Make your nails original with a top coat

Easy Nail Art Cheat: use a top coat to add detail

Sometimes, coming up with new and interesting nail art ideas can be tricky, especially if you don't have a lot of time to spare. That said, there are a couple of ways you can cheat your way to a hot new manicure, notably with a quick and simple application of a top coat!

We're not just talking about the kind of top coat you use to protect your nail polish but the glitzy/confetti/special effect kind that dries in seconds and can be applied in a whole host of different ways to make your life - well, your manicures - easier than previously thought.

Products to try: 916 Confetti top coat, 842 Sequin Explosion, 840 Black Diamond, 836 Scarlet Tinsel, 937 Bling Bling Bang and 912 Diamond Lurex, all by L'Oréal Paris.

Gradient detail

One of the best, not to mention simplest, ways to use such a top coat is by creating a gradient effect. This means applying a thin layer on the mid-bottom section fo your nail and adding more at the tip. That way, when you're looking at your nails straight up, it'll look like it's raining confetti/glitter!

Sections

Alternatively, paint on two coats of your chosen nail color, allow it to dry completely and then section off part of your nail to cover in a top coat. This can add a geometric feel to your manicure and doesn't really make a difference to the amount of time you spend doing your nails.

A diagonal half-and-half or smaller triangles at the corners look especially good. Just remember to be a little more heavy-handed with the top coat if it's a glitter one for a denser, more visible effect.

Just because

If you want to keep things classic, you can. After your base color dries, simply apply a the top coat of your choice all over your nail and let it dry. It's an oldie but a goodie when it comes to easy nail art tricks!

Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started but don't hesitate to experiment with top coats. Let us know if you come up with any interesting results!

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