Differences in Nail Art Brushes

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Differences in Nail Art Brushes
To get a nail decoration like this, you will need to know which brushes to use. (nail art fur image by Daria Miroshnikova from Fotolia.com)

Having fancy designs on your nails is a form of expression, just like having a unique haircut or a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes. But instead of shelling out a ton of money at the beauty salon, you can design your nails from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a couple of bottles of your favourite nail polish and a variety of nail art tools. Before you settle on a nail art design, you should know the differences between the different nail art brushes.

Flat/ Flat-Angled Brushes

Flat and flat-angle nail art brushes come with squared-off or angled sides, making them your tools of choice if you want to create intricate details and designs. These brushes are good for creating large flower designs on your nails, or shading the inside of larger designs. You can also dip each edge of the flat brush in different colours of nail polish to create a multicoloured flower design. Both flat and flat-angled brushes are also called "shading" or "angular" brushes.

Striper Brushes

Striper nail art brushes have long, thin bristles that can be bought at different lengths. Shorter striper brushes are good detail brushes, and are ideal for creating small flower designs and spots. Longer, thinner striper brushes are ideal for making long, straight strokes and zigzag designs on your nails. These brushes can also come with a crooked neck, making this brush easy to use when held in an upright position.

Fan Brushes

Fan brushes are the perfect nail art brushes for striping and layering multiple colours onto your nail. You can use a fan brush for layering colours onto your nails in gradual tones, or creating a rainbow design. As opposed to the striping brushes that create straight lines and definite designs, fan nail art brushes can give your nail colour more of an airbrush effect.

Dotting Brush

The dotting brush has the smallest tip out of all the nail art brushes, making it ideal for creating small dots and designs. Also called the "marbler," this brush can help you swirl multiple colours onto your nails, creating a spiral or a marble effect. The dotting brush is a good choice if you want to decorate your nails with abstract designs.

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