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!