Let me start off by saying that you don't need a whole heck of a lot to get started with nail art. Nail art is an expressionist art form after all. There is truly no right or wrong way to do it. However,there are tips, tricks and tools that can make your nail art life easier. Over the next four weeks, this series will cover some of the basics of nail art from understanding nail polish finishes to basic nail art techniques.
1. A fast-drying top coat I covered this awhile back in my 7 items every polish addict should own post as well as my top coat comparison post. A good top coat is always important but even more so with nail art. Fast-drying top coats are your best friend when it comes to nail art. It will drastically cut down the amount of time you have to spend waiting for layers of polish to dry. I currently use KBShimmer Clearly on Top and I love it, but I encourage you to find one that you love and that works for you.
2. A detailing brush & striping brush. I won't get into too much detail about them since we will talk more in depth about their use later in the series. They are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. You can buy them in a set along with other brushes - I got my first brush set from Born Pretty Store. You can also get them on Amazon. Just make sure that you type in "nail art detail brush" or nail art striping brush" in the search bar. I highly recommend buying a full brush set. They all will come in handy at some point.
3. Dotting tool. Now this one is something you don't necessarily need. You can create dots using lots of different things: the bottom of a pen, a hairpin, etc. But if you are looking for consistent, clean dots then a dotting tool is where it's at. I got my first one for .99 on eBay. I now use a dual-tipped dotting tool that has a large bulb on one end and a small one on the other. Perfect for those multi-sized dotticures. They also come in handy for making hearts, birds, flowers you name it.
4. Black and White polish. You will use these colors more than any other when it comes to nail art. They don't have to be super expensive. My go to cheap black and white polishes are Sinful Colors Black on Black and Snow Me White. They retail for $1.99 ea. They both stamp well too, which is always a plus.
5. Striping Tape. I bought this thinking I would never actually use it. I was so wrong! All those amazing art deco nail art designs you see on Pinterest? Striping tape! I know some people use regular old Scotch tape for their designs but striping tape is easier. Trust me. I have used both and scotch tape is far more time consuming. Who wants to spend time cutting stripes into perfectly straight smaller pieces? Not me. Striping tape is actually cheaper than regular tape so you will be saving yourself some pocket change on this one. Again- you can find it in bulk or by single rolls on eBay, Amazon and Born Pretty Store.
Those are the basic items to get you started on your nail art journey. Stay tuned next week for the next post in this series!