The cheapest nail art – How to create nail art with a comb

by xin on September 4, 2008

After reading so many nail art posts by Nikki, i feel really inspired and really had the itch to try it out myself. Not having any tools, i decided that i would use only a comb to draw on my nails.

first art done

Want to know how i did this with a comb? hehehehe.  Read on! 😀

nail art tools

Tools: Whatever nail colors that you have, and a wide tooth comb, plastic one of course. How sad it is, i only have these few nail colors! 🙁

draw color out

1. Dip the comb into the nail polish brush to get some colors.

testing color

2. Make sure you don’t over-dip it. And test the size of the dots on a waste paper, this is to give you a rough idea of how to control the movement of the comb tooth.

paint nail

3. When you are ready to go live, paint your nail with whichever color you like.


4. Ta dah! Then you can start dotting your nails with the comb after you dip the color with it.  Since i do not have any professional tools, so i had to be extra careful with the dots, so that the color will not overflow and destroy your art.

first art done

5. Add the last white dot, and voila! 😀 😀

second finger nail

6. My second attempt on another finger…a little bit smudge, my white paint is a little watery.

middle figner done

7. And my final attempt! I think you can draw anything else like coconut tree, leaves, with the comb. I think i will get a tiny weeny brush to draw something else. And more colors to go with 😀 😀

Stay tuned for my next experiment.

Happy weekend everyone!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

MisSmall September 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

That’s a really good job for a first time! And I can’t even paint my own nails, let alone do nail art. *Hides head in shame*


Nikki September 5, 2008 at 9:19 am

you are creative dear!!! LOVE IT!!!! love all the designs you’ve done!


Tine September 5, 2008 at 9:55 am

Wow, that’s an amazing job on your first attempt! I never thought of using the comb, but I’ll definitely give it a go now.

PS: Oh yeah, I’m with MisSmall as well. Can’t even paint my own nails well, let alone adding nail art :p


prettybeautiful September 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm

MisSmall: i am so proud of myself! :p u know, i also can’t paint nicely, hence the odd edge.. hehe

Nikki: thanks! i must get more inspirations from u

Tine: thank u 😀 its zero cost to use the comb edge 😀 😀


jessie September 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm

i’ve got tons of nail colour. but everytime I paint the nails I get little bubbles. WHY WHY WHY?????


sesame September 10, 2008 at 9:20 am

Very clever! I can only do my toes. Can’t paint my own nails on my hands either.


Chelsea January 15, 2012 at 5:40 am <——- go to this website for some ahhhmazing tips and some for how to get rid of bubbles 🙂


Elsa December 31, 2013 at 2:29 am

I also tried it with an old dried out pen and it worked really well!


xin January 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

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