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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?