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Easy Nail Piercing Tutorial For Beginners

Nail piercing is another creative way of designing your nails that should make you stand out. So for beginners and nail aficionados out there who are doing this for the first time, this tutorial should help you execute this look perfectly.

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Nail Piercing Tutorial For Beginners | What You Need To Know

Materials Needed

Before we begin, let’s gather everything you’ll need for this project. You can visit as they have a wide array of beauty products, including nail piercing tools, listed on their website.

  • Hand-held drill
  • Towel
  • Cotton swab
  • Hoop, dangle earrings, charm, or jewelry
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Fake nails (optional)
  • Pliers (optional)

Step 1: Grooming Your Nails

It is important to groom your nails so you can focus on the drilling part later.

First, wash your nails so it will get softer and easy to drill. You may also opt for artificial nails if you’re a bit concerned with piercing your natural nails. Here’s a tutorial on how to apply fake nails at home.

Next, trim the edges of your nails to your desired shape but don’t cut it too short since you want to keep a safe distance between your nail’s pink part and the free edge.

Step 2: Polishing Your Nails

woman polishes her nails on background | Easy Nail Piercing Tutorial For Beginners

Before you proceed with drilling your nails, it is a must to polish your nails first since you don’t want to leave uneven shades near the opening.

Also, there’s a good chance you’ll put some polish on the charm as well regardless of how steady your hand is.

Wait for the polish to dry then put some top coat. Once done, continue with the drilling.

Step 3: Creating the Tiny Hole

Once the preparations are done, it’s time to drill that tiny hole. It is recommended you use a hand-held drill so you can control the pressure.

It shouldn’t be too hard to penetrate since the edges are already soft and thin. The end of the drill should look like your typical but thinner bit or one that has a ball-shaped cutting edge at the end will also work fine.

It goes without saying that you should do this to your natural nails only if the free edge is incredibly strong and stable. If you feel like your nails are flimsy, go with the fake nails.

It is suggested you put your nail upside down on the table and have a towel underneath to contain the residue. Slowly drill until it is through.

It is important to do it slowly since wobbling can cause damage or breakage. If the drill gets stuck, calmly reverse it straight back out of the hole.

Once done, you’ll notice that the other side is a bit raised up so use the drill to push the opening to keep it even.

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Step 4: Equipping the Accessory

You can pierce any accessory mentioned above provided that it has the right size for the opening. At least 1/8-inch of space should be good as this is the standard size for most piercing materials.

Try not to use a dangling accessory that is too long since it has the tendency to sickle on other things. If you are using a jump ring, you may need some pliers to put it back together.

If it’s too hard, you can always ask for a pair of helping hands.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Now that the accessory is installed, use some cotton swabs to clean it up. Congratulations! You’ve successfully done nail piercing and we bet it looks gorgeous!

Here’s a comprehensive guide on nail piercing courtesy of Nail Art By Kathleen:

Nail piercing is indeed a unique way of expressing yourself thanks to its edgy and revolutionary look. Having this done on your nails won’t take much time and it gives your nail that extra flare.

Now, you have another fashionable look to rock and add to your arsenal. Lastly, try to flaunt it on social media so your friends will want to try it, too!

Do you have other tips on nail piercing for beginners? Feel free to share it in the comments section below!


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