How To Do Nail Art At Home? – With Detailed Steps And Pictures August 19, 2016

Nails have become a huge fashion statement for women across the world. Every girl likes to get them done in order to look unique and fabulous. Yet, not all of us have the time to visit the parlor to try out some of the most amazing and beautiful designs created of late. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get it done either. Nail art is done with creative designs using different art forms.

How To Do Nail Art At Home?

Our readers sent several requests on covering ‘easy nail art designs at Home’. Here is a Simple Chevron Tip Nail Art that needs no professional experience or tools.

To sport this nail art, you will need

  • A base coat
  • A top coat
  • Use any two nail paints that you like. We used a pink and a purple polish here.
  • A white polish
  • A dotting tool or a toothpick.

Chevron Tip Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1

The first step is to prepare your nails. So

  • Properly file your nails
  • Push cuticles with the help of an orange stick
  • Buff nails
  • Make sure that there is no moisture in your nails.

Step 2

The second step to getting beautiful nail art is to apply your base coat.

Step 3

The third step starts once the base coat dries completely. Apply a coat of pink polish and purple polish (on ring finger). Repeat this twice.

Step 4

To create a chevron tip,

Take the purple polish and apply it diagonally from the left side of the nail.

  • Fill in the remaining part of the nail below the diagonal
  • Repeat the same stroke from the right side of the nail (as shown in right picture).

Step 5

Now let it dry and if necessary, repeat the process to apply a second coat. Remember, on the ring finger, create the chevron tip using pink polish. This is what your nails would look like thereafter.

Step 6

The next step is to use a toothpick and dip it in the white polish. Place some big white dots on tips of your nails. The picture below showcases how the dots would look.

Step 7

Give a good finishing touch to the dots. Dip a toothpick in pink polish and draw a dot inside each white dot on all fingers except the ring finger. Use a purple polish for the ring finger. The picture below shows how the dots would look.

Step 8

Now we are done with the creating part. For the last bit, use a polish remover with a thin brush to clean up the cuticle stains. This step is necessary to give a neat look.

Aren’t you surprised? I am sure you are. A little patience and imagination can help you save a lot of your time and money. Doing nail art at home isn’t that difficult after all. You can try various nail arts with different colors. You may also try and alternate the base color for various looks.

Nail art has certainly become an easy affair because of the amazing tutorials uploaded on YouTube.

Best Nail Art Videos – Top 10

If you are willing to explore and experiment with a couple of nail art designs, go through our list of the top 10 videos that you could use to prep and glam up your nails. Whether you are a girly girl or a tomboy, you will surely find something suitable and worth trying here!

1. Strawberry Gingham Nail Art Tutorial

The Strawberry Gingham Nail Tutorial is for all the girly girls. If you are looking for something that will shine out and give you a unique and attractive appearance, then this one is perfect. The materials required for this nail art tutorial are a simple base coat, white polish, two shades of pink (dark and light), red and green nail pens, pointed dotting tool and a fine nail art brush. All you have to do is follow the video carefully and use the steps shown. If you mess it up, don’t worry! There is always a second time. Keep a piece of cloth and some cotton near you in case you need to wipe up a mess.

2. Easy Flower Nail Art

The Easy Flower Nail Art is simple and easy to do, just like its name. If you are an art lover and are experimenting with your nails for the first time, consider this tutorial. All the guidelines and steps have been shown well. Just follow them all and try them on your nails. At the end of it, you will surely see a smooth, delicate and elegant appearance on your nails. You could try this design for any occasion. It is suited for all ages and requires a simple base coat, some light pink, white and black nail color. A match stick should also be kept handy.

3. Dotted Nail Art Tutorial

The Dotted Nail Art Tutorial looks interesting, bright and super fun. It is not just glamorous, but also attractive and radiant. You could get this done if you are going for a rave party or a fun-filled carnival, or a concert or fest. The bright and beautiful colors will glam up the look of your nails and you will become the topic of conversation among your friends. You will require silver nail polish, glitter, peach, green, purple and a few other colors of your choice for this design.

4. Pink Cherry Blossom Nail Art

The Pink Cherry Blossom Nail Art is very beautiful and pretty to look at. It is a different design compared to the rest, and something that requires a whole lot of technique and precision. You will have to use two different shades of pink for this tutorial. Use a bright pink and a light one. Also, keep a matchstick or a pen near you in order to create the design. Follow all the guidelines shown and within 10 minutes, your nails will look as fashionable and pretty as you are.

5. One Direction Nail Art

As we all know, there are millions of One Direction fans all over the world today. This boy band has been such a success over the past few years that teenagers have started to wear them on

t-shirts, attires, personal accessories and even their nails. If you are someone who loves One Direction, this nail art tutorial has been made just for you. Use the steps shown here and follow them carefully. You will surely make a whole lot of girls in your college jealous with this fancy and lovely design.

6. Pastel Cupcake Nails

The Pastel Cupcake Nails is very feminine and adorable. This is a great nail art design for the summer months and has been made especially for those ladies who are fond of cakes, sweets, pastries and cupcakes. Not only does this design reflect your love for confectioneries but it also gives you a girly and pretty appearance. Try this out and you will surely not regret.

7. Vintage Rose Floral Nail Art

The Vintage Rose Floral Nail Art is a great idea for all those women who are trying to experiment with different kinds of designs. This tutorial reflects a classy mood, and makes your nail look elegant and glamorous. This is suitable for all kinds of occasions and is definitely something you should try. Also, be with a friend while doing this. In case you are unable to do the nail art on your right hand, your companion can certainly help you out.

8. Mickey Mouse Nail Art

Are you a fan of cartoons? Do you still love watching Mickey Mouse Club House on television? Are Disney characters your favorite? Well, if the answers to all these questions are a ‘yes’, you might want to make use of this amazing and beautiful Mickey Mouse Nail Art. Not only does this look girly, but also very young and preppy. The design is soulful and brings out the child inside you. If you love to experiment, this one is just perfect.

9. Neon Pop Nail Art

The Neon Pop Nail Art is for all the tomboys. This design is cool and fun to look at. You could use a whole lot of colors while doing this, and get it done within 10 minutes approx. The design is perfect for those girls who enjoy being wild.

10. Smiley Nail Art Tutorial

The Smiley Nail Art Tutorial offers an adorable design for all young women and teenagers. You will require red, yellow and black nail colors for this tutorial. You also need a match stick to prepare the design. If you are going out with your friends today, this piece of art would be ideal for you!

How To Make Nail Art Last Longer?

Doing nail art on your nails can be a tedious job and how much time can it last – a few days maximum. But how to make nail art last longer?

How long does nail art last depends on many factors like application, technique, materials used, wear and tear and importantly the base. Here are some tips and tricks that will make nail painting a pleasure and what’s more important – the result will last longer!

Step 1

Before painting your nails, dip your fingers in cider-, or apple vinegar for a few minutes and allow them to dry naturally. The polish will stick to your fingernails and not to the natural oil on the surface of these.

Step 2

Another method would be to remove all the residue and oil from your nails with soaking your hands in lukewarm, soapy water and scrubbing them slightly with a cloth. The nail polish will be applied on a clean and dry surface.

Step 3

You can also soak your nails into lemon juice for about 8-10 minutes; it will instantly brighten your nails and banish yellowness.

Step 4

Applying a base coat is essential in order to protect the nail from staining – highly recommended by the nail specialists.

Step 5

Apply your nail polish in thin coats – if applied in thick layers, your polish will only peel. Let these layers dry naturally, give some time for coats to adhere to your nails.

The applied top coat can be hardened – after finishing your nail polishing soak your hands into cold water for several minutes.

Step 6:

If you are using nail embellishments like rhinestones etc. use nail glue to stick them and apply top coat generously.

Step 7:

You can also increase the life of the nail art, if you apply a thin coat of topcoat every day. It might seem too demanding however it is worth trying.

Step 8:

Shaking the nail polish bottle is forbidden as it only makes it full of air bubbles – instead, roll it between your palms. This is most important point…if you have bubbles in your nail polish the nail art will not look pretty.

Step 9:

To make base nail polish of your nail art last longer especially on the tips of your nails, brush it across the tips horizontally.

Step 10:

If you have done some easy design of nail art using lots of rhinestones etc. then avoid using your nails as tools, instead use the pads of your fingers when you grab, reach or type.

Step 11:

Finally moisturize your hands daily in order to prevent the nail polish/nail art from cracking; if your hands are dry, polish is prone to deteriorating. If you wish you can use olive oil as a natural moisturizer. You can also use cuticle oil for healthy nails and cuticles.

Step 12:

Allow the nail color to dry for a longer time. Giving it a plenty of dry time makes the color or the nail art last for long time.
Hope the next time you make a nail art, may you follow these golden tips to last the nail art long enough to worth the effort and time taken during the application. If you have any more tips, please share by commenting below.

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  • Tarani

    Nice NOTD Dimpal nice article …. :)

    • Dimpal

      aaww thnk u Tarani :)

  • Chitra

    good nail art design dimpel… i’ll try it out…. :)

    • Dimpal

      thnx Chitra , i would love to see it :)

  • Chahna

    pretty good nail art nice…. i luv it… :)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u sweet :)

  • Eshani

    Thanks for the simple tutorial. A little difficult to procure the items but should be doable. Can you also tell me where i can get a dotting tool?

    • Dimpal

      Eshani, u can use any polish combination available, instead of dotting tool u can use bobby pin or toothpick.. u can order dotting tool online on some sites like urbantouch

      • Eshani

        Thanks Dimpal. Yes, Urbantouch seems to carry a good range of Nail art equipment. Will definitely try this one this week.

        • Dimpal

          ur most welcome.. plz if possible do share pics here :)

        • Dimpal

          Eshani, I just checked violate bag has set of dotting tool at very reasonable price.

          • Eshani

            Thanks Dimpal, will definitely check it out.

  • anuhya

    Nice tutorial.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u :)

  • Nimrata

    Really nice intro tutorial to do nail art. Urbantouch has a good variety of nail art tools that you can try yourself at home.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u … yeh they do have.. its really good to see those things available straight to us .otherwise getting nail art done from saloons is an ache :)

  • Deepakshi

    Wow. Really gorgeous nail art and you make it look so simple. I am wondering where to start off. There have been so many nail art how to’s recently that i am totally in love with this art now :)

    • Dimpal

      i am so glad u like it Deepakshi,.. yeah u r right.. i was in same condition when i started .. so many good art all over and cldnt really decide how and where to start ..i started doing the with very basics and still learning :)

  • Pavitra

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial. This looks like a very simple design that I can try at home. It is really bothersome with salons as they charge a bomb for even simple nail arts. Following you right away.

    • Dimpal

      thnk u Pavitra. i am glad i cld help.. ur right salons are bothersome.. one have to have enough time to go there and pay tht prices.. other than tht whtever i create on my nail whether it is good or bad i feel proud to say tht i did it..u knw wht i mean.. :)

  • becky

    hey! lovely article dimpal
    Great article for beginners i must say! will try this right away.
    Bring in more girl:)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u dear..i wil try my best :)

  • Krishna

    This one is the best nail tutorials i have come across!! really loved the colourful color combination…;) i guess i can use green and blue.. too.. :) im surely gonna try this weekend..

    • Dimpal

      oh green and blue would love awesome :)

  • dontha bharani

    i wanted to know how to do nail art at house.pls may i know by tommorrow including method and pics of it

    • Dimpal

      i think i just showed u one way :)

  • Taranjeet

    Simple and nice tutorial.. It needs a lot of time i guess to do it.. my hands shake a lot.. and im not so perfect in doing these.. but would love to try it out once.. :)

    • Dimpal

      taranjeet.. i know it looks hard at the beginning with all tht drying time and shaking hands but give it a try….put both of ur hands on a tough support and thn paint thm ..i hope tht wll help :)

  • Tarani

    wow! Its so simple and pretty, will love to try it soon:)

    • Dimpal

      thnk u .. i would live to her how it came out..

  • anu

    wow its so simpl yar i will try it very soon

  • nithya

    these are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these r vry easy ya



  • Shivani Prabhu

    SO easyy

  • Shivani Prabhu

    <3 it………

  • prasanna

    it is nice

  • Shruti Goenka

    I would like to try this in the festive season. Thanks for sharing :)

  • swathimaha

    hi dimpal,this is soooo easy and very nice and beautiful.

  • priyanshi

    it is beautiful

  • ariana

    so nce

  • Abeba Woldekidan

    Hi Teams, I am interest in your discussion pls contact
    me on

  • http://facebook maya khan

    simple and decent nail art♥

  • Anonymous

    Having had my nails done at a nail salon for many years; I perfected doing nail art for myself for more than 20 years, saving a ton of money! I learned nail art by observing having my nails done over the years; stopped going because the technician wore a mask but never offered clients one. I am asthmatic, the fumes really got to be problematic for me – solution, I began doing my own! I now have 3 great-grand-daughters, and they enjoy me doing their nails twice a month!

    Great Nana Bam

  • anupama

    This is so simple

  • Simi

    I like it . It is awesome.