Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nail Art Books Recommendations

Hi folks,

today I have something a little different for you. I have not come across a post like this before and I hope you find this interesting. Since I am a scientist, I have a natural interest in the chemicals I put on my body on a daily basis and the impact these substances have on my cells. I've gathered quite some books about the pros and cons of ingredients in personal care products by now. Don't worry, I won't be preaching to you about all the oh so hazardous substances in our beloved nail varnish. I just tried to come up with a nice introduction to how I came across some books focusing on nail art and nail care ;) So here are my three favorite books dealing with nails.

First up is The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art and if you're into nails I assume this isn't new to you. Wah Nails is a cult nail salon based in East London founded by Sharmadean Reid. This book is packed with detailed instructions for various nail art designs such as leopard, pop art or newspaper nails. There is something for everyone in there, from easy to more tricky designs. One thing they all have in common: they're bold and colorful and will surely draw some attention.

After liking their first book so much, I had to get Wah Nails second release called Downtown Girls, which came out in Fall last year. Again the nail designs in here are colorful and fun. I even prefer this over the first book, because it has some more additional info on how to start your nail art blog, make up tips, just to name a few. Oh, and both these Wah Nails books are quite affordable (~12€), so you cannot go wrong with these.

I bought The Complete Nail Technician because it was mentioned in the Downtown Girls book. Marian Newman seems to be THE nail expert and "is respected as the driver of the nail care and design arena". This book does not primarily focus on nail art, but on everything you need to know about nail care and creating artificial nails. The first half of the book deals with anatomy, providing a manicure treatment and pedicures. The other half is about creating artificial nails, but I admit I only skipped through this chapter, as I don't intend on getting or creating artificial nails in the near future...or ever. At the end they provide some tips for starting out as a nail technician and some basic nail art techniques. This book is more pricey, just so you know. It is still an interesting and very informative read though.

So these are my nail book recommendations. Have you read any of these? Or maybe you have some other interesting nail art/nail care book to share? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading,


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