Before starting on the actual manicure, you need to make sure that your nails are properly cleaned and trimmed. Any rough edges on the tip of the nails need to be filed away. After this, you will need a base coat to protect the nails from getting stained, chipped and scratched. Its adhesive properties also make sure that the nail art lasts long and stays on the nail.
After applying the base coat, the nail art is next. This can be quite tricky as you need steady hands especially if you are going to paint the design on. There are many great designs to choose from if you are not that creative; all you need to do is search for them on the internet. You can find designs ranging from the simplest once to start off to complicated designs that need a bit of experience. Mixing and matching colors to make stripes or dots is an easy way to start off. The dots can also be made into flowers by painting on a few dots in another color around the first one. There are no rules to nail designs; you simply have to know what it is you would like to have.
Apart from painting designs on your nails, there are many stick-on embellishments like rhinestones and other gems, stickers with different designs on them including cartoon characters, etc. What you put on your nails depends on your taste. These are easy to use and are available in many stores. When you are sticking them on, make sure to use tweezers so that the nail polish does not get smudged.
After you have applied the color and design you want, the last touch requires a top coat. Like the base coat, this is an important part of the whole manicure. It protects the nails and the artwork you have on will last longer. It also gives a smoother finish which will make all the difference in making the nail art pop.