Some people think that Nail Art is a new generation trend. The first nail polish appeared in 300 BC in CHINA. In Ancient China, noblewomen wore fake nails – made of beeswax, albumin, gelatine and gum; to indicate that they were ladies of leisure. Nowadays, long, manicured nails remain a status symbol.

Women have a lot of options when they hit the salon to get their nails done. If you’re considering false nail application, you may be asked whether you want gel or acrylic nails applied. Before you make your decision, here’s what you need to know.

About Acrylic Nails
Acrylic nails have been a staple in the beauty industry for years, and this staying power has contributed to their ongoing popularity. Acrylic nails are applied using a liquid monomer and a powder polymer to create a hard protective layer over your natural nails. Acrylics only harden when exposed to air. When the acrylic hardens, it provides a perfect canvas for applying nail color.

About Gel Nails
Gel nail application provides the strength of acrylic nails with the appearance of natural nails. Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails only harden when exposed to UV light. Gel polishes are similar to nail polish – you have a base coat, polish color and top coat. Each coat has to be cured in the UV light for two to three minutes

Gel Nails or Acrylic Nails…which is Better?
Gel and acrylic nails have similar results. They can lengthen short nails, strengthen nails, and make your fingers look longer and more slender. There are some pros and cons that might help you decide which nail application to choose.

Pros of Acrylic Nails

  • If you break an acrylic nail, fixing it is much easier.
  • The removal process is simple and straightforward when performed by a professional. The nails can be soaked rather than filed off.
  • Acrylics are very strong. When done correctly and with proper nail care, they can last a long time and are very robust.
  • Acrylic nail application tends to cost less than gel nail application.

Cons of Acrylic Nails

  • Acrylics may look less natural than gel nails, especially if applied incorrectly.
  • The application process involves strong chemicals and fumes – pregnant women are advised not to use acrylic nails during pregnancy.

Pros of Gel Nails

  • Gel nails may look more natural and glossy than other types of cosmetic nails.
  • The curing time is faster than acrylics.
  • Gel nail mixtures lack the fumes associated with acrylic nails – they’re considered a safer, more eco-friendly option.

Cons of Gel Nails

  • They don’t last as long and are less durable than acrylic, even though they tend to cost more.
  • Most gel nails require a UV light for curing.
  • If a gel nail breaks, you may be in for some trouble. It can sometimes be more of a shatter effect than a clean break. You’ll need to make an appointment right away with your manicurist.
  • Gel nails often need to be filed off, although there are some soak-off versions.

Types of Nail Art Designs

Nail Polish -Blending Colors
It is a combination of different colors of nail polish. These can be used to create one’s own designs. It gives an exclusive, bright and delightful look for the nail.

Nail Stripes
These are basically stickers. It is pasted on to the nail after polishing or pasted independently. With increase in demand it is available in different designs and in different shapes.

Nail Stickers
These are also available in sticker form or as nail polish. In polish it is mixed with glitters. Using this type of stickers increases the beauty and gives pleasant look for nails. These types of stickers are available in variety of colors and designs. It can be used in different shapes according to need of the person. It can be used in any part of the nail which again increases its attractiveness.

Water Marble
It is a new technique in NAIL ART. It is a simple method which requires some of the household items. Take a cup full of water. Mix the favorite colored nail polish with this water .In this create the required designs using pin or toothpick. Immerse the nail in the cup for some time. Take out the hand and

Nail Jewels
The trendiest form of NAIL ART is nail jewels. Jewels available in the market are used as decorative items for the nail.