While most girls enjoy going to those nail bars and salons to get their nails done regularly, let’s be honest we hardly have any time left after ticking off the gazillion things we have on our to dos. A pampering manicure and freshly painted nails is simply a luxury that we can’t afford every time we need our nails done.
If you’re the kind that paints your nails while binge watching your favourite show on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place. Grab a pen and paper and take notes on these 11 essential items every nail art addict must have in her nail kit.
- Staple nail polishes
- Top coat and matte top coat
- Nail polish remover and cotton pads
- Cuticle oil and nail repair formula
- Scotch tape and striping tape
- Q tips
- Tweezers and nail file
- Studs, stones and stickers
- White and black nail paint
- Glitter and metallic nail polishes
Staple nail polishes
Duh! Zero guesses on this one! Having a few of your favourite nail paints is super important especially if you’re building a kit. Start by buying some basic shades like red, pink and nudes. Just like lipsticks, same colour nail paints have different shades and undertones so make sure you pick a red and pink that suits your skin colour.
If you have medium skin tones opt for beige nudes, orange reds and peachy pinks. The Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist in Beige Nude & Peach Schnapps are good picks. Those with dusky skin tones can go for baby pinks and deep reds. Opt for the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Nails in Crimson and Fuschia.
Top coat and matte top coat
Spending on a top coat is extremely important as it works as a base and gives a perfect finish to your nail polish, saving it from chipping. If you are a sucker for matte nails buy a matte top coat which instantly makes any nail paint go from shine to matte. The Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Top coat is a great option and if you’re looking for a matte top coat buy the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Nails Top coat.
Nail polish remover and cotton pads
If you’re going to keep trying new stuff on your nails it’s important to invest in a good nail polish remover. It’s important that the remover doesn’t dry your nails too much leaving them brittle and yellow. The Lakmé Ultra Nail Enamel Remover is enriched with Vitamin E and removes the paint well while also strengthening your nails.
Cotton pads work much better than a normal cotton roll as they efficiently remove the colour and are super easy to use. Glitter polish remover pads have also hit the market, so if you’re all about that glitter get your hands on these online.
Cuticle oil and nail repair formula
The constant applying and removing of nail paint can leave your nails brittle and dry. Using a cuticle oil or nail repair formula will help bring back life and moisture to your nails
Scotch tape and striping tape
These are basic tools for every budding nail art enthusiast. Not only do they help you do different nail colours, they can easily be stuck on and pulled away to created sleek lines.
P.S: Keep a scissor handy for when you need to cut some striping tape.
Yes! You heard us right. It’s for all those times you accidently paint outside the nail and want to easily remove any excess nail polish without spoiling the other nails. Simply add a few drops of remover and swipe the bud around the nail.
Instead of spending money on a dotter tool simply use a toothpick to make dots or circles of different sizes.
P.S – You can use both the sides of a toothpick. The tip for a fine dot and the top for a bigger one.
Tweezers and nail file
Tweezers come in handy when you want to place a sticker, stone or even pull out some tape from the nail. Not only is it easy but also a non- messy way of working.
Nail files are super important for all those SOS situations when you accidently break a nail. Just grab it and slightly file the edges of the nail and you’re good to go!
Studs, stones and stickers
The beauty market is flooded with some super chic and trendy nail art accessories that work brilliantly to amp up your nails.
Pro tip-Buy stones and studs that come with peel offs or adhesive so that you don’t need to go buy a glue separately.
White and black nail paint
Investing in good black and white nail paints is important as these are colours that go well with any nail art. Be it a classic French manicure or a striped nail art these two shades are nail art must haves.
Glitter and metallic nail polishes
When in doubt just add some glitter and you’re good to go. These can be used as top coats to finish a look or simply paint your nails with some metallic polish and pair it with a neutral shade for some easy nail art. The Lakmé Color Crush Festive nail art range is a great buy if you’re looking for new and attractive nail paints like chrome, unicorn or even plain glitter.
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