6 Types of Nail Art Supplies for Cleaning, Brushing

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Fancy manicures with colorful designs has gotten to be a hot topic and very trendy these days. And there are a few basic nail art supplies that even a beginner should have on hand. It used to be you would simply put on a coat of nail polish and head out the door. Even professional manicurists didn’t get too heavily into intricate designs. But today nail art really is an art where your nails are tiny little canvases on which you can create designs to express yourself any way you want. Plus, some simple and classy designed manicures can really add a touch of style and complement the outfit of even the most conservative women. If you’re a beginner and want to start doing your manicure designs at home, you’ll want to start putting together some nail art supplies like simple tools and accessories. You’ll actually need most of these nail art supplies even as a beginner nail artist. Some of the supplies and tools that you might want to have on hand are files, buffers, nail art brushes, orange sticks, storage containers, polish racks, nail tips or full well nails and nail glue if you’re using artificial nails. So let’s see what we need for a good start:

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.

orange sticks

100 Pcs Nail Art Orange Wood Stick Sticks Cuticle Pusher Remover Manicure Pedicure Tool

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:

nail art brush kit

Bundle 20pc Nail Art Design Painting Detailing Brushes & Dotting Kit

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.


SHANY Cosmetics Assorted Nail Buffer Files Blocks Cute Styles, 15 Count

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.

dotting tools shany

Dotting 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting Pen Set for Nail Art


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.

clean up pen for nails

Opi Correct & Clean Up Refillable Corrector Pen 4ml

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.

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7 Comments to 6 Types of Nail Art Supplies for Cleaning, Brushing

  1. Angelica

    I love the idea of a nail correction pen. I always have one super sloppy hand or toes.

    • Asyrofuddin

      the nail designs are so cute please send me an e-mail on a good place to get them done on the north side in san antonio texas .please and thank you very very much!

    • Jacqueline Galtney

      Hi Amy,
      Yes that’s right, it’s so easy to accidentally cut the skin. Way too risky. But you can always use an orange stick (with the tip wrapped in cotton) and gently push the cuticle back a little to have a good looking ridge.

      • Amy

        Great idea. I would be very afraid of infection. I appreciate the quick response.

      • Lama

        Great buys sweetie,love everything especially the cushion and brushes.Btw received the Born pretty mood changing polish new years eve,I applied it today, i love it! Thank you!

  2. Jessie

    Emory boards come in all shapes and sizes. They’re fabulous. I like to use a buffer on my nails. Does that damage it by giving it a little shine?

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