How to Do Nail Art at Home Step by Step

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How to do nail art at home step by step | No worries if you don’t have any nail art tools. In this tutorial I’ll show you five amazing designs which you can make using things you already have at home. Nail art tools can be super useful when making creations on your nails, but today we’ll manage without them.

Hey loves! It’s time for another nail art tutorial and guess what?! It’s a no tool one! Well, we will be using tools, but only the ones that you can find around your house. So we’re making five beautiful designs that are super easy to make and look amazeballs. Don’t you agree? Well, if you do, here’s how you can get them too…

Sponges, tapes, band aids, pencils, pens, straws, cue tips, matches, toothpicks, nails, screws, wire, paper pins and much more… All that can be used to make fantastic nail designs art designs. I will show you five of themcnow, so let’s get started. Before applying the polish you have to protect your pretty nails with a base coat. This will help you keep them healthy and stain free!

Cute Penguin Nail Art

Cute Penguin Nail Art
Cute Penguin Nail Art

First let’s make this adorable baby penguin design. Baby penguin’s fur is light grey, while adults are black. But, I am making a fantasy penguin so I went for the blue base. Take a white polish and draw half of an oval on the bottom half of your nail. Now we need to make some bigger dots and pins will help us out here. These are great for pinning paper on a cork board, but they will work perfectly as dotting tools too.

I like to pin them in an eraser of a pencil, so they are easier to hold. Then I just use them as a regular dotting tool: dip it in white and make two large dots. Inside make two smaller black ones using smaller pins. Here I am using a pencil to make two little white dots, and then a construction nail to make two even smaller ones. I am in love with the anime inspired eyes. So adorable! All we have to do is draw a small triangle for a beak and two legs on the tip of the nail. All we got left to do is apply using a yellow polish and a pencil. Apply a generous amount of the fast drying top coat to seal the design and add some shine. Isn’t this the cutest penguin you have ever seen?!

Minion Nail Art Step by Step

Minion Nail Art Step By Step
Minion Nail Art Step By Step

Who doesn’t like Minions, right? Well I love them so I had to make a Minion nail art design. I am starting with white as a base… You’re probably thinking what the heck… minions are yellow. No worries, I started with white just because yellow polish pops so much more on top of white. White base makes them much more vibrant and bold. Starting with the goggles:

I am dipping the eraser of my pencil in silver color and making two big dots close together like that. Inside the big silver dots make smaller white ones using a q-tip. The last little detail for the eyes are the pupils, which I am making using a bobby pin. Every Minion also needs some overalls, I am drawing them very simply by sticking a piece of tape across the bottom part of the nail as a guide, and then I am just coloring the tip in blue.

Remove the tape and we’re done. To make the mouth we’ll be using a straw. Cut a piece of straw away until you’re left with half of a ring shape. Dip it in black and press it on your nail – voila our Minion just got the biggest smile. To finish this lovely design apply a layer of top coat. I love how cute and easy this design is! Perfect for an accent to a solid manicure or you can make minions on all the nails.

Watermelon Nail Art Step by Step

Watermelon Nail Art Step By Step
Watermelon Nail Art Step By Step

Let’s now move to the watermelon nail art..look at the way these hard working men are collecting watermelons so we can enjoy them..#respect. These are definitely one of my favorite summer treats, so why not having this delicious fruit on our nails? Start by applying one or two coats of red polish all over the nail as a base. Here I will be using this sticker that is used for binders as a tool to create the perfect French tip. Stick it on like this and color the bottom third of the nail in white.

Remove the sticker and wait until the white polish is completely dry. Place the sticker a bit lower now and color the tip in green. Did you know that you can also use a piece of wire for nail art? I found this one in my father’s garage and it works great. So I am just making a few dark green patches on top of the lighter green. With a toothpick dipped in black I am drawing some watermelon seeds. I don’t like my watermelon to have too much seeds so I am just making a row of them. The only thing left to do is applying a top coat and we’re finished.

On my right hand I’ll show you how to incorporate this lovely watermelon design into an easy and pretty mix & match mani. I painted my nails in red except for the thumb and middle finger, which I colored green. On the ring finger we are making a watermelon in the same way as before, just that here I am using a band aid to make a French tip. As you can see it works just as great as the binder stickers.

This way you can create white French tips or maybe go for colored ones  – such an easy and quick way to get a fun manicure. On the middle finger I am drawing some random dark green lines just as the ones watermelons have. These don’t have to be perfect, in fact, they should not be perfect. Using a paper clip and dotting motion I am drawing some curved lines along the nail. I did the same design on my thumb.

Lastly, with the black give your watermelon a few seeds. On the pointer and pinky I am making a small dot just to kind of bring together all the designs into a nice, fun watermelon mix and match nail art. These nails look so summery and delicious, don’t they?

Blue Skies and White Fluffy Clouds Nail Art

Blue Skies And White Fluffy Clouds
Blue Skies And White Fluffy Clouds

I absolutely love nail art designs that include blue skies and white fluffy clouds. Here’s a cute variation that we are making today. Start by applying a medium blue polish as a base. Time to prove that matches can work as a great dotting tool too – just dip one in a white and make a group of dots close together until you get a cloud shape. Make several clouds to fill all the empty spaces on your nail but make sure they are big enough, because we still have to draw their pretty faces on.

I am drawing faces to only three of the clouds but you can do it on all if you prefer. With a construction nail make a pair of eyes. For the mouth I am using a straw, just like I did for the Minion. I really love using straw for such curved lines. Like that, our clouds are now happy and smiley. To add some extra sweetness to the clouds, I am drawing cheeks to each of them. Just dip a match into light pink, make two dots and our clouds are finished, looking so cute. Well, one thing is missing and that’s a top coat which will seal everything in place and protect the design from chipping. How gorgeous are these? Ahhh… I am obsessed.

Ocean Nail Art Design

Ocean Nail Art Design
Ocean Nail Art Design

Last but definitely not least we are making this ocean nail art design, perfect for the summer days. Paint your nail in light blue. Deep down on the bottom of the sea we have to make the blue darker and mysterious because the light can’t reach it in all it’s power. So let’s make a gradient using 3 shades of blue and a cosmetic sponge. Dab the sponge on the nail and here it is a beautiful blue gradient.

Clean the skin around your nail with a q-tip soaked in acetone. Our ocean is now ready to be decorated with sand, fish, corals and all that cool stuff. In the corner I am making a little golden patch for the sand. For the fish we first need to make a big dot. An awesome tool for this is a wooden dowel pin. I moved recently and got so many of these when I purchased furniture. So dip it in white and press on the nail to form a perfect dot. For the tail I am using a toothpick and simply drawing a triangle with it. I made my fish white here but now I am coloring it in yellow. If yellow is used directly on top of blue the color you get is normally more green -ish so a white base is a must!

Now our little fishy is bright and vibrant! Add some oxygen baubles using white polish and a piece of wire. For the eyes, dip the toothpick in black and make a simple dot. To fill in the empty part of the nail you can draw more fish, or a coral like me. For this I will be using an old pen that stopped working. Dip it in red nail polish and draw several curved lines using stippling motion. Super easy!

To make the coral look more realistic I am making a lot of small white dots all over. Once again I am using a construction nail to do it. I tell you guys – a garage is a great place to look for nail art tools. Lastly apply a layer of the fast drying top coat to protect this masterpiece!

This design is just super interesting, full and summery. Makes me wanna travel to some exotic places so badly. Here’s a little recap of everything you can use for your nail art, and you most probably already have at home. There’s surely much else you can use to create awesome designs, just check out the back of your drawers, I think you can find many interesting things.

So these were my 5 nail art ideas using DIY tools.  I really hope you like this How to do nail art at home step by step tutorial and let me know which one was your favorite. I really like how all of them turned out, but probably my faves are the penguin and the fish.

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