attention to how hard you scrape, how hard you press to pick up the image and how hard you press to leave the image on nail. When it comes to scraping, I suggest users to scrap as hard as she can. Then use medium strength to pick up and stamp image on nail. Do not press stamper too hard on plate or nail because chances are, the design will smudge.
Your turn now! Nail stamping is fun and the design you can create from this single technique is unlimited. Start your practice now and you’ll be able to manage the technique after 5 or 6 trial.
Finally a video that show you step-by-step guide to nail stamping. Enjoy~~
A lot of people are fascinated by the two, three weeks of no-chip experience gel manicure is giving, yet may not know there are a lot of at home gel manicure system available that can help to create the same effect with a lot lower price! And even more exciting is, you only need your gel nail kit once, as you can buy yourself gel polish in different colors separately like normal ones and play around with nearly every designs you want!
So here I’m going to highlight to you the 5 Best Gel Nail Polish Brands and how they compare with each other. The few criteria I use to qualify a brand to list in top 5 are: gel color choices, longevity, removal time and condition of nails once the gels are removed.
As a well-loved nail polish brand, OPI Gelcolor comes in large range of color, from all the classic shades to new ones that suit the trend. It’s hardwearing and it is well-known to be removed quite easily. It virtually comes off in whole piece after 10mins wrap in foil and it keeps your nail strong even after removal. If you are someone who finds the removal process of gel manicure most frustrating, you should stick with OPI.
Known as “The Original Power Polish”, the Shellac brand is smooth and very easy to work with. It is slightly thicker and it doesn’t shrink back from the free edge, giving a neat finish.
Famous for its original brush-in-bottle and high-shine effect, Gelish always give customers surprise with its gel colors. It’s also ideal for people who are hard on their hands as it’s a lot harder wearing.
Sally Hansen is possibly the most easy to apply gel polish brand with thin and consistency texture. It’s introducing new color constantly and it also comes with different lines, including no curing gel series for people who want to enjoy the long lasting, no-chip effect of gel nails without the need for a UV/LED lamp.
One of the affordable choices offering good quality results. If you look for gel nails on a budget, this is definitely the brand of your choice! Just be prepared for the thicker texture that requires a little more work to get it thin.
Today I would like to introduce 5 totally different nail art techniques – they can all be done quick and easy. All these techniques, once learnt, can help you come up with tens of thousands of different nail art designs. Remember to check out the recommended must have tools / items for better results!
1. Rectangle Nail Art Design
For the tool you need to complete this design, click here.
2. Flora Stamping Nail Art
Click here for the recommended nail art stamping tools.
3. Water Drop Nail Art
Simply get yourself a gel top coat and an UV / LED Lamp light to practice this design!
To enjoy this design mess-free, check this out.
5. Gradient Cyclone Swirl Nail Art
Get yourself some swirl shape stickers now!
I love water marble nail art as I can play around with different colors and pattern and they are so unique that I never make the same pattern even with exact same colors and steps used. However, if you’ve tried the water marble technique before, you know there’s no guarantee success. I did have a couple of fail attempts where I made a mess as if I was in art jamming. Luckily by chance I’ve found this technique I called ‘DRIED WATER MARBLE’ where you can still enjoy the nice ‘pucci pattern’ without the need to spend like an hour cleaning your hands.
The Dried Water Marble Nail Art Concept:
Nail polish dries not only on nails, but on water. When you drip nail polish on water, you’ll be able to get a thin patch formed on the surface of water after a while. This thin patch can then play as nail decal for a nice neatly done water marble nail art!
Step 1: Start with the basic water marble technique – put nail polish in a glass of water and create pattern that you like. If you don’t know what water marble is, watch this video (from 0:33’ to 1:10’)
Step 2: Let the nail polish completely dries on the surface of the water. If your nail polish is hard to the touch and you can’t dip your finger in the water, then it means the dried water marble (water marble sticker) is ready for use. This step normally takes around 30 mins but may vary across different nail polish brands
Take out the dried water marble / water marble sticker and dry it completely with a towel. This is a very important step that a lot of people have missed out and so resulted in having nail art with bubbles.
Cut out several pieces with the part of design that you want and in sizes close to your nail.
Place one piece on your nail bed (with base color filled) and push it down with a cuticle pusher. Then cut around the edges with a cuticle cutter to remove dried water marble sitting outside your nail bed.
Finally finishes it off with a layer of top coat.
With this dried water marble technique, you can play around with different water marble pattern in no mess!
Credit: Picture from Pshiiit
I changed from using ordinary nail polish to doing acrylic nail when it was first invented for lasting result, and then to gel nail five years ago after being amazed by how easy I can do nail myself and have them last for at least 2 weeks. After all these years of testing and practices, I realize that the secret to a shiny and lasting nail lies heavily on the quality of top coat. As a person who is extremely particular with color, sometimes I go back to the use of ordinary nail polish simply because I can’t get the exact same color from gel version. And to keep the same lasting effect of gel nails, I simply top it with high quality gel top coat.
I’ve identified a few key elements for choosing good gel top coat and they are:
1. How long it lasts?
2. Shiny / glossy enough?
3. Easy to apply?
4. Smooth with no chip / peeling off?
5. Worth the price?
For all rounded performance, China Glaze Gelaze Top Coat definitely gets your thumbs up! It gives you high shine finish that last for at least 2 weeks and the pricing is simply attractive!
For beginners, I recommend Gelish Top It Off Soak Off Sealer Gel – super easy to apply and goes on even. A lot of my customers are still addicted to it and keeps using it for years!
If you have tried any OPI products before and are happy with it, this OPI Gelcolor Collection Soak Off Gel Lacquer Top Coat will be your good companion. It gives high shine finish by only applying thin layers. If you want fuller, thicker result, you can simply add on extra layers of top coat at your own choice!
If you’re not sure if gel nail is for you, this IBD Just Gel Nail Polish Top Coat is a good option. It’s one of the cheapest gel top coat available yet widely used by gel polish lovers.
I personally am a fan of Sally Hansen so here comes 3 versions of its gel top coat:
1. Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Top Coat
– High quality brush that makes applying super easy. Thin layers for those who want natural look
2. Sally Hansen Treatment Gel Shine 3D Top Coat Nail Polish
– Works well on ordinary nail polish yet doesn’t last as long as other brands
3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
– No UV/LED light needed, super easy to remove!
Quickly get one that fits your need to enjoy lasting, shiny nails that don’t chip or peel!
When I was first introduced to gel nails in 2010, I was impressed by how fast I can have my manicure done and how long my nail design could last. It immediately made acrylic nail an obsolete for it served the same function yet required much less technique and steps. I’ve totally given up acrylic nail from then onward.
Now here comes another smart tip for nail art design. In the past, coloring brushes are must have if you want to do nail drawing or really fine pattern. Now it becomes much easier – as you can use markers on gel nails to come up with whatever drawings you want! Credit to all the inspirations from friends and online (Picture’s credit: The Beauty Department & Reese Kistel). All these designs are done with the water-based metallic Sharpie(r) markers!
1. Trim your nails to the shape you like, apply base coat and cure with LED lamp
2. Apply 1 – 2 layers of nail polish
3. Draw whatever pattern you like as if you’re professional! Let them dry all the way before you move on to next step.
4. Put a clear coat on in 1 or 2 quick swipes. Note – to avoid smudging, take an ample amount of top coat on the brush and swipe fast
Now you’ve officially entered the nail art heaven!!! 🙂
Dotting nail art is easy to learn and you can come up with numerous designs with this single technique.
1. Gel nail polish x 2 colors (e.g. red as base and white as dots)
2. Dotting tools in different sizes. You can also use bobby pin, toothpick, the rubber on top of a pencil etc to produce the same effect.
* the size of the dots will depend on how hard you press down and the amount of nail polish on your dotting tool
1. Apply base coat and cure
2. Apply base color (red) to all nails. For better effect, apply two to three coats.
3. Apply dots with another nail polish color and cure. Start with the middle for easier handling. Polish will build up on your dotting tool to affect sizes of dots so clean your dotting tool regularly.
4. Finish with top coat and cure.