When you stop biting your nails, you can have a lot of fun that before you might never have dreamed possible. You’ve probably envied your friends who were able to decorate their nails using the latest trends in nail art, and now you can do the same.
Okay, let’s stop right here – obviously, this article is going to be directed more toward women, but guys, if you’ve stopped biting and you want to have some fun, there’s no reason why you can’t do this too. If you want. But no one’s making you. OK? OK.
What Is a Nail Art Pen?
It’s obvious. It’s a pen that you use to create nail art. You know, those wonderful little lines, squiggles and dots that you’ve seen on the nails of your friends who stopped biting long before you did. Now you have a chance to join in the fun!
You can get nail art pens at salons, beauty supply stores, or even at Wal-Mart, and they don’t cost a whole lot. Usually anywhere from five to ten dollars each. They’re easy to use, and you don’t have to mess around with brushes, toothpicks, or polish. With a good pen, it’s as simple as drawing a design on your nails, the same as you’d draw on a piece of paper with an ordinary pen.
How to Use a Nail Art Pen
This is so easy your cat could do it if only she had thumbs! Just follow these steps:
-Shake the pen. Make sure you leave the cap on. You’ll hear the cartridges moving around inside the pen, and you should only need to shake it a couple of times.
-Take off the cap. Now, press the pen tip on a hard surface until you see ink at the tip, and you can draw without difficulty. Try out a few dots and lines, and practice until you feel comfortable.
-Apply a clear base coat to your nails and wait for it to dry.
-If you want a background color, use nail polish. Choose a color that will make the colors from the pen stand out. You can also apply directly over the base coat if you like. If you’re using polish, make sure that it’s completely dry before you start using the pen. If you don’t, you could end up smudging or making holes in the polish.
-Get creative! You can use the pen to make dots, or lines, or hearts, or any other shape you like.
-Let your designs dry, and then apply a clear top coat. All done!
The Best Nail Pens
There are all kinds of different nail pens out there. Some are good, and others not so good. You can buy them individually or in sets, and sometimes it’s not easy deciding which pens are best. For the beginner, you’re better off with a basic pen – gel pens and 3D pens require a higher level of skill. To help you navigate the purchasing process, we’ve visited the website , www.NailDesignsForYou.com . They’ve reviewed five of the top nail art pens, and we think that we can safely defer to their judgment.
Sally Hansen is indisputably a leader when it comes to nail care, but where nail art pens are concerned, they just don’t have what it takes. The ink is thin and watery, and hard to apply. They smudge in a huge way when you put on the top coat, and if you try to apply them over the top coat, the ink slides off. It also takes a long time for the ink to dry. On the plus side, they have a huge range of colors, but that doesn’t help much when you can’t use the pen effectively. Some users even reported that the pens exploded and leaked ink all over the place. Not recommended.
Nails Supreme Nail Art Pens
These pens are good, but basic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re new to nail art. They’re great starter pens, but treat them gently because the tips seem to have a tendency to break.
Rio Professional Nail Art Kit
This is a set of pens in different colors. You’ll also get a brush, a user guide, a DVD, and a sample design chart. The pens are good quality and easy to use. In addition to the basic colors, you can also get them in pastels, neon and metallic. Great for beginners!
Models Own Nail Art Pens
This is an extremely good kit that’s easy to use and will help even beginners deliver outstanding, professional-looking results. The polish lasts a long time, but might take a little longer to dry than other pens. Good for beginners and pros alike!
Barry M. Nail Art Pens
These are the ultimate nail art pens. They’re even used by professional nail artists. They come in a ton of different colors, and they’re very reasonably priced. They’re so easy to use, it’s just like using a regular pen on our nails. You can draw, make shapes, or write with ease. They come in white, pink, silver and black. The only downside to these pens is that if you don’t shake vigorously before you use them, and make sure to blot on tissue before using, you could end up with a goopy mess. These are ideal for French manicures, and beginners will find them very easy to use.
The Final Word
Nail pens are so much fun! So grab yourself one or two, or even a full set, and get to work. You’re only limited by your creativity, and if there’s anything that will prevent you from ever biting your nails again, you can bet that it will be fabulous nail art that you’ve created yourself. Get to work and impress your friends with your great-looking nails.