Nail Designs


Airbrush Nail Designs

There just seems to be no end to the amount and variation of airbrushed nail designs. Only a person’s imagination and skill level can limit the possibilities of these designs. With an understanding of some basic supplies and an amount of patience with yourself while you learn, airbrushing nail designs can be a great and rewarding activity!

Before getting started you should really look at the cost of an airbrush; they can be rather expensive unless you find a really great deal on eBay or someplace similar. Determine how often you would use this tool to decide if the purchase is worth it or not. Airbrush machines usually run about $160 and up; again, really think if this is a worthy investment. Badger puts out a nail kit out that you can usually find sold at Michael’s craft supplies for less, including the accessories, probably because instead of using a compressor it uses a propellant.

Other supplies that you are going to need before getting started are special airbrush paint, chosen stencils and cleaner for the airbrush itself when you are finished with it. You are not going to want to clean out your airbrush until after you apply the top coat and it is completely dry.

Steps to Airbrush Nail Designs

• First you are going to want to go look at all the wonderful variety of stencils available for airbrushing nails. You will find everything from basic designs to complex ones that will require some skill and a steady hand. Go slow in the beginning and see if you can get one of your girlfriends to volunteer their hands for you for an hour or so until you get the hang of it.

• Airbrush a base coat on and let dry. At this point you can airbrush a background if you want to or leave the nail plain. This is going to be a bit tough for you at first but just keep practicing until you get it right and are comfortable with the airbrush and its triggering mechanism.

• Once you are comfortable with the equipment, start practicing with the stencil. Hopefully you chose some that are simple and good for beginners. Too many people take on the more complex designs and become discouraged from the get go with their own lack of skill.


• Place the stencil on the middle of the finger and gently squeeze the trigger. Once you are satisfied with the stenciling results you can let the paint dry and remove any excess sprayed nail paint with some acetone and a Q-tip.

• Don’t forget to apply the top coat and let it completely dry! It is usually better to apply two coats to strengthen the nail and add some extra protection to your new artwork; just be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before applying more.

Whatever airbrushed nail design you choose, with a little practice you will have in salon looks for your nails at your fingertips. You will soon find your friends clamoring in line for your services. Who knows? A simple hobby can become a lucrative career for the right person; is that person you?

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