Beauty Road Test: Jazz Up Your Nails With State of the Art by Sonia Kashuk

Take your nails from drab to fab this spring with Sonia Kashuk's limited-edition State of the Art nail art kit!

Beauty Road Test: Jazz Up Your Nails With State of the Art by Sonia Kashuk

Take your nails from drab to fab this spring with Sonia Kashuk’s limited-edition State of the Art nail art kit!

-Lucia Peters

Sonia Kashuk Spring 2013 State of the Art

When I was a kid, I had one of those Klutz Nail Art books. The edition I had can still be gotten from Amazon Amazon for $22.97, although according to Klutz’s website, its most recent edition can be found here. I was maybe twelve at the time, and my tools then consisted of a couple of pots of Klutz’s non-toxic nail polish and a box of toothpicks. My memory may be faulty, because I’m almost positive I created great works of art in miniscule on my nails back then; in any event, my hand was certainly steadier than it is now. That said, though, I marvel at what my twelve-year-old self could have accomplished if I had Sonia Kashuk’s State of the Art nail art kit ($14.99, on hand (pun intended).

Given my fond memories of drawing little smiley faces and pieces of fruit on my nails in years gone by, then, you can imagine how excited I was to see State of the Art when it landed in our mail box last week. Nostalgia with a modern flair? Yes please!

Part of Sonia Kashuk’s Moroccan-inspired Spring 2013 collection, the limited-edition State of the Art nail art kit comes with three mini bottles of nail polish in coordinating colors (my kit and two nail art brushes: One that resembles a higher tech version of the toothpicks I used as a kid, and a second that’s a little wider and flatter. Even better, the polishes—with 3-free formulas and a chip-resistant, high-shine finish, of course—come in one of my favorite color combinations: Mint green (called “Fairy Princess” here), aqua (“Contessa”), and cobalt (“By the Sea,” natch).

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For my first foray into nail art in roughly sixteen years, I kept it small and simple: After giving my nails two coats of the aqua shade, I added one embellishment—a flower with blue petals and a pale green center—to the nail of my left thumb. Then I sealed the whole thing over with a clear top coat (my go-to is Maybelline’s Express Finish top coat, but any clear top coat will work). Here’s the result:

Lucia nail art

Not perfect, but not too bad, right? Sure, it’s a little rough, but chalk that up to the fact that I’m so desperately out of practice. I’m pretty sure that with a little bit of time and effort, I’ll be able to get back in the swing of it with the help of this little kit—and I’m equally sure that anyone picking it up for the first time will be able to learn how to create gorgeous nail art right at home, too (no salon trip necessary).

Sonia Kashuk’s Spring 2013 Limited Edition Collection is available exclusively at Target, so if you want to add the State of the Art kit to your beauty arsenal—which I highly recommend—head on over to Your nails have never had it so good!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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