How To Use Different Kinds Of Nail Art Brushes

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How To Use Nail Art Brushes

From liner brushes to dotting tools to stamping kits, there are endless ways to make your DIY nail art a magical masterpiece. You don't need to resort to costly salon trips anymore! 2024 is the year in which you can finally let your creativity flow unhindered, all in the comfort of your own home.

At a glance

  1. The liner, or striper, brush is perfect for mitigating shakiness in your hands and completing plaid designs, straight lines, or geometric patterns.
  2. An angled flat brush is best for one-stroke designs.
  3. A clean-up nail brush can often be an angled brush and is used to clean off gel, polish, or other product from your skin after painting your nails.
  4. Gel brushes are best for gel, acrylic paint, or even powder.

At first, the concept of using nail art brushes might seem like a daunting one. But regardless of whether you consider yourself a proficient nail artist or not, the right tools can make your nail art journey uncomplicated, effortless, and simply easy.

Keep reading, and we'll cover the various types of nail brushes and how you can use them!

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Types of nail brushes and how to use them

After mindlessly splashing your nails with a single coat of polish over and over, it might get tiring. Now is the time to try out those intricate lines and dazzling details you've been seeing on Pinterest!

However, it can be nearly impossible to replicate your favorite designs with just a single bottle of nail polish. It's important to ensure you have the right tools on hand that will make it easy to bring your creative vision to life. And that's where nail art brushes come into the picture.

the 8pc dual sided nail art tools from maniology

If you're looking to start using nail art brushes, it's a good idea to opt for Maniology's 8pc Dual-Sided Nail Art Brush and Dotting Tool Set. Each tool has a precision dotting tool on one end, and a soft-bristled nail brush on the other. This is the best way to experiment with the potential of nail art brushes!

#1. Liner brush

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One of the most common types of nail art brushes is the liner brush. Otherwise known as a striper nail brush, they're meant for drawing straight lines and smaller details.

Liner brushes can vary in size and length, depending on the design you're looking to create. However, they're usually quite thin on the end. Striper brushes are the best choice if you're chosen design contains plaid, geometric patterns, stripes, or animal prints.


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The longer the nail brush, the more you'll be able to mitigate any shakiness in your hands. Shorter brushes are better if you're completing fine details.

Maniology's Liner Brush #102 is the premium choice if you're looking to bolster your nail tool arsenal. It's ideal for working with acrylics, gels, and polishes, and even comes with a protective cap to keep the bristles soft and pliable.

#2. Angled nail art brush

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If you're planning on trying your hand at a classy French tip design, you should use an angled brush. Angled brushes are ideal for one-stroke designs, and can even be used to clean up your cuticles from excess polish!

For a high-quality angled brush you can trust, Maniology's Angled Precision Brush #105 is an impeccable choice. Plus, it has a stunning crystal-filled transparent handle to help make your at-home DIY nail art session that much more aesthetic.

Though angled brushes are one of the best options when crafting French tip nails, they're not necessarily the ideal choice overall. Instead, nail stamping kits are the preferred choice for any and all nail art, as they make it much easier to recreate intricate and detailed designs without freehanding a thing!

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Our "Classique: Pardon My French" nail stamping plate makes classy manicures a piece of cake. All it takes is a dash of inspiration and your favorite nail polish shade, and you can enjoy a natural yet sophisticated manicure!

#3. Clean-up brush

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One of the most frustrating parts of at-home manis is how messy they can get. It's likely that at some point you ended up with nail polish sticking to your fingers and coating your cuticles. That's when it would be handy to have a clean-up brush on hand.

A clean-up brush is just that - the soft bristles can be used to tidy up your nail edges and remove any product that might have escaped the bounds of your fingernails. The French Flat Tip Brush #103 from Maniology is a simple choice, but we offer even more than that!

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Our Dual-Ended Pencil Stamper/Clean-Up Brush is one of our most innovative products, as it has both a flat-angled clean-up brush on one end and a soft silicone stamping head on the other. It's perfect for use with our nail stamping kits!

#4. Gel brush

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If you're applying solid gel polish, you should use a gel brush. Gel brushes let you paint precise strokes of colored or clear gel product on your nails. They often come in a rounded, oval shape, but typically aren't ideal for fine detail.

The Painters Brush from Maniology works exceptionally well as a gel nail art brush. It's the best choice if you're planning on working with nail polish, gels, or acrylic paint. It does it all!

Other types of nail art tools

When it comes to nail art, you don't need to let your inspiration be stifled. With the right tools on hand, you can craft magical and mystical nail designs that bring justice to your creative prowess.

The are countless different sizes, types, and shapes of nail brushes that make it easy to experiment with different techniques and tricks. But, if you're looking for a truly seamless and expressive nail art experience, it's a good idea to get the latest nail art tools sent right to your door through a nail stamping subscription box!

A nail stamping kit is the best way to elevate your nail art game

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Maniology's nail stamping kits make it exceptionally easy to let your creative passion flow. In just five simple steps, you'll be able to transfer your chosen nail design onto your fingertips in a fluid and effortless motion.

With thousands of nail stamping plate designs to choose from, there's no reason why your nails can't be what you've always dreamed of. From our "Love Letters" stamping plate, perfect for a heartfelt Valentine's Day, to our vibrantly chic "Kaleidoscope French" stamping plate, the creative possibilities are endless!

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At Maniology, we believe your nails are opportunities for adventure, fun, and unrestrained artistic expression. Our nail stamping plates and nail accessories are here to help foster your self-expression in the hopes of building a community of individuality. For more nail tutorials, subscription box updates, and designs, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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