Sunday, February 22, 2015

My essential nail art brushes

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Happy Sunday,
I hope you all are having a great weekend! I apologize for the lack of posts this month, but somehow life got in the way. Work life to be exact. I do not want to ramble or complain too much, but after March 1st things should be back to normal again. Then I will also have more time to paint my nails again. Can you believe they have been naked for the past three weeks or so?! At least I finally had the perfect excuse to do the Bliss Kiss 3 day hydration treatment. A post on my experience is already in the making. But today, I want to share with you my essential brushes for cleanup and nail art. Enjoy!


For every nail design, you need a solid base. Even if you do not venture into nail art, you do want to clean up your manicure for that perfect clean edge around the cuticles. For this step I like to use an angled eyeliner brush. This does not have to be an expensive one, as you will have to replace it from time to time anyway, because the acetone will eat the bristles. The one I like best is the angled brush from Essence, but Make Up Academy make an affordable one, too.


For nail designs like my crime scene nails or my pumpkin nail design I like to use detailing brushes like these above. They usually come in affordable sets. I got these here from BornPrettyStore and bought three more from Sammy's Nailasaurus Emporium, but they are very similar in look and quality.


For more intricate designs like this spooky forest manicure I like to use even smaller brushes. Their short bristles give a lot of control. The silver ones came in a cheap set from eBay, the other one is a regular paint brush from a craft store and works just as well.


A fan brush is good for wiping away loose glitter or creating a fan brush manicure (which is still on my to do list). A long skinny striper is great for painting even long lines across the whole nail, as I have done in this stripes and dots manicure.


The newest additions to my nail art brush arsenal are these two flat brushes. The angled one is from NfuOh (originally intended for use with gel) and the straight one again is from Nailasaurus Emporium. While these also make for great clean up brushes, I want to use them for the one stroke technique. Needless to say I have not mastered it, yet and neet to practice some more ;)

As a resource for affordable nail art brushes of all kind I recommend Born Pretty Store. With the code KYL91 you get 10% off your order and they currently offer a site-wide sale due to the Chinese New Year celebrations. If you cannot find the perfect brush, you can also try to make one yourself. Some nail artists prefer to cut their own nail art brushes to get exactly what they need, as Robin Moses demonstrates in this video.

What are your essential nail art brushes or tools in general? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Ja... Also ich habe nicht einen Nail Art-Pinsel. Ich benutze eigentlich nur Tape, Dotting Tools und Schwämme. Aber ich nehme mir immer vor, mal ein paar Pinsel zu besorgen und mache es dann doch nicht. Wahrscheinlich bin ich eh zu untalentiert, um da mit dann was Vernünftiges zu zaubern. Aber jetzt nach deinem Post, sollte ich vielleicht doch mal shoppen gehen. ;)

  2. Aaach, Pinsel kann man immer gebrauchen. Ich habe auch zig und kann nicht wirklich damit umgehen :P Habe mir aber fest vorgenommen, mehr zu üben. Mal sehen, was dabei heraus kommt.


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