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4 ridiculously easy nail art designs

Want to be a nail art pro (or at least look like one)? Rita Remark, lead artist for Essie Canada, shares four easy tricks that will give your nails fresh-out-of-the-salon look.

By Today's Parent

4 ridiculously easy nail art designs

Easy DIY nail art designs

Marble Manicure

1. Apply base coat to prevent streaking. Let dry.


2. Paint nails with 2 coats of opaque white polish.


3. Once completely dry, dip a toothpick or eyeliner brush into dark polish and make small, veiny squiggles on nails.


4. Allow to dry completely and finish with topcoat.


Watch how it's done here.

4 ridiculously easy nail art designsPhoto: Roberto Caruso and Erik Putz

Metallic Nail stripe

1. Apply 2 coats of polish.


2. Once nails are completely dry, cut metallic nail tape into strips of varying thicknesses. Using tweezers, apply strips randomly or in a pattern, trimming excess with cuticle scissors.


3. Seal tape with topcoat.

Watch how it's done here.

4 ridiculously easy nail art designsPhoto: Roberto Caruso and Erik Putz

Matte + dots

1. Paint nails with 2 coats of your favourite dark shade of polish. Allow to dry completely.


2. Apply a clear matte topcoat.


3. Pour a tiny amount of polish into a dish. Dip a bobby pin into polish and press dots onto nails (press harder for larger dots).


4. Allow to dry completely. Do not apply topcoat.

Watch how it's done here.

4 ridiculously easy nail art designsPhoto: Roberto Caruso and Erik Putz

Negative-space manicure

1. Cut masking or painters’ tape into various sizes of triangles to fit nails. Place triangles at the base of nails, smoothing out air bubbles.


2. Apply 2 coats of polish.


3. Once polish is almost completely dry, use tweezers to peel off tape, starting at bottom of each triangle.


4. Finish with topcoat.

Watch how it's done here.

4 ridiculously easy nail art designsPhoto: Roberto Caruso and Erik Putz

Read more: How to do a reverse French manicure How to find the right colour corrector for you How to multimask like a pro

This article was originally published on May 20, 2016
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