Hey, Hola, Hoi!
Welcome to Nailistic! If you are reading this that means that you are ready to unleash your full creative potential. My name is Kristina, and in this blog I will share quick and easy nail design tips that will help you add a little bit more flair to your personal style.
Just to tell you a little bit about me: I’m 21 years old; I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and I am currently in my last year of university. I started with nail art as a hobby 2-3 years ago. In my free time I look up video tutorials or blog posts online and try to recreate those looks.
One of the biggest issues that I always encountered was that a lot of the products that were mentioned in those tutorials I couldn’t get my hands on. Those were usually products from the US or small brands that did not ship to Europe.
Having dealt with that for quite some time I have found a lot of great dupes or solutions that I want to share with you guys! In this blog I will talk about products and brands that you can easily find in the Netherlands and I will show you how to use them to create fun and playful designs.
Lets start with basics. Let me first tell you about the most useful tools you are going to need.
1. Nail foils, Q-tips and a pair of scissors
I am sure almost most of us girls already have these essentials in our arsenal of beauty tools. We will use them too from time to time for our designs. Nail foils will help us to shape our nails in the way we want them for our design, the small scissors will come in handy to treat our cuticles or to cut some of the materials. I also love using Q-tips to remove the excess nail polish from the sides of my nails and from my cuticles.
2. Scotch tape
You must think that tape is a rather unconventional material for nail art and you are probably right, but I have found so many creative ways to use it for our benefit! For examples you can tape the sides of your nails before putting on the nail polish to prevent it from transferring.
3. Kitchen or shower sponges
Another tool that might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about nails! But trust me, you can use sponges to create stunning ombre-effect designs.
4. Dotting tools and brushes
To be very honest with you – I almost never use brushes. This little black one is actually the only nail art brush that I own and I can recall using it only once or twice. However, this dotting tool I find very practical and use it regularly. Both the brush and the dotting tool are from Essence – a very affordable brand you can easily find in your local Kruidvat. I really like this dotting tool in particular because it is double-ended. The smaller and bigger ends allow me to make dots in different sizes.
5. Nail tape/strips and tooth floss sticks
These bizarre tools are actually my favorite to use! It is a bit tricky to find the nail tapes (sometimes called nail strips) but I found in my local dollar store and you can also easily order them online. On the other hand, the tooth floss sticks you can find in most of the supermarkets and drugstores. I usually use the sharp tips to make lines or separate the polish a little bit, but you would be surprised how many creative designs you can create with the floss part of it!
6. Glitters, pearls and studs
Anyone who knows me can tell you – I am not big on sparkly and shiny in my personal style. However, there are ways of using glitter to create stunning designs and I am very excited to share with you how I like to implement glitter in nail art.
I hope you have been taken notes because next week I will share my first tutorial with you 🙂