Jul 21, 2011
I have a few questions.
I have short nails. I mean my nails do not extend past the edge of my fingertip. That's what I prefer.
I was wanting to know - is it possible to do awesome stuff (nail art, etc) on my nails?
What kind of cosmetic or arts & crafts brushes should I use for nail art? Or are there any "special" nail art brushes I should check out? Let me know.
I use China Glaze & Sinful colors for the most part. I need to know of a great base and top coat for nails.
Let me know! Thanks :)
Of course you can do nail art on short nails! My nails don't generally grow much past where my fingers end, and I love doing nail art. A lot of youtube tutorials show long nails, but they can usually be adapted for shorter nails.
I use a set of 15 nail art brushes from ebay- they were really cheap and really easy to use :) I think craft brushes would work just as well, but I have a feeling they'd be more expensive.
I'll definitely have to look for them, then! Thanks! :) Yay for short nails!
Some good brushes are found at Sally Hansen and Ulta and I even know someone who found some at Claire's. Short nail art designs really fun and easy you just need to make sure you know how to do them. You can take any design you want it's just how well you detail that matters. Anyways I use Opi's Topcoat but I don't like the way it loses its glow after a couple days. Rimmel's topcoat is good and Seche Vite is supposed to be better. I don't use base coats because I redo my nails every week but I think CND is pretty good.
I second the Seche Vite as a topcoat - I won't use anything else. For nail brushes I use art brushes from Michaels, but you have to find the smallest and stiffest ones there.
My nails are sometimes long, sometimes short, but I do art on them both ways - but I actually prefer short for art. With short nails I feel like you can make a more intricate design and have it be "cute" rather than "tacky."
Jul 22, 2011
Yeah, you just wont have as much nail to work with. :) You can buy nail art polishes pretty much anywhere! I usually get the LA Colors ones for $1 at Dollar General or Freds and they work just fine. The brush is really skinny so it makes it easier to do designs with rather than your typical thick brush. You could probably wash the nail polish off the brush and dip it into your China Glaze polishes. Of course if you don't want to go through the trouble just use art brushes. You can also get dotting tools at places like Sally's Beauty Supply, or you can just straighten out a bobby pin and use the round side, or a toothpick works good too.
Seche Vite is my favorite top coat BY FAR! It gets thick pretty quick (after about half the bottle is gone) but it's totally worth it!
As for a base coat I use China Glaze's base coat and so far it seems to work really well!!
1- Of COURSE you can do nail art! If I were you I would use a more vertical style, like lines or something that extends up the nail, to make them look longer.
2- Go to the dollar store lol! =P It's best that you use synthetic brushes. You really just want to get some thinner brushes. Like, they may almost look too thin, but you'd be surprised.
3- REVLON EXTRA LIFE NO CHIP TOP COAT.
I am gonna make this top coat famous if it kills me. I did my nails a week and a half ago, went on vacation to Quebec for a week, partied EVERY night and did all kinds of day trips and stuff, and my nails actually still look alright. Obviously there are some that have died, but right now I would say that 2 out of 10 nails are bad enough to bother me (and that doesn't take much). FREAKING. AMAZING. And it's so shiny!
PS- If you use OPI's drip dry, any top coat will dry as fast as Seche Vite, in my opinion. Hope this helps! <3<3
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