When You Think You’ve Got The Perfect Dipped Manicure Kit: This Is A Lot Of Faux Art

You know when you’ve spent the day combing your hair and all you have left is a comb, a brush, and a pair of scissors?

When you look around, you might find that your salon has gone completely off the rails. 

And then you think about how many of those salon owners are wearing faux-leather manicures. 

So, if you’re like me, you’ve got a pretty decent grasp on the art of manicuring but it’s time to get real about the craft and practice of using modern materials to create the perfect manicure.

And yes, the best part is, you don’t have to spend any money on a manicure chair.

Here’s how to use vintage nail polish, a vintage pencil and some classic scissors to create your perfect manicurist look. 


Use the old-school scissors that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. 

I’m not sure why, but many of us love the way those scissors look when they’re held in the palm of our hands. 

They’re sharp, not dull, and they don’t scratch easily. 

Plus, you’ll have a good handle on the finer points of the art and the tools needed to apply the polish. 

But the old school style is really easy to find. 

Check out these links to vintage nail polishes: Nail Polish Maker’s Guide (and this video) Nellie’s Nail Polish (and this video). 

If you’re really looking to impress your friends, here’s a video of a man using his favorite scissors and pencil. 


You’ll need a pair of vintage nail scissors and some vintage pencils. 

  I used to love using these old-fashioned scissors. 

Like most people, I was born in the late ’50s and early ’60s, when I was first introduced to the concept of manicure scissors.

But back then, these scissors were a lot more useful than they are today. 

If your scissors don’t fit the modern nail polish bottle, they’re a good way to add a little touch of style to your manicure or create a beautiful, personalized gift. 


Find some vintage jewelry. 

Jewelry can be a great way to create a timeless, timeless look.

So why not try making a piece of vintage jewelry from the vintage nail and pencil? 

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on vintage nails or pencils, but if you can find them at your local store, then you can create a perfect manicura. 


Pick up a vintage bottle opener. 

One of my favorite ways to add some vintage flair to a manicurant is to buy a vintage nail opener and add a touch of color to the manicure itself. 

The modern nail opener is made of stainless steel, but the old fashioned ones are more expensive. 

Instead of buying a pair, buy one of these antique vintage bottle openers and use it to open a bottle of vintage nail ink. 

5. Apply the modern manicure with a vintage sharpener. 

Now, you could apply your modern manicure using a manicured nail brush, but I prefer to use a vintage pen. 

My favorite vintage pen is the Coralville Pencil, which was designed in the 1930s.

It was a fountain pen that could be dipped in liquid ink to create different colors. 

It’s the perfect tool to use to create that vintage manicure look.

It’s also the perfect gift to give someone special thanks for that special gift you received. 


Finish your manicurine with a modern pencil.