RED Hearts: Doable DIY Nails

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. Today’s RED Hearts post is from Alison Smith, 21, in Brooklyn, NY, who explains that complicated nail art isn't so complicated after all:

You’ve probably been seeing a lot of nail art in magazines these days. But why pay lots of money at a salon when you can DIY at home (and have more fun with it)? With some simple tools, a steady-enough hand and a tolerance for messing up a few times, you can make the most of your fingers’ ten blank canvases!

While some designs might look complicated, the nails I painted (pictured) are within your reach, promise. Striping nail art polish can be found in drugstores or online; this set is $53 for 48 colors, so really a little more than a dollar each, right?

If you like the ombre effect on my left ring finger, it’s just a matter of applying nail polish to a sponge.

For dots, yes, there are designated nail dotting tools. I used the rubbery tip of a bobby pin and it worked almost as well. Toothpicks can be effective, too.

To add objects to your nails, there are two easy approaches: for the googley eye (the smallest size available at Michael’s), I used a dot of nail glue for a secure hold. I attached the mini-rhinestones (also bought at Michael’s) with a layer of top coat.

Sure, you may not be able to pay detailed tribute to fast food restaurants right away, but even the simplest polka dots can make you look at your hands and smile. That’s the point.

RED Hearts guest poster Alison Smith is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.