"To create your own nail decals, paint a design on wax paper or plastic wrap and let dry. Peel off and apply to nails like a sticker. Apply topcoat to seal in the design."—Natasha Karam, China Glaze nail artist

"One of the best ways to fix a chipping manicure is by applying some nail art. I like to do an organic floral print on top of chips and re-topcoat the entire look to make it look fresh. For the 'watercolor' effect, it's best to use the brushes from the bottle rather than separate detailing brushes. You can wipe off most of the polish from the brush to get that dry paintstroke look."—Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen Global Color ambassador

"For water marbling, drop polish into water, adding as many colors on top of each other as you like. Use a toothpick to swirl it into a pattern, then dip your nails into the design. Clean up around the cuticles."—Sophie Harris-Greenslade, the Illustrated Nail for Models Own

"Paint on a color of your choice. (I like blue!) When dry, paint a layer of white over the blue, then, using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover, lightly roll over the white to reveal the blue underneath. The polish remover spreads the blue out into the white, creating an acid-washed denim effect!"—Sophie Harris-Greenslade, the Illustrated Nail for Models Own

"The hottest trend in nail art at the moment is negative spacing. This is when you remove pieces of color letting the natural nail show through to create a great look with dimension. Use small strips of vinyl tape across the nail, polish, then remove tape for negative spacing or color-blocking looks."—Tom Bachik, L'Oréal Paris global nail artist

"The easiest designs to make are dots. But if you don't want to be so adorable, you can find metallic striping tape for a cool modern look. And a really fun way to do nail art is to use a stamping kit."—Gina Viviano, Chanel celebrity manicurist

"For brushstrokes, wipe off most of the polish from the brush onto a tissue. Then drag the "dry" brush onto the nail so the color is applied in a "brushstroke." It looks great on a white base with varying brushstrokes of color."—Sophie Harris-Greenslade, the Illustrated Nail for Models Own

"Make polka dots with a Q-tip cut in half or flower petals with a safety pin."—Amy Shockman, Julep manicurist

"Use an eyeshadow sponge to sponge color in a gradient down the nail."—Sophie Harris-Greenslade, the Illustrated Nail for Models Own

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