This is how my desk looks like,when I do my nails. It is important to keep your workspace neat and clean. That way
it is easier to paint more precise and detailed. A messy room and a unorganized desk can lead to a general atmosphere of confusion and mess. It is hard to keep a free mind to receive ideas.
The materials needes vary from design to design,so these images are solely an example how you could organize your desk and what kind of tools are essential.
The lighting is one of the most important aspect when painting and working. A bright light,which can be adjusted and shines right on your nails is ideal. You feel more confident when seeing what exactly you are drawing and can help you to perfect tiny details.
Tooth picks are always a great tool to have. To swipe away excess polish on your cuticuls when it is still wet,to create dots or to mix colors.
Nail varnish and acrylic nail art paint are the main materials needed to color you nails. Acrylic paint is not necessary,but helpful,since nail polish is water based and complicates painting details.
Brushes and dotting tools simplifies the application of paint and small details.
I often use a sheet of paper to jot down ideas. I use them as a template. It can be very helpful to have a rough draft of what you actually want to paint.
Paper towls are good to swipe off paint or water after rinsing a brush.
Cotton balls to remove nail varnish/acrylic paint.
Glitter particles, foil, striping tape, rhinestones will give the design that certain someting. I personally do not use them as much,because it often does not fit to the design or I find it to add too much sparkle which I don't need.
I like to keep it somewhat subtle. (:
I like to have small vessles. One with water, the other filled with acetone.
When I'm done using one color I rinse the brush with either one. Acrylic paint can be easily rinsed off with water,
nail varnish with acetone,which can also damage the brush,tough. Nail polish remover dries out the bristles,because of the chemicals. After the brush has been soaked in acetone,rinse off with water. I have experienced less damage by doing so.
I always have a small pallet to mix colors. It is easier to fill up the brush with paint not directly from the tube or nail polish bottle. So I use the pallet to drop paint on it and work from there.
I like to use base as well as top coats. Before, I had never used a base coat,but when removing the nail polish of the Chocolate Nails the color did not properly remove. So my nails had yellow stains on them,which did not look aesthetic at all. Rather as tough I had smoked too much (i do not smoke) and as if my nails were unhealthy.
To prevent this from happening again, I now use a base coat and I had never had stains again.
A top coat is important for the polish and design to look even.
When painting on different 'layers': base color, acrylic paint creating a small design,nail polish adding to the design,rhinestones...a top coat will even them out and create a shiny,flawless look.
I recommend using them, investing not only in polishes and colors,but also in materials you do not actually see that they have been applied, will make the manicure look professional. ;)
It's the little things that count. :)
I like to have a sheet underneath my hands,in case a bottle tips over or my hand holding a brush silps.
So,this is how I like to work.
A nice and neat environment will allow beautiful,neat designs to be produced. :D
Have a wonderful day,