Time is on our hands and nail salons are closed. Why not make the best out of it?

This partial lockdown period has gotten to people discover talents that they didn’t know they had: cooking, baking, hair styling, plenty of arts and crafts, and more. With the shutters still closed on nail parlours, many have suffered from overgrown gel nails, which you can fix at home with this guide.

Seeing as you’re painting your nails anyway, why not add some design to it? Nail art is a great way to express your creativity and challenge your skills.

You may have thought that the fancy designs you see on social media require professional tools, but not all of them do. In fact, you can pretty much recreate the look with cotton buds and toothpicks.

Hard to believe? Subscribe to these YouTube channels and you’ll see what we mean.

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Cutepolish

Cute Polish is one of the OG YouTube channels that focuses on nail art and the 3.3 million subscribers say it all. Sandi’s tutorials are not only the prettiest ones around but also one of the easiest to follow, even if you don’t have any fancy nail salon equipment at home. Just have a look through at her feed and you’ll know what we mean — toothpicks, household items? We’re fans.

Watch it here
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Simply Nailogical

This is not your standard nail art YouTube channel. Simply Nailogical mainly publishes videos that are more focused on reviews and experiments to test out nail hacks that you may be curious about. You may be able to find inspiration for your next nail art here. But even for those who are not keen on anything nail-related, the channel is still a pretty fun one to subscribe to.

Watch it here
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Gabby Morris

Gabby Morris’ channel will speak to those who prefer designs that are more aesthetically pleasing. She posts tutorials on looks which are more neutral-based, such as beige, browns, pinks, mauves and occasionally pastel shades.

Watch it here
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Paulina's Passion

One of YouTube’s up and coming channels is Paulina’s Passion. Paulina’s channel is relatively simple with easy-to-follow tutorials. Floral nail designs, marble and Christmas designs are some of her popular videos that have garnered more than millions of views.

Watch it here
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20 Nails

This channel is not exactly for beginners, but more for those who have some experience with nail art. 20 Nails’ designs are a little more complicated and require salon tools. Even if you’re not at that level yet, her videos are still mesmerising to watch and it may even inspire you to create your own simple design.

Watch it here
Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.