15 Must Have Tools in Your Nail Art Kit – If you are obsessed with nail arts, but don’t want to visit salons to get it done, then you must build your own nail art kit. Gone are the days of applying uni-color nail polishes to make your nails look beautiful. Nail art is gaining popularity these days. And once you try nail arts, chances are less that you would want to get back to monochromatic nail polishes. But not all of us can spend at salons to get our choice of nail art done. Sometimes we can’t even manage the time. Or may be you simply love doing your own nail art! In each scenario, having your own nail art kit can solve the problem. In case you are wondering where to start from, check out this article to know 15 Must Have Tools in Your Nail Art Kit.
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15 Must Have Tools in Your Nail Art Kit
1. Nail Polishes
Okay, so it is obvious that you cannot build your nail art kit without nail polishes. And obviously you would need a lot of different colors of nail polish. Instead of spending too much just for nail polishes, go for the small kits where you will get different colors of nail polishes in mini bottles. Make sure you choose quality products, otherwise your nail art won’t last long or may be you wouldn’t get the desired effect. Also, don’t forget to get a good quality top coat and base coat.
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2. Makeup Sponge
The next one in our list of must have tools in your nail art kit is makeup sponges. These sponges will help to create ombre nails as well as galaxy nails. For ombre style nail art, you have to paint two different colors of nail polish in parallel lines (touching each other) onto a sponge. Then press the sponge onto the nail to create the ombre nail art. For galaxy design, use small dabs of different nail colors. If you want, you can get the fake nails and artificial nails from market and create the design there to see how it looks.
3. Nail Art Brushes
Nail art brushes are also important to create different lines and effects. For a french manicure look or color blocking look, you must have a angled brush in your nail art kit. This will help to create edges and corners of your nail art design. A striping brush with a long head is another important tool in your nail art kit. This will help to create sharp and even lines. For intricate nail art design, creating small detailing and outlines are very important. For that, you need a detail brush in your nail art kit. If you are a beginner and not sure how each brush works, try to use them on fake nails or artificial nails to create different nail arts.
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4. Nail Strips
This is a must have tool in your nail art kit, since nail stripes let you create so many different nail art designs. For beginners, it is the easiest way to create nail art designs. You can create simple stripes, both vertical and horizontal, zig zag patterns, checks and various other patterns by using the nail stripes. And the best thing is that these nail strips do not ruin your nail polish while you pull them off the nails.
5. Dotting Tool
A nail art kit without dotting tool is simply unimaginable! These dotting tools help you create polka dots nail art design. And polka dots nail art is probably the cutest nail art you will ever see. One must get a set of dotting tools with different sizes of head to bring variety in the design. Not only polka dots, these dotting tools also help to create various other nail art designs.
However, you need to have steady hand to use the dotting tools properly. You can start by practicing on fake nails or artificial nails first, and then create the nail art on your real nails.
6. Nail Art Stickers
Nail art stickers are another important part of your nail art kit. These nail stickers come very handy when you have to do something very fast. Nail art stickers are pre made designs with adhesive on the back. Make sure your base nail color is completely dry before pressing these nail art stickers and also, seal the design fast with a top coat. These nail art stickers can also be used to create nail art design on fake nails/artificial nails.
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7. Stamping Plates and Nail Stampers
You must have stamping plates and nail stampers in your nail art kit. Nail stamping is one of the best way to create various nail art designs quickly. First you have to paint the nail polish over the design of your choice on the stamping plate. Scrape off the excess polish and then, quickly roll the rubber end of nail stamper over the design and then roll it again on your nails to transfer the design, and you are done! You can also do nail stamping on fake nails or artificial nails.
8. Loose Glitters
Next on our list of must have tools in nail art kit is loose glitters. Glitter nail polishes are easily available and quite popular for doing nail art, but loose glitters lets you experiment with different types of nail art designs. For example : you can do ‘glittery tips’ nail art with loose glitters. First paint the nails with your choice of base nail polish. Then, paint a thin layer of clear nail polish across the tips of the nails and dip each finger in the glitter pot. Remove the excess with a fan brush. Glittery tips looks best on long nails. If your nails are short, try using the fake nails or artificial nails.
9. Rubbing Alcohol
Another tool that you need to have in your nail art kit is rubbing alcohol. Take a look at the picture above. How cool this nail art look? The newspaper nail art design never goes out of style. Though it looks quite intricate, but actually this can be done very easily. And you need rubbing alcohol for that. Simply soak a piece of newspaper in the rubbing alcohol, and then press it on the nails for 30 seconds. Then peel it off and seal the design with a top coat. You can do the same with pages from your favorite book.
Embellishments are must in a nail art kit, since they can take any nail art to the next level. Rhinestones are one of the most popular nail embellishments. You can also get cute little bows, nail studs specially the metal studs and glass studs, pearls, clear crystals etc. These embellishments add glamour to any nail art designs. Furthermore, you can use studs and pearls to create a 3D effect on the nails. You can also use these embellishments on fake nails or artificial nails. These embellishments are easily available at any local craft store, so don’t forget to pack them in your nail art kit.
11. Acrylic Paints
If you are good at painting, you would surely love creating unique designs on your nails. And for this, acrylic paints are must. Acrylic paints are available as a set. You can either get the entire set or pick up your favorite colors to create nail art designs. Acrylic paints are very easily available at any local craft store. Make sure to invest in good quality acrylic colors, so that the design you create lasts long. Therefore, acrylic paints need to be in your nail art kit. In case you are wondering, acrylic colors also work on fake nails or artificial nails.
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12. Nail Art Tweezers
Nail art tweezers are another must have tools in your nail art kit. Adding beads, stones etc needs precise application and that’s why you must pack nail art tweezers in your nail art kit. Nail art tweezers look slightly different from the normal tweezers. The special pointed ends of these tweezers help to pick small embellishments. Small scissors also needs to be in any nail art kit, because nail art stickers, decals etc require you to cut them before applying.
13. Nail Filer/Buffer
This is another very important tool in our nail art kit. The easiest way to add a professional touch to your at home nail art, is to cut and file all the nails in same shape. Use the rougher side of a nail filer to to file and get the shape of your choice, and then use the smoother side to buff and smoothen the edges. In case you love using fake nails or artificial nails, then this tool becomes all the more important. You need to cut the fake nails and shape them according to your choice before applying the polish.
It doesn’t sound like a nail art tool, but keeping few toothpicks inside your nail art kit can come handy. In case you do not get nail art tweezers, these toothpicks can help you to pick rhinestones and place them on the nails to create the pattern you want. Moreover, the toothpicks also help to paint dots in any nail art design.
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15. Nail Polish Removers
The last one in our list of must have tools in nail art kit is the nail polish removers. Its a no-brainer that you must need a nail polish remover to remove the old nail art design and create a fresh one. Make sure you pick up a nail polish remover that do not contain acetone and paraben. It must contain vitamin E to nourish the nails.
These were all the tools that we think are must have in your nail art kit. These are the basic tools that will help you create a variety of nail art designs, be it simple or intricate. Do you have your own nail art kit? Tell us what are the tools you have included in your customized nail art kit 🙂