Best gel nail polish art ideas from japanese beauty magazines

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10 /24 2031
A few best gel nail polish art ideas from japanese beauty magazines.

I often browse the web for Japanese nail magazine scans looking for nail art ideas online because Japan has some of the best and brightest nail art in the world.

Some scans that I've found are pretty old but nail art ideas in them never go out of style. They are still good today.

These designs still can be recreated with gel nail polish.

The best nail magazine in Japan is NailUp. It has a lot of step by step instructions for all kinds of nail art ideas. The manicures that are published in this magazine are made by Japanese nail technicians from the top nail salons in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Japanese mags often use regular nail lacquer polishes but I prefer gel nail polishes because your manicure will stay longer if you use them, and they won't dry on their own without a UV lamp while you are still creating your design. You can correct the lines and your art here and there and then dry it with the lamp.

The scans are in Japanese, but they are easy to pick up even without knowing the language because they have a lot of detailed step by step photos. It's as if you're reading a manga or a comic.

The first few scans are from Hiiyooitscat Beauty Blog. She has the most detailed and picture heavy nail magazine scans that I've found. You can also often find them pinned on Pinterest if you go looking for Japanese nail art ideas there.


The products used in this scan are CND and OPI nail polishes. They are really the best gel nail polishes you can find im stores. My favorite is the Bijou pattern striped pastel French manicure with a large single diamond. And with gel nail polishes, making these stripes should be a breeze, they won't dry before you paint them on perfectly and correct any errors in their application with a brush and remover or alcohol.


Another scan from the same issue of NailUp. I think it's very easy to re-create this manicure because it's just a thick coat of bright yellow gel nail polish and some decals. The decals look like tiny newspaper cutouts. They may be only available in Japan. In any case, I haven't been able to find them here. But you can substitute them with any other nail stickers with small pieces of black text on a white background. And star metal decorations are available on


This is a nice scan on nail and hand care. The girl in the scans looks a lot like Ayumi Hamasaki, the popular Japanese star who loves to wear nail art. The scans tell you to use a hand scrub, a cuticle oil, and a hand cream. The pics are pretty self-explanatory. I'm sure you won't have any problems with understanding them because all the product bottles pictured have names in english written on them. And again, these pictures look like comic books. So you can see evertything in the pictures, without any supporting text.


This scan comes from a Wordpress blog called Nevertoomuchglitter.

These are just lots of nice ideas for Halloween nail art without any step by steps or anything like that. Just some inspiration for you. If you know how to paint and draw nail art with gel nail polishes then you may figure out how to do all these designs on your own. The scan is pretty old, from 2013. But Halloween nail art never goes out of fashion. The scans come from another lovely Japanese nail art magazine named Nail Max. Unfortunately, the magazine has ceased publication and its website is unavailable. It's great that someone captured its ideas in scans.

I like to browse Japanese magazine scans on the LiveJournal community called JMagazine Scans. Most of the stuff there is fashion-related. But you can find nail art magazine scans here and there. I suggest using tags to find mags like NailUp and Nail Max.

As of now, the community is not too active but still it has excellent archives. Some of the sites that had magazine scans are down though.

I also like to browse Pinterest for nail art ideas and even for some of the scans. There are some pictures from Japanese mags uploaded to Pinterest too.

None of the scans are translated in any of the communities or on Pinterest. But they are really easy to understand from pictures alone.


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