When you first start out as a self-taught nail artist, you make a bit of an investment in order to save money in the long run. Most of us started learning how to do our own nails in order to limit as much as possible our visits to the nail salon, which in some cases could end up being too costly to afford every month. Whether you got into nail art for your own creative passion or to trim some expenses from your monthly budget, you will probably agree with us on one point: expenditures that come from buying quality products make it a bit hard to see how, exactly, you are saving money. To address this dilemma, we can’t do much other than offering you two solutions: firstly, try to save as much product as you can during your manicures. When you’re a fan of dips, returning most of the unutilized fine powder to the jar can seem nearly impossible. With this in mind, we developed products like our jar liners and saving tray to make sure you could return every last bit of your favorite powder to the jar it belongs to other than making clean-up much faster, it gives you the chance to get the most out of your product. If your goal is not simply that of cutting your expenses, however, we believe that nail art itself might be the solution you are looking for. The perfect way to make your hobby sustainable is, of course, to profit from it.
Unless you live in Connecticut, you have probably never considered becoming a nail technician - not even part-time. In the United States, all states except Connecticut demand a valid state license to practice legally, which means that if doing nails is simply your me-time hobby this kind of path probably won’t be too appealing. Luckily for you, Etsy and Instagram just made your life a lot easier.
If you are quite confident in your artistic abilities (but you only have so many nails), you could consider designing press-on nails. Unless you are actually applying them on your client’s nail, all that is required is some creative artistry: especially in the past year, which made people more and more hesitant to visit nail salons, the demand for well-crafted fakies has increased incredibly. They will not last as long as a good manicure, but the pricing is usually consistent with that of salons: if a standard gel manicure costs anywhere between $30 to $50 and will last up to four weeks, a good set of gel fakies is usually between $10 and $30 and will stick to your nails for up to a week. Moreover, clients are attracted to fake nails because the good quality ones are reusable, which saves them money in the long run.
Making fake nails is a lot simpler than working on real ones. You can skip a good part of the prep, since you’re not working on human fingers, and you can even produce them in batches to be even quicker. We recommend checking out the fakie stand to make designing even easier. Pricing might be a little tricky at first, and it depends heavily on your own skills, so our first tip would be that of seeing what the market looks like. Many nail artists opened up Etsy shops to sell their fakies during the pandemic, while others advertise them on their Instagram which allows for more visibility. Your social media could prove to be a useful tool when it comes to sales, so make sure you take advantage of them.
To start, we advise marketing first a few designs you got down perfectly - or even just a few solid colors. Offering good products is more important than proposing a wider variety, so make sure you are confident with your first launch before moving onto others. If you need to get inspired, look into this year’s trends - sage green could be a great option for a solid mani, while abstract swirls and minimalist daisies could be safe art to start practicing. Whatever you opt for, make sure you’re confident enough with your skills: developing quality products is fundamental for a good reputation.
Did you consider nail art as a means to make some extra money? If you experiment with some fake nails, let us know how it goes by taking a picture and tagging us on Instagram!