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There are many different types of brushes used in the nail business. Some of the most common types are listed here. You can read more about these terms and reference other topics by visiting our Encyclopedia.

Stripette Brush

A shorter version of the striper brush, creates vertical and horizontal lines but in shorter strokes.


Striper Brush

A brush with a few long hairs; efficient for creating elongated vertical or horizontal lines.

 <p>This striper brush nail art was done by Steven McHenry.</p>

Shader Brush

A versatile brush with a slightly tapered rectangular head, good for backgrounds and drawing larger images.

<p>A shader brush was used to blend the colors for the petals in this example by Tina Panariello.&nbsp;</p>

Marbler Brush

A brush used to mix and blend colors together in free, uneven patterns in nail art.


Fan Brush

A brush with fanned hairs, used to create an airbrushed effect in nail art.

 <p>Danalynn Stockwood used a fan brush to blend the background colors on these nails.</p>

Detailer Brush

A pointed brush used for intricate nail art, especially suited for painting flowers.


Liner Brush

A nail art brush with a finely tapered cylindrical head, excellent for short strokes and to draw small lines and details.

 <p>A liner brush was used to create the petals in this flower nail art by Donna Dewberry. </p>

Angular Brush

A nail art brush with an angled head used to create intricate designs; bristles are cut at a 45° angle for control when drawing a slant.

View our Encyclopedia here.

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