At the risk of stating the obvious, intricate nail art is gaining momentum by the moment. Found yourself completely obsessed yet? Can’t say that we blame you. We’re not only obsessed, we’re inspired, too. To that end, we're starting a new weekly DIY nail art column here at Fashionista where we'll give you new nail art design ideas and teach you how to achieve the look.
There's plenty of inspiration out there on the internet, too. From Pinterest to Polyvore to Tumblr to Twitter, the web provides endless outlets for you to peruse in search of creativity. We have Fuck Yeah Nail Art, Nail Art 101, and Beautopia bookmarked.
But like any artist, first you need the right supplies, so we've rounded up everything you need to get in on the fun and start freaking out your fingertips all by yourself.
When you’re done, be sure to share your mani masterpieces with us. Here’s how to submit pics: Tweet a photo @fashionista_com with the hashtag #nailart, email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or click the button below to upload from your computer!
We can’t wait to see just how talented you all are! Now click through to see our recommendations for a fully-stocked nail art arsenal.
NAIL POLISH: No matter what your budget, you can find beautiful lacquers.
•Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Nail Polish, $6.99 at Drugstore.com
•Nars Opaque Nail Polish, $18 at NarsCosmetics.com
•Nails Inc. Nail Polish, $9.50 at Sephora.com
•Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color, $26 at Chanel.com
•Sephora by OPI Nail Colour, $9.50 at Sephora.com
•Love & Beauty Nail Polish, $2.80 at Forever21.com
•NCLA Nail Lacquer, $16 at ShopNCLA.com
•The New Black Golden Glimmer Nail Shades Duo, $10 at Nordstrom.com
(Nail art must-haves, next page!)
PENS, STENCILS, WRAPS, GEMS, & JEWELRY: Makes creating fun, diverse designs super-duper easy.
•Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, $7.29 at Drugstore.com
•TopShop Gold/Black Nail Set, $15 at TopShop.com
•Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil, $6.99 at Walgreens.com
•Konad Stamping Nail Art Set, $26.90 at KonadNailArt.com
•Butter London Nail Skins, $10 at Nordstrom.com
•Kiss Nail Dress Jeweled Nail Strips, $7.99 at Walgreens.com
•Cina Dial-A-Gem Kit, $10.49 at SallyBeauty.com An assortment of colorful rhinestones—240 gems in 10 colors.
•Elegant Touch Multi Nail Art, $5.49 at Ulta.com
(Manicure necessities, next page!)
MANICURE MUST-HAVES: Keeping your nails in tip-top shape is an absolute necessity.
•Carol’s Daughter Lemon & Jojoba Cuticle Oil, $10 at CarolsDaughter.com
•OPI Natural Nail Strengthener, $7.50 at Drugstore.com
•Deborah Lippmann Ridge Filler Base Coat, $18 at Nordstrom.com
•Cina Top Coat and Bonder, $4.49 at SallyBeauty.com Specially formulated to bond nail jewelry to your polish.
•Studio 35 Nail Polish Remover Pads, $3.49 at Walgreens.com
•Essie Nail Corrector Pen, $14 at Nordstrom.com
•Revlon Manicure Essentials Kit, $6.19 at Ulta.com
•Nicole Drying Drops for Nail Lacquer, $7.99 at Ulta.com