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32 Easy Nail Art Hacks For The Perfect Manicure

You have a hard enough time applying a single coat without making a smeary mess. Here are some techniques that will make the complicated world of nail art seem a lot less daunting.

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1. Use a regular old gel pen (like the kind from the office supply store) to draw intricate designs.

Apparently a black gel pen really works if you want precision. Reddit Laqueristas swear by the Muji .38 gel pen.

Warning: it takes some time to dry, so wait a good 30 minutes before adding the topcoat.

18. Apply Elmer's glue with a thin paint brush, which peels off to reveal a perfect manicure.

This is a great technique if you're doing any kind of messy technique, like water marbling or sponging.

21. You can do this holographic foil manicure in under five minutes.

What's great about this manicure is the lack of precision. The more haphazard, the better it looks. Get the instructions here.

31. Stuff a sponge into a jar and soak it in acetone to make an easy DIY nail polish remover.

Great for glitter polishes, where you really need to soak your nail in remover to get it all off.

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