Nail Art

Nail art is the practice of decorating nails with intricate designs, patterns, and embellishments. It’s a form of self-expression and beauty that can range from simple polish applications to elaborate artwork using various tools and techniques.

Description and How to Do It

To create nail art, you start with a clean, shaped nail as your canvas. Techniques can include painting with brushes, sponging, stamping, applying stickers or decals, and using materials like glitter, rhinestones, or foil. Advanced methods might involve gel polish and UV lamps for long-lasting designs.


  • Creativity: Offers a platform for artistic expression on a small scale.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Enhances precision and dexterity through detailed work.
  • Self-Care: Engaging in nail art can be a relaxing and rewarding self-care activity.
  • Trend Awareness: Keeps you connected to fashion and beauty trends.

Best Age to Start

While simple nail painting can be suitable for children, more intricate nail art techniques are better suited for teenagers and adults, typically starting around the ages of 12 or 13.


  • Websites: Fashion and beauty blogs for inspiration and tutorials.
  • YouTube: Channels dedicated to nail art techniques and design ideas.
  • Books: “DIY Nail Art” by Catherine Rodgers (available on Amazon) for easy-to-follow nail art designs.

Equipment and Costs

  • Nail Polish: $5-$15 per bottle, depending on brand and quality.
  • Basic Tools: Brushes, dotting tools, and striping tape, $10-$20 for a set.
  • Embellishments: Rhinestones, stickers, glitter, $5-$15 for assorted packs.
  • Gel Polish and UV Lamp (for gel nails): $20-$50 for starter kits; lamps can range from $20-$100.

Starting Tips

  • Practice basic designs like dots, stripes, or simple flowers to build your skill.
  • Use a base coat to protect your nails and a top coat to seal your designs.
  • Experiment with different colors and textures to find what you enjoy.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Frequent practice, such as weekly, helps improve skill and allows for experimentation with new designs and techniques.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master a wide range of techniques, from hand-painting to applying embellishments.
  • Stay updated on trends and continuously incorporate new ideas into your designs.
  • Share your work on social media or blogs to inspire others and gain feedback.

Renowned Nail Artists

  • Madeline Poole is known for her editorial work and polish collaborations.
  • Sophy Robson, is a celebrity and fashion runway nail artist.