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How to: Stock Up a Nail-Art Kit

Mon, 19 November 2012 10:35AM

From marble nails to glitter and decals, we’ve been closely watching the nail art movement over the past few months. And while quite often all you’ll need is a polish or two, when it comes to creating patterns and thinking outside the box, there are a few extra beauty buys you might want to consider adding to your nail kit …

Synthetic Long Liner Brush, $3.95, Lincraft
When it comes to painting thin strokes of polish, or even flowers and patterns, a paintbrush is not only cheap as chips, it makes drawing all the much easier. Better still, these brushes last and last, as long as you wash them thoroughly after each use. I just use a regular bar of soap and swish the brush around until the colour runs off, and then leave it to dry naturally.

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, $9.95, Priceline
These pens are a permanent staple in my nail art kit. Not only are the ideal for creating straight lines and dots, they’re perfect for filling in any small sections in your nail designs. Black and white are my essential colours, but they do come in an array of others, including a standout red.

Essie Quick-e Drying Drops, $31.50, 1800 811 611
I find that when I’m doing any type of nail painting or art, I get quite impatient between adding coats and or patterns. Enter these easy-to-use, lifesavers of a nail product. Great for the girl-on-the-go, once you have painted your nails, wait a few seconds and add one drop to each finger and the polish dries instantly.

Orly Top 2 Bottom, 19.95, 1300 279 335
I’m all for a multi-tasking beauty product, but in my time I’ve come across few two-in-one nail polishes that do the job well. Except for this baby. Not only is it quick-drying as a base coat, providing the perfect anchor for my nail polish, the top coat is both chip-proof and glossy, making my nail art last.

Manicare Cuticle Sticks, $2.70 for a pack of four, Priceline
Pushed-back, neat cuticles not only make your nails look longer – meaning there’s more room for your nail art – using a cuticle stick also keeps them healthier, meaning you avoid them drying out. Tip: to clean up any spillage or mistakes, grab a cuticle stick and dip it in nail polish remover, then wrap a cotton wool ball around the top, almost so it looks like a mini fairy floss. You’ll find that some of the cotton attaches to the stick, which you can then use to neaten up your edges. Alternatively, you could splurge on a ready-made one like Manicare’s Nail Enamel Corrector Pen, $12.95.

OPI Nail Polish, $19.95, David jones
Of course, the ultimate must-have product in any nail kit is a good quality nail polish with an extensive colour range. Not only do I always find an OPI colour to fit in with my designs and patterns, but there are constantly new shades being released in an array of finishes and textures to suit all of my nail needs.

Ulta3 Nail Polish Remover, $5.95, Priceline
Considering I experiment with my nails on a weekly (ok, daily) basis, nail polish remover sits on my desk permanently at work. First and foremost, I love the smell of this nail polish – it has a soft, almost floral-like fragrance, as opposed to many other hay-fever inducing ones I’ve tried. Nail art, including glitter, is gone with just a few swipes.

Tell me, Primpers, what’s in your nail art kit?

Got any must-have products?

And if you don’t have a kit, would you want to pick up any of these to get a kit started?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Mon, 19 November 2012 08:04pm

    Some good starting points.
    My nail kit consists of base coats, top cots, few colours, some shatters, some glitters and a polka dot polish.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Tue, 20 November 2012 01:02pm

    Great article Hayley!
    I’ve long been a fan of nail polish but only relatively recently I’ve wanted to get the proper tools for nail art and didn’t know where to go. I’ve been using nail striper brushes…just cleaning them before I use other colours. I am after some dotting tools and have been advised to try ebay..just haven’t got around to it yet.
    I also love this Ulta3 nail polish remover, most pleasantly fragranced remover I’ve tried.
    Manicare or Sally Hansen clean up pens are fabulous but a little exxy so I have been using a smallish wide paint brush from Bunnings dipped in remover to clean up edges. I really love Poshe Fast Drying Top Coat, dries amazingly quickly and smooths out any glitter or nail art lumps and bumps!

  • Posted by: missselin Devotee // Wed, 21 November 2012 02:08pm

    My nail kit is very basic.
    Just base coats, top coats and colours.

  • Posted by: Shazam57 Enthusiast // Fri, 23 November 2012 06:25pm

    Great products featured here! Those Essie quick-drying drops would be a saviour!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Mon, 26 November 2012 02:51pm

    Yey nail art kit!!
    Ive seen the painting brushes at lincraft and thought how perfect theyd be for painting art on nails. Just never tried it :)
    Ive tried the SH nail art pens in the past and just cant seem to get them to work properly.
    On my to buy list would be the manicare glass filer. Glass filers are ment to be better for your nails and prevent them from spliting.

  • Posted by: cwingy83 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:45pm

    i have some basic ones but have not been very successfull crating the nail art looks that I want

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 05:08pm

    I’ve heard such mixed reviews on the nail art pens, I don’t know whether to try them or not!

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 07:31pm

    Those Manicare cuticle sticks look really handy!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 4 December 2012 09:47am

    I’m not very creative with my nails and need to work harder to try new styles on them. Lots of interesting products, especially want the Quick drying drops!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Tue, 4 December 2012 03:56pm

    i have lots of normal nailpolishes, 2 base coats and two top coats.i am not a fan of nail art, so i dont have brushes etc.. i would love to know whether those lincraft brushes would be good for eyeliner though! lol

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 11:40am

    I am obsessed with OPI nail polish. They just keep releasing awesome new ones that I covet.

  • Posted by: thecatwhosawstars Master Fan // Wed, 5 June 2013 01:38pm

    The nail art pens would be great to play around with.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 18 July 2013 12:55pm

    i have few nail art pens but i find them so difficult to use

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 12 August 2013 08:38pm

    I’ve only the basics, heaps of nail polish, clear top coat, polish remover, nail file, and nail foils.

  • Posted by: Lauren-1339916162 Master Fan // Mon, 16 September 2013 03:02pm

    All the new nail looks are so involved. This kit looks like a great jumping off point for a novice like me

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