Pulling off Nicki Minaj's nail look yourself is a cinch.

How to Do Nails Like Nicki Minaj

by Pamela Simmons

Nicki Minaj is known for her daring style. While rocking an all-over Nicki Minaj look may seem scary, embrace a bit of her style by sporting a nail look inspired by the edgy rapper. From uber-girly to incredibly edgy, and even a bit understated, Nicki's nail style gives you tons of options.

Experiment with Nail Art

In the early part of her career, Nicki Minaj rocked over-the-top, in-your-face nail art. This didn't just include unique patterns but also nails with unique texture. Keep your DIY simple by slicking on textured nail polish with glittery sheen. Get more creative by applying studs to your nails. Paint your nails in any shade you like, then pick up your first stud using a toothpick dipped in clear polish, as this will help your stud stick to the toothpick. Place studs on nails while they're still wet, so they will adhere. Apply studs just on the ends of nails, or try them all over.

Wear Bright Shades

Nicki Minaj is known for wearing bright, bold shades. This look encompasses everything from her hair to her makeup and clothing and also to her nails. Slick on bright blues, chromed out silver shades, super-sparkly polishes and stand-out chartreuse shades to nail the look. Just apply one base coat, two coats of bold color and one top coat to seal the look.

Slick on Bubble Gum Pink

Nicki is also known for sporting tons of doll-like bright pink. Because pink is a common feminine shade, going girly in this hue is a bit easier for ladies who don't want to wear incredibly edgy nails. Go big with bright saturated hues or just take a bit of inspiration and opt for a more muted pink shade like a pastel.

Embrace New Shapes

Nicki loves nails in square or other daring pointy shapes. Pointed -- or talon nails -- will typically involve a trip to the salon as they are created by attaching pointed acrylic nails to your natural ones. If you choose to go pointed, up the ante by trying a bright or patterned shade on your nails. Otherwise, keep your nails muted, as Nicki sometimes does. Squared nails are easier than talons to do yourself. Pull it off by using a medium-grade file. File the sides of the nails straight first then hold the file perpendicular to the top edge of your nail, and file the top nail flat, switching direction to create a smooth edge.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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