Title:
Nail art tools painting methods of nails using the same
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Disclosed is a nail art tool, including a plurality of manicures or nail art paints (10) having various colors, an image plate (12) having a plurality of image recesses (14) engraved with various patterns or letters, a blade unit (16) to evenly trim the manicure or nail art paint (10) in the image recess (14) of the image plate (12), and a stamp (18) to carry the manicure or nail art paint in the image recess of the image plate and then stamp the manicure or nail art paint on the fingernail or face of the user. Also, there is disclosed a method of providing nail art using the nail art tool. The current invention allows users to easily and quickly paint their nails or faces with various decorative patterns, letters or other designs at a low expense so as to express their personalities and characters.



Inventors:
Choi, Dae-tong (Seoul, KR)
Application Number:
10/778551
Publication Date:
10/14/2004
Filing Date:
02/17/2004
Assignee:
CHOI DAE-TONG
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45D29/00; A45D40/30; B41F17/00; B41K1/00; B41M1/30; (IPC1-7): A45D24/00; A45D29/00
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Primary Examiner:
STEITZ, RACHEL RUNNING
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MAYER BROWN LLP (P.O. Box. 2828, Chicago, IL, 60690, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A nail art tool, for use in printing a predetermined pattern or letter on a fingernail or face of a user, comprising: a plurality of manicures or nail art paints having various colors; an image plate having a plurality of image recesses engraved with various patterns or letters; a blade unit to evenly trim the manicure or nail art paint in the image recess of the image plate; and a stamp to carry the manicure or nail art paint in the image recess of the image plate and then stamp the manicure or nail art paint on the fingernail or face of the user.

2. A method of providing nail art, for use in printing a predetermined pattern or letter on a fingernail or face of a user, comprising: a first step of selecting a predetermined image recess among a plurality of image recesses on an image plate, followed by selecting a predetermined manicure or nail art paint having a predetermined color among a plurality of manicures or nail art paints having various colors and then applying the predetermined manicure or nail art paint having the selected color in the selected image recess of the image plate by use of a brush; a second step of evenly trimming an upper surface of the manicure or nail art paint in the selected image recess of the image plate by use of a blade unit; a third step of transferring the manicure or nail art paint in the selected image recess of the image plate to a stamp; and a fourth step of stamping the manicure or nail art paint having the selected image on the fingernail of the user.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to nail art tools and painting methods of nails using the same, and more specifically, to a nail art tool for use in printing a variety of decorative patterns or letters on faces or fingernails of users to express their personalities and characters, and a method of providing nail art using the same.

[0003] 2. Description of Related Art

[0004] In recent years, the younger generation has increasingly expressed the personality by means of a variety of accessories, which is evolved to be a kind of youthcult.

[0005] Particularly, as for the young women, various decorative patterns or letters are printed on their fingernails to reflect their personalities, instead of simply manicuring.

[0006] However, since users have difficulties in painting desired pictures on their nails without assistance, they are subjected to nail art painting at a high expense for the service of the nail art painting. In addition, nail seals printed with various decorative patterns or letters may be separately used.

[0007] Thus, there are proposed devices for use in selecting a desired pattern among various patterns stored in a memory unit thereof and printing the selected pattern on fingernails of the users. However, such devices are costly, and have difficulties in use because they are mounted to a predetermined position and then cannot be moved freely.

[0008] Further, the users frequently wash their hands including the nails that are printed with the patterns or letters, whereby the printed patterns or letters may be easily removed while being not maintained even for a few days. Hence, the nail art effects in comparison with the high price become insignificant.

[0009] On the other hand, in various play lands or sports stadium, face painting is in fashion with children or teenagers. As such, persons skilled for such painting manually paint the pictures on faces of those who want to be face painted, thus requiring long periods. Consequently, many people who want to be face painted cannot but wait for the long periods or cannot be face painted. Further, since the persons to be painted are in the stationary state, it is difficult to provide a face painting as a pleasant experience.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] Therefore, it is an object of the present invention to alleviate the problems encountered in the art and to provide a nail art tool, for use in easily and quickly printing various decorative patterns or letters on a face or fingernails of a user, to show the personality of the user.

[0011] Another object of the present invention is to provide a nail art tool, for use in easily and quickly printing various decorative patterns or letters on a variety of accessories including mobile phones, handkerchiefs or scarves, as well as face painting, to express the personality of the user.

[0012] Still another object of the present invention is to provide a method of providing nail art using the nail art tool.

[0013] To achieve the above objects, there is provided a nail art tool, for use in printing a predetermined pattern or letter on a fingernail or face of a user, comprising: a plurality of manicures or nail art paints having various colors; an image plate having a plurality of image recesses engraved with various patterns or letters; a blade unit to evenly trim the manicure or nail art paint in the image recess of the image plate; and a stamp to carry the manicure or nail art paint in the image recess of the image plate and then stamp the manicure or nail art paint on the fingernail or face of the user.

[0014] In addition, there is provided a method of providing nail art, for use in printing a predetermined pattern or letter on a fingernail or face of a user, comprising: a first step of selecting a predetermined image recess among a plurality of image recesses on an image plate, followed by selecting a predetermined manicure or nail art paint having a predetermined color among a plurality of manicures or nail art paints having various colors and then applying the predetermined manicure or nail art paint having the selected color in the selected image recess of the image plate by use of a brush; a second step of evenly trimming an upper surface of the manicure or nail art paint in the selected image recess of the image plate by use of a blade unit; a third step of transferring the manicure or nail art paint in the selected image recess of the image plate to a stamp; and a fourth step of stamping the manicure or nail art paint having the selected image on the fingernail of the user.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0015] The above and other objects, features and other advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0016] FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a nail art tool of the present invention;

[0017] FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating the nail art tool in use, according to a first step of a method of providing nail art of the present invention;

[0018] FIG. 3 is a perspective view illustrating the nail art tool in use, according to a second step of the method of providing nail art of the present invention;

[0019] FIG. 4 is a perspective view illustrating the nail art tool in use, according to a third step of the method of providing nail art of the present invention;

[0020] FIG. 5 is a perspective view illustrating the nail art tool in use, according to a fourth step of the method of providing nail art of the present invention; and

[0021] FIG. 6 is a perspective view illustrating the completed nail art using the nail art tool of the present invention.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[0022] Reference should now be made to the drawings, in which the same reference numerals are used throughout the different drawings to designate the same or similar components.

[0023] FIG. 1 illustrates a nail art tool according to the present invention. As shown in FIG. 1, the nail art tool includes a plurality of manicures or nail art paints 10 having various colors, an image plate 12 having image recesses 14 engraved with various decorative patterns or letters, a blade unit 16 to evenly trim the manicure or nail art paint 10 applied to the image recess 14 of the image plate 12, and a stamp 18 to carry the manicure or nail art paint 10 in the image recess 14 of the image plate 12 and then stamp the manicure or nail art paint 10 on the fingernails or the face of the user.

[0024] The manicure or nail art paint 10, the image plate 12, the blade unit 16, and the stamp 18 are separately provided, and thus, are packaged and sold in a single product. As such, the manicure or nail art paint 10 and the image plate 12 may be bundled in a predetermined number, and then sold.

[0025] By use of the above nail art tool, a method of providing nail art is described, below.

[0026] As shown in FIG. 2, a desired image recess 14 is selected among a plurality of image recesses on the image plate 12, after which a predetermined manicure or nail art paint having a desired color is selected among the plurality of the manicures or nail art paints 10 having various colors and then applied to the selected image recess 14 of the image plate 12 by use of a brush 10-1.

[0027] As can be seen in FIG. 3, the manicure or nail art paint 10 in the selected image recess 14 of the image plate 12 is evenly trimmed by use of the blade unit 16, so that the upper surface of the manicure or nail art paint 10 is flush with the upper surface of the image plate 12.

[0028] In FIG. 4, the manicure or nail art paint 10 in the image recess 14 of the image plate 12 is stamped on the bottom surface of the stamp 18.

[0029] Finally, the manicure or nail art paint 10 having the desired image adhered to the stamp 18 is printed on the fingernail of the user, as seen in FIG. 5.

[0030] Thereby, the selected image is printed with the desired color on the fingernail of the user, thus completing the nail art, as shown in FIG. 6.

[0031] Although the nail art aiming at printing various decorative patterns and colors on the fingernail of the user is described, the face of the user may be painted according to the above procedure.

[0032] Further, portable goods, such as handkerchiefs or scarves, as well as various accessories including mobile phones, may be printed with the images having different patterns and colors, according to the above procedure, thus showing the unique personality of the user.

[0033] As described hereinbefore, the present invention provides a nail art tool and a method of providing nail art using the same, characterized in that various decorative patterns or letters can be easily and quickly printed on the fingernails or faces of the younger generation who thinks the personality to be important, even though they are not subjected to nail art or face painting for long periods by persons skilled for nail art or face painting at a high expense, therefore saving time and expenses and easily expressing the personalities and characters.

[0034] Further, a variety of images having different decorative patterns and colors are printed on accessories including mobile phones, handkerchiefs or scarves, thereby enhancing the personality of the user.

[0035] Furthermore, various images having different decorative patterns and colors can be printed on the packaging paper, thus increasing the sense of beauty.

[0036] Although the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been disclosed for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.