Nail art is in vogue, whether you are a fashionista or a regular person. One look at shabby nails and the effort of dressing up is washed down the drain. Well maintained nails are a sign of physical hygiene as well. Most women go one step further by turning boring nail paint into a work of art.
There are many variation of nail art offered at nail salons. Like art, only the technique used can be discussed, for the design is up to the nail technician’s talent. The procedure of nail art requires products of different colours and specific tools which vary according to the technique used.
Nail art types
When it comes to types, there are many. Nail salons either use one method or a combination of methods to create unique attractive designs. A few techniques are easy to replicate on your own, but perfecting the tricky ones requires the expertise of a nail technician. The different types of nail art are:
• Stamping: The name gives it away. The easiest of all nail art techniques, in stamping there are pre-cut images and patterns that is laid over the nail and painted upon. The range of images varies from designs in animal prints to abstract motifs. Although it looks simple to perform, only an expert knows how to angle and pick off the design without smudging.
• Sponging: The most important tool here is a sponge. The utility of a sponge extends to blending of two or more colours or in building the colour intensity. If you are looking at gradient nail art or galaxy, sponging is the technique you need to master. An attractive design idea is overlay of patterns. The technician first starts off with a gradient base and paints over a stamp design with another contrasting colour allowing the base colour to show on the edges. If using tape as a stencil, then the base colour peeks through the top coat. If you are in a hurry, this technique will leave your nails looking fab in no time.
• Taping: Think of this method as stamping replaced by a tape. Apart from creating designs, this technique is useful in creating the French manicure or half -moon designs by keeping the lines crisp.
• Dotting: The dotting nail art requires a tool to create the dots. The dots are arranged in a pattern to create lines or designs like a flower. The beauty of this technique lies in its versatility. The dotted pattern is either the sole design or is used in addition to sponging and stamping. You can keep the design simple enough to wear to work or make it elaborate for a special occasion. The most common dotted nails are polka dots with a small cute bow.
Almost all the designs that you see is a combination of two or more types. Few nail salons create their own trademark decals that are exclusive. A nail technician would also willingly create a unique hand drawn pattern if you request for one.