New to nail art? Here’s what you need to know from people who have “been there, done that.”
Advice for Beginners from Nail Artists Who Have “Been There”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nail It! fans are the best, most attractive, most talented readership on the planet and we couldn’t be luckier. This became even more apparent when we asked our lovely readers to share their best advice with nail art beginners and were overwhelmed by the amount of incredible, well thought out and knowledgeable responses we received.
If you’re new to the nail art community, welcome and get comfortable because you’ve just sat down to your first Nail Art 101 class. Today you’ll learn exactly what it takes to be a successful nail artist from other nail artists who have been on square one and with much practice and dedication, have improved their nail art game by dividends. Below, advice from the best nail artists on the planet: your peers!
Work on your technique first, nail art will come later.
Practice! And don’t be afraid to try new things. Nail fails aren’t really fails, just learning experiences.
Take your time learning the basics. Don’t compare yourself to other artists that have been doing it longer. Go at your own pace and have fun!
Practice makes perfect is the absolute key in nail art. Watch a lot of YouTube to see how different techniques go and try them with your own vision.
Use thin layers! Don’t start the next step until the previous layer has dried. And!, don’t drink coffee or soda beforehand. 😋 It doesn’t help with shaky hands!
Believe in yourself and don’t stop after you’ve failed cause it’s all part of a journey. If you can imagine it, you can manifest it into nail art!
Just because something works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you. Experiment with different tools, base/topcoats and techniques until you figure out what you like best.
My best advice for beginner nail artists: Take your time!!! I feel too much importance is put on “faster” sets. Too many mistakes happen this way, especially when you’re first starting out. Take your time to ensure all steps are done correctly and to the best of your ability. The more you do this, the better your abilities will get and your time will naturally improve. Your nail work will be much cleaner and your clients will thank you for it ❤️❤️. PS… Never stop learning, always take new classes and learn new techniques; stay up to date with the industry!
Be yourself and be original. Take time to believe in yourself. When I started, I already had a bit of an advantage being an artist myself. I took my skills from being an art major and put them on a smaller canvas. Watching tutorials on YouTube also greatly helped with anything that I had trouble or any concerns about. I first started with nail polish and worked my way into acrylic paint. I’m still new in the game and am definitely not the best but confidence is key. Keep posting your work; you’ll have new followers all the time.
Think quality more than quantity: pay attention to lighting when taking your pics and always make sure your cuticles are clean. Background is important as well. If other nail artists inspire you, recreate their manis. Get into groups of challenges which will help you grow with a good support system. Don’t hesitate to reach out to more experienced nail artists to get their advice and opinions. FB groups are great for that. 😉
Three things for nail artists: #1. DO YOUR NAILS! Self promo is so, so much easier when people can see your work! I get asked everyday where I go to get my nails done and you can bet that I use that to my advantage. #2. It’s OK to mess up! You don’t need to feel like you’re in competition with anyone. Do the best you can and the rest will happen naturally. #3. Find your OWN technique! Picasso and Monet are both amazing artists who are famous because they did their art THEIR way! They didn’t copy anyone. If you try and fit in someone else’s box you’re only selling yourself short!
Start at the beginning: Cuticles, file, base coat. Keep it simple: Solid color, top coat. Once you know the basic steps, the rest will come smoothly.
Don’t be intimidated by another nail artists progress; we were all beginners. Enjoy the process as you learn and grow.
Take good or bad criticism from everybody. Learn from it and practice every chance you have but most of all, ENJOY what you do. Believe in yourself and what you are capable of doing. 😍😍
Take your time and remember there’s always nail polish remover for mistakes!
For those new to nail art, welcome to the community! One of the many beautiful things about the nail community is that other nail artists are always happy to share advice and techniques. If you’re jonesin’ for new ideas or need help mastering a certain technique, don’t be afraid to reach out!
Practice makes perfect is the motif of nail art so don’t get discouraged and never stop practicing!