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How to Do a Nail Art Design with Lines

Learn how to do nail art designs with lines from Megan Toth in this Howcast nail art tutorial.


Nail pens are really hot this year. They make it very easy for people at home to do very intricate designs and fun drawings on their nails. If you don't have a dotting tool or paints and brushes and things like that, you can go out and grab one of these. I have a bunch of Sally Hanson nail art pens. You can just get them at a drug store and tons of fun, different colors and you can just basically, do whatever you want on your nails with these. It's really fun.

We're going to do something today. It's a simple nail pen design, like a wavy design. The key to using nail art pens, you want to make sure that your base color is completely dry before you start. If it's not, the nail art pen won't glide properly, it'll clump in the nail polish, it'll just make a mess. So make sure that it's dry. Also, shake your nail art pen before you start, but make sure the cap is on every time you shake it or you're going to get paint everywhere and nobody likes that.

These nail art pens, when you get them on your skin on your cuticles, try to get that off right away. It's a lot harder to get off than regular nail polish on your skin, so keep that in mind when you're working. Okay, so we're going to take an orange, a lighter green, and a purple and start in the corner, and just kind of use three-quarter circles with each color. Use them in a way that you aren't touching the same color together twice.

Whenever you're doing anything like this, you know it's not just up to your right hand to do all the work. You can move your left hand to position it, so it makes life easier for your right hand. It takes two to tango. Kind of like a bunch of little rainbows on your nail. If you're not getting enough paint out of it, just go ahead and dab it on a paper towel.

Sometimes these nail art pens don't glide very easily. Sometimes they just get a little touchy, so you just have to get a bit of a lighter touch with them. Your options are really endless when it comes to these pens. You can sign your name on your nails, draw a picture of your cat, which I would do. You can use all sorts of different color combinations for different seasons, really. Then you put a top coat on top of that and there you have a little simple idea for using some nail art pens.

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