The different techniques of Nail Art designs

The different techniques of Nail Art designs

Nail styling is an exciting profession in which creativity has no limits! Nail stylists are inspired by painting techniques to transform nails into true works of art. The incredible palette of colors and textures offered by UV gels and acrylic paint makes it possible to create all kinds of nail decorations. Here is for beginners in nail art, a small overview of the different drawing techniques.


The one stroke is a Nail Art technique which consists of making drawings on the nail using a brush soaked in 2 colors of Nail Art acrylic paint. Applying a light color and a dark color at the same time makes it very easy to work with gradients and thus obtain depth and volume. This technique makes it possible to create beautiful floral motifs. As in painting and drawing, it is the contrast between shadow and light that creates relief and brings your design to life.

There are different ways to create patterns in one stroke. You can apply this mixture of 2 colors:

• with the flat of the brush,

• with the edge of the brush for outlines or fine lines,

• by touch, ie by lightly tapping your brush or by making a slight zig-zag movement which will create relief in the drawing.


The watercolor Nail Art technique consists of making drawings on the nail with a watercolor paint in a tube or bucket. This highly pigmented paint can be worked on with water with fine, flat brushes, ideally brushes with natural bristles.

The “watercolor” effect and result is created by the paint, which, when diluted, offers soft colors and typical transparent gradients. The whole technique is based on the amount of water used and how to stretch and dilute the color. We finish this decoration by protecting its watercolor drawing with a finishing gel, taking care to line the nail well to protect the pattern.


Stamping is a technique that allows you to create a nail decoration on false nails or on natural nails. Stamping consists more precisely of transferring an engraved pattern into a plate using a stamp and a special stamping varnish. Not all varnishes work well in stamping. For the transfer to work properly, the varnish must be very pigmented and opaque.

The foil

Foil is a paper with an ultra-thin metallic finish, sold in the form of rolls. It gives a unique metallic look to the nail that is impossible to obtain otherwise. The foil technique consists of sticking the foil on all or part of the nail, which, like a gold leaf, metallizes it. The foil allows you to create all kinds of effects and combines perfectly with other nail art techniques such as the 3D effect.

You can optionally apply the foil directly on the sticky residue of a UV gel provided that it is a special foil UV gel. In this case, the foil is placed after lengthening the nail and lengthening the plate, on the adhesive of the colored gel, before continuing with the construction, the filing and ending with any additional decoration.


3D is an impressive nail art technique that allows you to sculpt any pattern you want in 3D on the nail. Flowers, fruit, ribbons, roses, lace, Santa Claus, anything is possible! The 3D gel has the advantage of sculpting endlessly because it only dries under a UV lamp. It is worked using a dotting tool, or a brush and cleaner. You can flatten it, stretch it, shape it until you create the 3D shape of your choice.

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