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Follow Along with Cult Cosmetics

Nail art kits and chemical-free lacquers with a SoCal vibe

blackbox by cult cosmetics!

It took years and countless spills, but you finally mastered the DIY manicure. Then came reverse half-moons, multicolor stripes, and intricate florals (damn it).

Try your hand at Blackbox by Cult Cosmetics.

Each parcel contains everything necessary (three full-size lacquers, tools, instructions) to turn rookies into nail art buffs. Splurge on the monthly subscription or order a la carte; featured designs are frequently updated (with input from a vast online community of other mani-acs) and run the gamut from groovy glitters to color blocks.

Polish fetishists can get their hands on vegan, five-free hues, each of which pays homage to a SoCal landmark: Joshua Tree (barely-there nude), Chateau Marmont (moody aubergine), and Hollywood Forever (iridescent top coat) are crowd favorites. The saturated one-and-done formulas go on smooth in a single coat.

This spring, fresh colors will be unveiled weekly, followed later in the year by a makeup line and branded mani/pedi joints.

If you’d rather just leave it to the pros.

Available at cultcosmetics.com. Nail art kits, $20-$25; polish, $12.

Photo: Courtesy of Cult Cosmetics