This Is the Best Nail Polish Brand to Use If You Have Kids—Here's Why


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Oh, to be a mini nail polish enthusiast. Not only are there nontoxic options, but there's also one brand, in particular, that offers scented, sparkly, and bright polishes certain to tickle any child's polish-loving fancy. Enter Piggy Paint Nail Polish. Isn't the name adorable? Founded by Melanie Hurley in 2008, the mom of two set out to formulate a safer version of nail polishes for her two- and four-year-old daughters. In other words, it's pretty much the best nail polish choice if a little one is requesting an at-home mani, and it's really no surprise that little beauty lovers everywhere are adorning their nails with the brand.

So, What Makes Piggy Paint Nail Polish the Best Option for Kids?

For starters, the formulas are water-based but still (rather miraculously) dry down to a hard finish that won't wash or peel off until your little one wants it to. (You will have to follow a few simple instructions, but more on that later.)

Additionally, the cruelty-free, vegan polishes are chemical-free, so there's no traditional nail polish smell. Also, many of the line's polishes boast signature kid-friendly scents. 

How Do You Apply Piggy Paint?

First things first, wash those hands with soap and water. Next, apply a thin layer of Piggy Paint Basecoat + Topcoat ($5) to ensure a chip-resistant mani and let it air dry. Now, it's time for the color! Paint on two to three coats of polish, but here's where things get different… you'll need a blow-dryer. 

Blow-dry polished nails for one minute with a hair dryer set on a warm heat/low setting, as warm heat helps harden polish quickly. Lastly, apply a thin layer of Piggy Paint Basecoat + Topcoat ($5) and blow-dry the nails once more to finalize the look. 

Now that you know how to give your little one a nontoxic mani, here are a few of the best nail polish shades from Piggy Paint. Keep scrolling!


Banana Besties

Wacky Watermelon

Forever Fancy

Mermaid in the Shade


Snow Bunny's Perfect

Shine Topcoat

Grouchy Grape

Dragon Tears

Basecoat + Topcoat

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