Today I am starting something new on my blog. There are a few reasons behind this – one is that I often don’t find much time to do my nails during the semester. I made time to do some more detailed nail art over the break which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks, but now that I’m back in class, I might only have a few minutes here and there to spare. Another reason is that people will often see my nails and comment that they don’t have time to do something like that – now I know some might actually mean that they couldn’t be bothered to do nail art, but some really think that any nail art must take forever, just because they haven’t tried it before or aren’t sure how it’s done. So this is for those people who might really want to try some nail art but not spend hours on it! I’m here to prove that all it has to take is 5 minutes to have amazing nails.
The rules are as follows: start with a normal, single-colour manicure. Yes, it takes more than 5 minutes to do the colour PLUS nail art, but now if you have time to paint your nails – you have time for art. You could also do the colour one day and add the art the next day – I often do that when I’m pressed for time! Then, starting from that base colour, I have just 5 minutes to do some nail art. I put a timer on so I make sure it really is 5 minutes. 5 minutes isn’t long so to give myself a little leniency, I’ll count anything that is still UNDER 6 minutes as close enough – but this includes the final top coat and the nail art is good to go.
I wanted to start with this one because I think it looks lovely and it’s something I would share on here even if it didn’t take just 5 minutes! This one was slightly over, at about 5:20 when I finished off the final top coat.
I started with my base of Sinful Colors Mint Apple, which is just a gorgeous polish. I started my 5 minutes and stamped my middle nail with an image from plate BP-L 003 from the Born Pretty Store. I then placed the rhinestones on each nail one at a time using a wax rhinestone picker to place them. I just used my top coat to adhere them so I topcoated one nail at a time, stuck on the rhinestones, and went on to the next nail.
I just love the result – what do you think?
Now I know someone stamping for the first time will likely take a while longer to get it figured out, but after a couple of practice sessions it’ll become quick. The same goes for any other type of nail art – except for those things that simply do take long, like detailed freehand or glitter placement (even these can get faster over time, but don’t expect 5 minutes!)
I wanted to encourage you all to also share your 5 minute nail art ideas – whether you’re trying something for the first time or whether you do nail art on a regular basis. Share your quick nail art ideas on social media using #5minutenailart so that everyone can see, and if you’ve been inspired by this or a future 5 minute idea I share, you can also tag #lookpaintedfingertips. I hope you’ll all join in!