Nail Candy: 50+ Ideas for Totally Cool Nails

Nail Candy: 50+ Ideas for Totally Cool Nails

by Donne and Ginny Geer


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From tough leather-and-spike looks to sweet and simple polka dots, from hilarious comic-book nails to far-out galaxy ’dos, this book will teach anyone how to give themselves truly creative manicures—without a trip to the salon.

Nail Candy is a breath of fresh air for nail-art enthusiasts—it’s sassy, fun, and full of DIY nail art tutorials that anyone can do. It contains more than 50 ideas presented in full-color photographs and cute line-art illustrations that show readers exactly how to achieve a certain style, ranging from arty to girlish to hardcore and more. Readers will learn how to mask their nails off to create simple patterns, use simple tools like striping brushes and dotting tools, add studs and decals for edgy flare, and create more ambitious paintings that rival works of art.

Selected ideas include:

• Sunset Silhouettes
• Stained Glass
• Sailor Knots
• Tiny Tuxes
• Geeky Video-Game Mani
• MIrrorball Nails
• Dia de los Muertos Mani
• Laser Nails
• Harajuku Style
• Splatter Paint
• Ikat Style
• Wingtip Mani
• Feathery Fingertips

... and more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616284923
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sisters Donne and Ginny Geer have turned their passion for nail art into a way of life. Their own nail salon in Long Beach, California—Hey, Nice Nails!—serves as a haven for anyone seeking more than the average manicure. Fans outside of California can get their fix at the sisters' Etsy shop that features custom and hand-painted acrylics, and from browsing their blog's tutorials or their daily Instagram shots.

The young entrepreneurs have been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, Allure, Marie Claire, StyleList, and MTV's style blog, and they've been raved about throughout the happening nail-art blogosphere. From elegant to funky to downright silly, the duo's nail designs are like candy to a generation of girls.

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Prep Your Nails for a Perfect Mani


Cotton Balls
Polish Remover
Antibacterial Soap
Nail Brush
Orangewood or Plastic Cuticle Pusher
Chemical Cuticle Remover
Cuticle Nippers
Cuticle Oil

STEP 1  To remove your old polish before starting a new manicure, soak a cotton ball in an acetone-based polish remover and apply it to your nails. Hot tip: Don’t scrub your nail with the cotton—instead, press on the nail until the remover soaks in. The polish will slide right off. Easy!

STEP 2  Wash your hands with a mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Use a brush to scrub underneath the nails and along the sides to remove any traces of oil or dirt.

STEP 3  Be sweet to your cuticles: Gently use an orangewood or a plastic cuticle pusher to push back any skin growing on the nail plate. If you have stubborn or overgrown cuticles, apply a chemical cuticle remover according to the manufacturer’s directions.

STEP 4  If you have any hangnails or pieces of skin that are loose or jagged, snip them off carefully using your cuticle nippers. Be very careful not to pull on the skin as you trim or you’ll hurt yourself—cuticles are delicate business.

STEP 5  Wash your hands again with soap and warm water, then apply cuticle oil to the areas where you pushed or nipped for an intense boost of hydration. Be sure to moisturize your hands with your favorite lotion, too. Dry cuticles are the enemy of excellent nail art!

STEP 6  Before you paint, use a cotton ball soaked in acetone to clean the nails—this prevents the polish from chipping or peeling, making your mani go the extra mile.

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