Friday, 1 August 2014

Nail Art Favourites: Wax Pencil


Nail Art can be fiddly enough as it is so when you add in the complication of trying to get your accessories from the pot on to your nail, things get even harder. I've always used a toothpick dipped in clear polish (to make the end sticky) to pick up any little accessories and was quite content with that method until I found out about wax pencils. Oh, how misguided I was!

I've seen these pencils before when browsing for nail art supplies online but I never really thought much of them - happy to soldier on with my toothpick method. I popped a duo in my basket last time I shopped at Born Pretty Store and was kicking myself for not trying them sooner. 

They look just like any other lead pencil but the substance running through the core is waxy. Tacky but not sticky. It has just the right amount of tack to pick up small items like studs and rhinestones and easily 'lets go' of them once they're on your nail without leaving any residue. You can sharpen them to a point for picking up tiny pieces of glitter or leave the end flat for larger items. 

I also like having something more substantial to grip. While a toothpick will give you pin point accuracy, your bones don't feel so great after 20 minutes of placing glitter! We're all used to holding pens and pencils so this nail art tool just sits naturally in your hand.

Now that I've tried these pencils I don't think I can ever go back and I'd recommend them to anyone struggling with applying the finishing details to their nail art. Have you used wax pencils before? I feel like I'm way behind the times on this!

Where to buy Wax Pencils



11 comments:

  1. Nice nail art favorite! I've seen these around and so need to get one myself. They look like a great tool to have especially if you use studs a lot.

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I've always seen these online and I thought they were regular colour pencils (which I tried for rhinestone placement and were horrible). But now that I know they are special, I'll buy a couple too. Thank you ;-)

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  3. been wanting one forever! they look so handy !

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  4. I started with these a while back, and I totally agree with you, they are much better than a toothpick and clear polish!

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  5. I bought one and, the first time I used it, I kicked myself for not getting one sooner. I like the tiny studs on my smaller nails and this makes it so easy peasy to place them. What a brilliant idea!

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  6. Oh I agree! I also used a polish-dipped toothpick at first but now I have a wax pencil and it's SO much better. The only problem is mine seems to lose its 'grip' really quickly - I suppose it gets a little oil or dust on it - so I have to sharpen it often. But other than that it works great! You also don't end up with little dots of clear polish on top of each stud!

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  7. Yep, these are fantastic! I always thought they were pointless until I bought one, haha.

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  8. I bought these with my last BPS order! I can't wait for them to arrive, especially after seeing your review!

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  9. Do they leave a residue on the gems/studs/glitter?

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  10. I had no idea that they were for picking stuff up!!! mind blown

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  11. Genius! No idea this stuff exists!

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