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Nail Design

The Right Brush

by Staff Writer | September 1, 2010
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You’ve heard of the right stuff, well what about the right brush? When it comes to nail art, it isn’t a one-brush-will-do kind of situation. With the proper brush, a tech can create everything from thin detailed lines, to color-blended  shadows, and even elaborate flowers. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right brush for your special designs. 

 

Nails by Tanya Rose

Nails by Tanya Rose

Liner Brush

How It’s Used: Excellent for short strokes, a liner brush can be used to draw smile lines and details. It’s accurate for outlining images and adding contours.

 

Nails by Janine Taylor Kuni

Nails by Janine Taylor Kuni

Shader Brush

How It’s Used: The shader brush is great for backgrounds and for drawing larger images. This brush is versatile in that it can be loaded with two different colors on its sides.

 

Nails by Elyse Perry

Nails by Elyse Perry

Fan Brush

How It’s Used: For an airbrushed effect, the fan brush can streak color on the nail. Various colors can be blended with this brush and colors can be layered in gradual tones.

 

Nails by Janine Taylor Kuni

Nails by Janine Taylor Kuni

Marbler (Dotter)

How It’s Used: Zigzag or swirl, the marbler brush can mix and blend colors together in an interesting design. Whether the colors are swirled on the nail plate or in a water solution, the marbler blends colors in a free, uneven pattern. The marbler can also be used to make dot flowers.

 

Nails by Stacy Senecal

Nails by Stacy Senecal

Crooked Detailer Brush

How It’s Used: Providing an angular tip, this brush easily paints fine details and outlines. It can also be used in a more upright position and can be used to add highlights.

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Nails by Tanya Arcuri-Gout

Nails by Tanya Arcuri-Gout


Detailer Brush

How It’s Used: The detailer brush can be used for intricate work and is especially suited to drawing delicate flowers. Flower petals can easily be painted by placing the brush flat and lifting it straight up.

 

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Striper Brush

How It’s Used: Efficient for elongated lines, the striper brush creates long vertical or horizontal lines. Whether a thin or thick line is desired, the width is determined by the amount of paint on the bristles.

 

Nails by Elyse Perry

Nails by Elyse Perry

Stripette Brush

How It’s Used: A shorter version of the striper brush, the stripette creates the same vertical and horizontal lines but in shorter strokes. The stripette is great for drawing wisps and netting.

 

 

Nails by Vicki Chilla

Nails by Vicki Chilla

Grass Comb Brush

How It’s Used: For detailed dry brush techniques, this brush has separated bristles for easy application. It creates an airbrushed effect with a swipe of the brush.

 

Nails by Debbie Brew

Nails by Debbie Brew

Angular Brush

How It’s Used: Its angled head creates intricate detailed designs. Bristles are cut at a 45° angle for control when drawing at a slant.  

 

Visit these companies' websites for more information on how you can add these nail art tools to your drawer.

AII CinaPro Kami Nailite
Antoine de Paris It's So Easy Light Elegance Supply Source

 

 

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