1. Orange Sticks:
Even today, orange sticks are still the most widely used tool for cleaning under and around your fingernails and pushing back your cuticles. They’re also dipped into polish to pick up decorative stones and crystals for adding finishing touches to the design. Cheap, easy and still very effective tool for creating a nice artwork.
2. Nail Art Brushes:
Brushes of various thicknesses and lengths help to create fine lines, swirls and other intricate designs on your nails. Different types of brushes are used for different types of design techniques. If you want to experiment with different shapes and patterns, you should get on of these nail art kits with lots of different brushes:
3. Emery Boards:
Emery boards, usually fat and long today, are used to trim and shape before polishing or starting any polishing. And if you use artificial nails, they’re handy for buffing and slightly roughing up the nail bed so the artificial nails will adhere more strongly.
4. DIY Dotting Tools:
Dotting tools help to create the small dots with nail polish. You can also use dotting tools for making heart shapes and swirl designs. You can fashion almost anything into a dotting tool, including the tip of a pen or pencil, the pointed end of an orange stick, or the rounded end of a stick pin. You can even bend a paperclip and use one of the ends as a dotting tool.
5. Nail Polish Correction Pen:
Correction pens make clean up a breeze, especially on the hand that isn’t your dominant hand. It’s really easy to get polish all over the skin of your fingers when you do a manicure yourself. And a correction pen easily cleans up your mistakes to give you a more flawless manicure. Q-tips or cotton buds or an angled art brush dipped in acetone or nail polish remover can also double as a nail polish corrector as well.
6. Brushes for Cleaning Away Nail Glitter:
You can actually just use a household paint brush because these are just used for sweeping any excess glitter from around your nails. Salon technicians use dry, soft bristle paint brushes to clean up the dust after filing your nails to prep them for the polish. These are just some basic nail art supplies that most beginners are likely to have on hand. And as you get more experienced and want to try more advanced designs, you can find numerous tools in many stores and select what you need according to the types of techniques you’re doing. You can find a lot of accessories at local department stores, online or even make them yourself with things you may already have around the house.