Friday, 27 January 2012

My Nail Art Brushes

This is a post I've had a few requests for and been meaning to put together for a while. Today, I'll show you the brushes I use in my nail art.



Top to bottom:
1 + 2 Born Pretty Nail Art Brushes [here]
3 from the 15 Nail Art Brush sets you can buy on eBay [here] or Born Pretty Store [here]
4, 5 + 6 Liner brushes available on eBay [here] or Born Pretty Store [here]



I use the liners (bottom four) for outlines and small details. Even though it looks like the brushes with shorter brushes would be better for this, I've found the liners are better because they come to such a small tip at the end. They do take a bit more hand control though!

I use the brushes with shorter bristles for filling in and bigger details.

To give some perspective, here are the brushes next to a hair slide...




These are the brushes I use for 'clean up' with acetone (removing the excess polish around my cuticles after painting my nails).
They are from Asda (Wal-Mart) in a paintbrush set from the childrens' craft section and they've served me well for years.



I hope this answered any questions you might have had about my nail art arsenal. If you have any other questions specifically about the brushes I use, just ask in the comments and I'll try my damnedest to reply!

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21 comments:

  1. Very helpful! I've been looking for nail art brush recommendations. Thanks!

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  2. Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Nice, thanks for this, it's great to be able to actually see the brushes side by side!

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  4. Thanks for the great info! I need to get some better brushes.

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  5. Thanks, i was wondering how well those bottom 3 would do cuz ive seen them on ebay and I was worried to buy them but this post really helped me a lot thank you so much!!

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  6. How do you clean your brushes? I always fail at it. They always end up hard and icky!

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    1. I dip them in acetone, then rub them lightly on a cotton pad and repeat until all the polish is off :D x

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    2. Get as much off as possible with a cotton pad and a soak. I then place mine in a nail art brush holder / cleaning jar like this one http://www.thenailartcompany.co.uk/nail-art-brush-holder-cleaning-jar/ filled with a little acetone unless of course I'm using acrylic nail art paints and then I use water. Whatever you do don't soak your nail art brushes overnight! Most brushes have wood handles and they will soak up the cleaning fluid expand and wreck the nail art brush. You have been warned!

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  7. Thanks for sharing! Never knew Wal-Mart brushes could survive acetone.

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  8. lol, i LOVE that your using children's paint brushes for clean up !! xxxx

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  9. Great post, thanks! I've bookmarked it for future reference when I (finally) get around to buying brushes for my nail art!

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  10. Oh, it's interesting to know that paintbrushes could also serve as a good nail art brush. Hmm, I'm thinking of borrowing my niece's extra brushes the next time I do nail art. :D

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  11. Thanks for sharing!! Btw, what is the best way to clean your brush? Will dipping it in nail polish remover (not 100% acetone ) work? Will the acetone do any harm to the brush? I usually dip my brush in nail polish remover , but it often still get a lot of nail polish in it's bristles.

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  12. OMG! I didn't know Asda is owned by Walmart better find my nearest one thank you S.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your trade secrets!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your trade secrets!

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  15. when i try to use my little brushes the nail polish comes out very translucent, am i just not putting enough polish on the brush or is there some trick to having it come out not see through when you brush on a design, i dont want the design to be all thick and chunky lol

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  16. You buy lots of the things in Prettybornstore! I am waiting for my dotting tool too. I will buy the brush from them next time! thanks for your information!

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  17. Please do you know whats the brushes material? I will appreciate that :)

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  18. Thanks for visiting my diary and commenting during a constructive manner, following on already! nice diary your have-I notably enjoyed your post on top of as I simply attended a Smash box event wherever the conjure artists all used brushes to use foundation giving a pretty mat and even finish!
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