The Essentials Nail Art Tools for Nail Art DIY Beginners

Dotters polish

Nail dotters help create a point and a circle pattern. I use it all the time to create a simple polka dot design. They come in different sizes. At the outset, it will be good to get your hands on one that has a medium-sized round pen at one end and a small one on the other so you can choose the size of the points that you want to create.

HOW TO USE: Find a plastic sheet and leave a few blobs of nail polish on it. I like to use a card with a name that is hard and I feel a bit plasticky for this cos they are small and disposable. Dip a round pen Dotter in your nails. Try doing a few dots on the sheet / name card until you get the right size and consistency that you want. Do the same on the surface of the fingernail. Be careful not to use too much pressure, which can cause the dots to look deformed. Do not forget to clean them after use and dry. These tools are made of metal and susceptible to rust.

Make Your Own: It is also easy to make your own nail Dotter using things that you lying around your home. Bobby pins are cheap and affordable alternative. Just bend them straight, and use the tips at the end of round like normal dotters. Because all you need is a round end, you can use everything reminds Dotter, as the back of an eyeliner pencil caps, for example.

Stripers polish

It is for me absolutely necessary. They are nail polishes that come with a long, thin brush instead of the usual flat and wide ones. I use them for painting lines and adding random shifts of color. They are so easy to use and very versatile. I recommend getting two colors, white and black, when you first start. Brands such as La Colors have a wide range of colors and come pretty cheap, so have fun with it!

If you do not want to buy a new wild every time you want to try a different color, in return can get Striper nail brush. However, not all brushes are good for nail polish. I tried nail polish on a little and they were completely destroyed hair on the brush. Use water-based nail polish colors if you need to. This makes it much easier to clean brushes. If you have used nail polish, use acetone, some soap water and a paper towel to clean the brush.

Stationery tape

Ever wondered how to DIY nail artists create super neat and straight lines and stripes? Using tape, you can create different geometric and striped designs.

Stationery tape is one of the best tools ever for nail art. Any kind of normal tape is fine, but you can experiment and see which give the best results. They are great for creating neat lines and geometric shapes. Just cut the tape to the desired strip / form, paste it on your nails and paint. Simple as that!


Always make sure that your basic nail polish is a good dry though. Use quick-drying top coat as Seche Vite if you do not want to wait. Cut the tape before you start painting your nails, so avoid smudging when you try to cut it with wet nails. Paste the strip somewhere where it will be easy to remove, so you do not get them stuck when you want to paste on nails. Use tweezers to remove the tape to prevent accidentally mess up your nails. If you mess up, do not have to start again from scratch. Use a nail art brush and touch where it is needed. This usually does the trick.

brushes, nail art

If you are really serious about doing your nails, you might want to consider investing in a good set of nail art brushes. The main types of brushes for nail art are fan-shaped brush, flat brush, flat angled brush, thin brushes (for details) and long stripers. These brushes can be purchased conveniently (and quite expensive) in the set. Bundle Monster New Pro 20pc Nail Art Design Brush from Amazon is a pretty good bargain and comes with Dotter.

Make Your Own: You do not have to use nail art brushes for nail art, you can even use your normal brush. Just cut it in the shape you want and use it as a nail art brush! It is convenient and not to mention cheaper to start with a brush.

Nail Polish

The basics are: primer (to prevent nail discoloration and allow nail polish to glide smoothly), nail polish, and the top layer (to ensure your manicure lasts more than one day). I like to use fast drying top coat cos saving a large amount of time and so it is convenient to use, but it is also good to have a normal top coat or clear nail in handy for certain complex nail designs.

After trying loads of different brands, I found that it is so important to invest in good quality nail polish. These are more expensive but they are worth it cos lasts longer, dry faster and not be drunk. I’ve had such bad experiences with cheap nail polish that now I just stick to the brands that I used before (and similar) as well as renowned brands. Orly, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen and Essie are some of the best. It’s also a good idea to test the polish of the company that you do not try before buying.

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