Who does not love freshly manicured nails? But with getting them done by a professional isn’t an option for most people due to the lockdown. So, take this opportunity to level up your manicure game by adding a few new manicure techniques to your arsenal.

Don’t have a steady hand or access to fancy manicure tools? Fret not, you don’t need those. These five nail art techniques that we’re about to show you are super easy to create and can be done using tools lying around in your house. Excited? Let’s begin.


1. Splatter nails

01. Splatter nails

As the name suggests, this nail art design involves splattering one colour over a neutral base to make it look like a work of art. And guess what, the only tools you’ll require are an old toothbrush and your favourite nail paints. Simply paint your nails with a white base, dip your toothbrush in any bright nail colour, and splatter it for a quick and simple manicure design.

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2. Geometric designs

02. Geometric designs

This is one of those techniques that can be used to recreate multiple designs using just one readily available tool – tape. Start by painting your nails in the base colour of your choice. Then, use tapes to create any pattern you like and apply another nail paint of your choice on the areas not covered by the tape. Once the polish dries down, simply strip off the tape and voila! you’ll have a geometrical masterpiece ready to be flaunted.

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3. Gradient effect

03. Gradient effect

All of us have scraps of sponge lying around the house. Why not use them to create chic ombre designs? Simply apply a thick layer of two or more colours horizontally on the sponge. Press the sponge on your nails to create a quick and pretty, gradient nail art design.

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4. Polka dots

04. Polka dots

If you want to give yourself a super quick manicure, then let the classic polka dots lead the way. All you need is two contrasting nail polish colours and a bobby pin. Start by painting your nails with one of the two colours you’ve picked and allow it to dry completely. Next, dip the round tip of the bobby pin in the other colour and apply it to your nails to create polka dots. It doesn’t get any easier than this.


5. Marker art

05. Marker art

If you have markers lying around in the house, you can use them to create designs on your nails. Apply white nail paint as the base colour to make your design pop. You can draw stripes, cute flowers or even create a gradient effect using two or more markers.

Image courtesy: @nailsdidbyliz

Main image courtesy: @polished_yogi and @gosiapio_nailart