Raid your desk for tools to create your very own nail art kit.
If you’d love to give all those new nail trends a whirl but don’t have the budget to have it done by a professional, there’s still the option to try them out at home.
While there are plenty of nail art kits on the market, you really don’t have to look further than your desk for all the tools you need. These simple items not only get the job done, but they’re so super affordable that you’ll be able to save you pennies for a professional manicure in the future.
These pins are traditionally used for sewing and pinboards and can be found in almost every home. While the sharp tip of the pin is its main feature, the flat head on the opposite end is what we’re after. Simply dip the small round head in a dollop of your chosen nail colour and carefully press against dry, newly lacquered nails. Polka dots are a massive trend for fall so this tool is a must-have for the season.
If you’ve ever made your own stamps from potatoes, wood or erasers in the past, then this should be a cinch for you. Simply carve out a simple shape into a pencil’s eraser with a utility knife or blade as you would to make any stamp. The result is a miniature pencil stamp that’s just the right size for stamping hearts, flowers and other shapes onto dry, newly lacquered nails. Combine your pencil stamp with polka dots from a pin to create the flower centres above.
This office staple’s easy application and gentle adhesion makes it the beauty world’s answer to painter’s tape. Simple trim out your desired pattern and get painting. For stripes and color-blocking start with a dry, newly lacquered base and build up the design from there. Make sure each layer is set before applying the next and you’ll have salon-professional nails before you know it!
Once you get the hang of these tools, combine them to make a piece of art on every nail. Who knows, you might just start a new trend!