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Nail A Family-Friendly Mani With These 9 Tips

For every glam kiddo who's just dying to decorate their nails in pretty colors.

Sarah Burns · about 1 year ago

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Got a glam kiddo who’s just dying to decorate their nails in pretty colors? Worried about the mess, the safety, or that weird chemical smell? Tell them yes, and nix the mess, with these kid-friendly options!

Cardboard, a marker, and some paints are all you need for a day at this DIY Salon!

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Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

This is a versatile craft that doesn’t require special materials and can be aged up or down to make it suitable for anyone. No cardboard? Use paper! No paints? Have your little salon tech get creative with crayons, stickers, markers, or even those old bottles of polish you have hanging around from last season. Kids love the limitless nail-painting possibilities, and multiple hands means more opportunity for creativity!

Get the full instructions at Happy Toddler Playtime

Available in a rainbow of pretty pastels, and adorned with silly faces, Nailmatic is great because it washes right off with soap and water.



Nailmatic looks and feels just like the real thing, without any of the toxic fumes. This France-based kids cosmetics company also carries a line of regular nail polish, so you can create the perfect “Mommy and me” manicure look.

For the full spa experience at home, Nailmatic has an all-in-one kit with everything you need to pamper yourself.

Credit: Nailmatic

Credit: Nailmatic

This 7-piece kit from Nailmatic is filled to the brim with spa essentials, like bath bombs, nail art stickers, and water-based nail polish that washes off easily. Now you can treat yourself to a relaxing day of indulgence from the comfort of your own bathroom at home.

Have trouble deciding what color or design to go with? This kit takes the guesswork out of your manicure, because it's ALL guesswork!

Credit: Vendees

Credit: Vendees

The Go Wild nail art kit from Vendees introduces the unboxing concept into the world of manis and pedis. Each kit comes loaded with nail polish, press-on nails, stickers, and other little surprises so that each manicure is a new experience.

A good manicure doesn't need to take all afternoon to do! This nail stamper makes the process almost effortless.

Credit: Cool Maker

Credit: Cool Maker

The Go Glam nail stamper makes it easy to recreate salon-style manicures quickly and easily at home. All you need to do is apply a base coat and load your favorite design into the stamper! And if you're the type of person who gets bored easily and likes a little variety, this kit makes it easy to update your look on the fly.

Store-bought is convenient and all, but DIYing is twice the fun!

Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

Heeral Chhibber / CAMP

This simple tutorial walks you through making your very own washable nail polish, using ingredients you probably already have at home. Great for sensitive skin, or those with allergies, because you control exactly what goes in it.

Anyone can just buy a bottle of nail polish, but mixing your very own is super special! Your family gets to choose what colors to make, or even mix colors to create your very own, unique shade.

Find Instructions on the Crafting with Kids Youtube channel.

Puttisu Nail Polish is a water-based nail polish and the bottles are so darned cute, you’re going to want every single color.

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Credit: Puttisu USA

Washable brands can turn sticky when wet, so they can be a little tricky when it’s time to wash your hands, but with Puttisu, simply peel it off, and toss it out. Glitter fans will love their super shiny finishes and sparkle-filled topcoats.

Looking for a kid-safe polish that will last more than one hand-washing session? Kid Licks may be the answer you've been looking for!


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Made from only edible ingredients, Kid Licks makes a clear topcoat to protect your handiwork for several days. When you’re ready for your next mani, Kid Licks comes off easily with some rubbing alcohol, and a cotton ball. Bonus? It dries in 60 seconds!

Kid Licks has the staying power to show off your fancy new look for several days, without the peeling and flaking that can happen with similar brands. Fume-free, and totally non-toxic, this is a great option for trying to kick a nail-biting habit.

Cuticles are basically the frame for your nail-masterpiece, so why not make them CUTE-icles?

Nail Cuticle Tattoos

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NPW’s Nail Cuticle Tattoos come in an array of adorable designs that are easily applied with water and wear off in a few days, or can be removed with soap, and a washcloth, if you’re in a hurry to create your next lewk. Anyone can paint their nails, but these temporary tattoos are a manicure game changer, creating a one-of-a-kind mani that goes beyond the bounds of regular polish! So easy to apply and remove, you can step away for a few, confident there will be no colorful mess when you get back.