Nail Art for Beginners
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Nail Art for Beginners

Learn a dozen nail art designs, tips and techniques, even if you've never done nail art before!
3.7 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
583 students enrolled
Created by Trisha Bartle
Last updated 4/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create fun and enviable nail art designs.
  • Use cool nail art tricks with household items.
  • Use what you've learned to create new nail art designs of your own.
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Requirements
  • It helps if you already know how to apply nail polish.
  • Nail polish and other items required to follow along with the lectures. Check out Lecture 4 for a list of things you'll need!
Description

Have you ever seen a really great nail art design on a beauty blog or Pinterest board and thought, "I could never do that"?

Guess what? You can! Even beginners can learn the little tricks and techniques to create cool nail art designs. There's no need to have experience to take this nail art course. If you can paint your nails with nail polish, you can create fun nail art.

Learn some great nail art designs from an experienced professional beauty blogger!

In Nail Art for Beginners, you'll be able to follow along with detailed nail art tutorial videos. In each video, you will see:

  • The tools you need to do the nail art design.
  • A step by step video guide of the manicure in action.
  • Tips and tricks to ensure success.

Whether it's a spooky Halloween manicure, a polka dot lady bug design or an easy trick to remove glitter nail polish, you'll find it here!

Plus, I'll be here to help you along the way if you ever have any questions or requests.

Not sure if Nail Art for Beginners is right for you? Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Have I always admired my friends' cool nails?
  • Do I want to rock a fun nail art design for my next big event?
  • Do I have a large Pinterest board full of nail art, but don't know where to begin?
  • Could I use easy and simple tricks to create amazing nail designs?
  • Have I always wanted to do nail art, despite being a beginner?

Did you answer yes? Then Nail Art for Beginners is right for you!

Check out the course outline to see some of the neat things you could be learning if you take the course. I've even made several of the lectures viewable before you sign up!

Remember! This nail art course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee! No questions asked!

Who is the target audience?
  • As you may suspect from the name, this nail art course is for beginners. If you've ever wanted to create some of the cool manicures you've seen on Pinterest or in beauty blogs, you've come to the right place. No previous experience necessary, beyond knowing how to apply nail polish.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 01:23:04
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Introduction
4 Lectures 06:20

Want to know who you'll be learning from? Come meet Trisha Bartle, the course instructor for Nail Art for Beginners! Learn about her critically acclaimed beauty blog and her love of nail art.

Preview 01:23

In this lecture, I'll tell you a bit about how the Nail Art for Beginners course works. I'll also explain the different sections and a suggestion on how you might want to work through the material.

Preview 02:13

Are you unsure about whether this course is right for you? Then watch this video first! I'll describe the types of students that will benefit from the Nail Art for Beginners online course.

Preview 01:01

You're probably wondering what you need for this course. After all, this is a nail art course. Luckily, many of the tutorials only use nail polish. With others, I give a detailed list of what you need both at the beginning of the video and in the lecture description for each tutorial.

But, here are some of the things you might need if you intend to follow along with every video:

  • Nail polish of various colors.
  • A clear base and top coat.
  • A matte top coat.
  • Nail art Pens.
  • Loose nail glitter.
  • Nail stickers, jewels, nail striping tape and other applique.
  • A dotting tool. (Or toothpick.)
  • Common household tools including clear tape, scissors and paper.

Don't worry, you won't need all of this right from the start.

Not sure where to get everything? Most American drug stores have a nail art section where all of this can be found. Amazon and other online stores also carry nail art supplies for very reasonable prices.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

What You Need for This Course
01:43
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2 Ways to Do a Great French Manicure
3 Lectures 13:36

After this lecture, there are two French manicure tutorials. This lecture will help you decide which one to try first!

How to Choose Your Method
00:55

Have you ever wanted to do your own French manicure? Well, you can! In this nail art tutorial, you're going to learn the freehand method for French manicures. This method is a little bit difficult, but I promise that you'll get better with practice.

In this freestyle French manicure nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Beige color: Essie Nail Polish in A Crewed Interest
  • White color: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Snow Me White

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

French Manicure Method #1: Freehand
06:29

If you want a French manicure but don't want to start with the freehand method, you could always use nail art pens to get this design! This nail art technique is especially good for those who have always been good at coloring between the lines.

In this French manicure nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Orange polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Silly Billy
  • Black nail art pen: Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Round Black

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

French Manicure Method #2: Nail Art Pens
06:12
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All That Glitters: Nail Art Designs Using Sparkles!
4 Lectures 22:30

While you could just paint your nails with glitter nail polish and call it a day, there are ways to use these polishes that turn a regular manicure into something special. For today's out-of-this-world manicure, you're going to be creating a glitter gradient reminiscent of the night's sky.

In the From Outer Space nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Dark blue polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Big Smoke
  • Dense glitter polish: Pixi Nail Polish in Gold Glimmer
  • Less dense glitter polish: Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Polish in Clearly Spotted

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

Nail Art Design: From Outer Space
05:18

Regular sparkles are great, right? But what if you want the most sparkly manicure you've ever seen? In that case, you'll want to use loose nail glitter. Unlike glitter nail polish, loose glitter isn't sticky, and will need a bit of assistance. Luckily, this nail art tutorial will teach you everything you need to master this often messy nail product.

In the Layered Sparkles with Loose Nail Glitter nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Three shades of loose nail glitter (You can find these in the nail art section of the drugstore or online)
  • One or two sheets of paper.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

Nail Art Design: Layered Sparkles with Loose Nail Glitter
07:23

Today, you're going to learn a quick way to create an interesting manicure with nail caviar. Nail caviar are small, colorful beads. They are loose, which means they don't have any stickiness to them to help them stay on your nail. But, with this tutorial, that's won't be a problem!

In this tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Red nail polish: Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in I Red a Good Book
  • Gold nail caviar (You can find this in the nail art section of drugstores or online)
  • A piece of paper.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

Nail Art Design: Fun Accent Nail Using Nail Caviar
05:09

Removing glitter nail polish is the worst. If you try to remove it the way you would a regular nail polish, you'll find that it takes you a lot longer. Luckily, I'm here to teach you an easier way for removing the glitter. No more stress for you!

In this tutorial, I used:

  • Nail polish remover (the kind with acetone works best)
  • 10 cotton squares (or cotton balls)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.
A Master Tip For Removing Glitter Nail Polish
04:40
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Nail Stickers, Polka Dots and Stripes, Oh My!
5 Lectures 30:58

Sometimes you already have a manicure ready to go, but you want to do something extra to make it look fancy. Today, I'm showing you how to use nail art stickers to do just that. They can go on your already existing manicures for a cool new design. They're also super quick!

In this nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Nail art stickers (you can find these in the nail art section of the drugstore or online)
  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.
How to Make Cute Designs With Nail Art Stickers
02:26

In order to teach you the basics of polka dots, I thought I'd bring in some red and black for lady bug nails! In this nail art design, you'll learn all about the dotting tool. In the end, you'll end up with a super cute lady bug design.

In the Lady Bug Polka Dots nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Red nail polish: Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in I Red a Good Book
  • Black nail polish: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Black on Black
  • A dotting tool (You can find these in the nail art section of the drug store or online. If you don't have one, you can use a toothpick!)
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.
Nail Art Design: Lady Bug Polka Dots
05:23

For this lecture, you're going to learn how to make a crisp, straight line between two colors of nail polish. To do this, we're going to use Tiffany blue and dusty brown shades of nail polish for Mod Color Blocking nail art. As always, you can use whatever colors strike your fancy.

In the Mod Color Blocking nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Tiffany blue nail polish: Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in Refresh-Mint
  • Dusty brown nail polish: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Nirvana
  • Clear tape

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

Preview 06:20

Why do I call this nail art design, "The Sophisticate?" To me, it just looks like the epitome of sophistication. In today's nail art tutorial, you'll come away with a manicure that features shiny chrome, velvety black and sparkly jewels. Yep, this one's super pretty.

In the Sophisticate nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Chrome nail polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Bobby Dazzler
  • Black nail polish: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Black on Black
  • Clear matte top coat: Butter London Matte Finish
  • Clear tape
  • Self-adhesive nail jewels (you can find these in the nail art section of the drug store or online)
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.
Nail Art Design: The Sophisticate
08:03

At first glance, this nail art tutorial may seem a bit complicated. After all, it uses 6 different nail polishes, not including the base and top coat. It also uses nail striping tape. But, as you'll see in the video, it's a lot easier than you think. In the end, you'll have an impressive geometric design with a rainbow of colors.

In the Art Deco Neon Stripes nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base and top coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Purple nail polish: Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in Through the Grapevine
  • Hot pink nail polish: Pixi Nail Polish in Paradise Pink
  • Orange nail polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Silly Billy
  • Yellow nail polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Pimms
  • Neon green nail polish: Pop Beauty Nail Glam in Radioactive
  • Gold nail polish: Wet N Wild Fergie Nail Color in Gold Album
  • Nail striping tape (you can find this in the nail art section of drug stores or online)

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.

Nail Art Design: Art Deco Neon Stripes
08:46
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Seasonal Nail Art
1 Lecture 04:51

It's almost Halloween! If you're wanting to rock some adorable Halloween nail art, then this lecture is right for you. Rather than something spooky, I'll be showing you how to do cute Jack o' Lantern nail art. I promise you'll get tons of compliments.

In the Jack o' Lanterns Halloween nail art tutorial, I used:

  • Clear base coat: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Clear Coat
  • Black nail polish: Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Black on Black
  • Orange nail polish: Butter London Nail Polish in Silly Billy
  • Black nail art pen: Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Round Black
  • Clear matte top coat: Butter London Matte Finish
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the discussion section of this tutorial.
Halloween Nail Art: Jack o' Lanterns
04:51
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Resources
4 Lectures 03:18

Have a question or concern about nail art or the lectures in this course? You've come to the right place! I've answered some popular questions in this FAQ.

Don't see your question in here? No worries! You can add questions in the discussion area of this lecture or in any of the other lectures in this course. I'm always here to help you when you're having a tough time--or when you just want to say hi!

Frequently Asked Questions
02:17

Want to learn a nail art technique that I don't cover in this course? Make a request in the discussion section of this lecture!

Want to Make a Request?
00:26

Here's where you can show off your own awesome nail art!

Share Your Completed Manicure!
00:12

Did you like the Nail Art for Beginners online course? Then you may want to check out more from your instructor, Trisha Bartle. Here, you'll find links for my beauty blog, books and other courses.

More From Your Instructor
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About the Instructor
Trisha Bartle
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1,028 Students
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Professional Blogger and Author

After writing her first novel in fifth grade--the first page of which was entirely in Pig Latin--Trisha Bartle spent much of her life ensconced in words. Though she came out of college with a degree in video game development, her eye was always on writing. Over the last few years, she's dedicated her time to working on her critically acclaimed beauty blog, Makeup Files, and writing books about beauty and blogging. She was even named one of the best beauty bloggers of 2011 by SHAPE Magazine. Trisha Bartle resides amidst the mountains of Montana.