Sleek, polished nails are must-have style accessory for many women; however the high price of salons can turn many women away from regularly scheduling manicures, resulting in chipped nail polish or nails that are altogether unpolished. If you want to have trendy, manicured nails without the price tag that accompanies visiting the salon, use these easy tips for executing stylish at-home manicures:

1. Pops of sparkles

One of the big trends right now is doing bright colors on your nails with pops of sparkles. To achieve this look at home you simply need to select your favorite summer shade and paint all of your nails that color. Then choose a translucent polish with sparkles to paint over your ringer finger nail on each hand, making that finger pop from the rest. You can also use a different hue on your ring finger from your other nails if sparkles aren’t up your alley.

2. Funky prints

You’ve probably seen women all  over sporting funky prints on their nails that look more like they were air-brushed on then done with traditional nail polish, and more than likely no nail polish was actually used to create that look. Now you can buy nail stickers in interesting and quirky prints, like these from Minx, that give your nails a polished look without a stitch of actual nail polish. Just apply the stickers to your nails and you’re ready to go!

3. Ombre

The ombre trend is making waves, whether it’s with your hair color or your nail color, and The New Black line of colors at Sephora makes it an incredibly easy look to achieve on your own. Simply pick a progression of colors and paint each nail a different shade from the collection,going from lightest to darkest or darkest to lightest for an ombre effect.

4. Polka dots

Polka dots are any easy addition to a solid nail color, and the trend is a timeless one. All you need is two shades of polish to get started (or more if you want multicolored polka dots). Paint your nails a solid shade first and let them dry before applying the polka dots. Then go through and make very small dots of color on each nail using just the very tip of the nail polish brush, covering the nail with as many polka dots as you like. Be sure to let the nails dry completely before doing anything, though, because the dots will smear otherwise.

Fancy nails don’t have to come with a fancy price tag. Investing in high quality nail polish will help you achieve salon worthy nails in your own home, making manicures easy and affordable. Be sure to begin each manicure session with a clear basecoat of polish and finish with a clear topcoat as well, that way your manicure lasts for a longer period of time.


About the Author:

Ken Myers as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. He is a regular contributor of “elder care jobs”. You can get in touch with him at

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