What's Up Wednesday — Nail Tools: What You Need And How To Use Them

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello my Lovlies — happy wonderful Wednesday!!! 

Today's What's Up Wednesday is all about nail tools.  I am going to let you know what tools you'll need and how to use them. 

Excerpts of commentary and pictures came from Nail It Magazine.

+ Angled French Brush
When it comes to creating one-stroke looks like a French manicure or simple color blocking, the angled brush can help create crisp edges and corners of a design. Pick up a small angled brush at your local art supply store.
+ Striper Brush
A striping brush is an absolute must for crisp, sharp, even lines. Look for one with a long head; too-short bristles will cause wavy lines. If you can’t seem to find that perfect striper try making one yourself. 
+ Detail Brushes
Small, intricate designs and outlining require detail brushes; try Presto Art Fine Point Gel Brush #4 and #6, $13.95 each, naillabostore.com. This is the brush that makes your art come to life. Remember the devil in the details.
+ Fan Brush
Paint your nails in a base color and them let dry. Dip the very tips of your fan brush in polish and lightly sweep it over your nails to get a wispy feathered effect.

To create texture and effects —  different sponge types can help create splatter, stone-type effects or fades (ombre). Scour the aisles of a craft or beauty supply stores for sea sponges and makeup wedges, or grab a classic kitchen sponge. They make color-blending and creating ombré-like effects a cinch.
Dotting Tools
Dotting tools take the guesswork out of creating symmetrical circles (think: eyes, polka dots, and flowers).


A good pair of tweezers is a must-have. You can create multidimensional art by adding beads and stones — anything you can stick to the nail requires precision application. 

Cuticle Nippers

Don’t be fooled by the name of this tool; you should never cut live cuticle skin. The skin around your nail is there as a protective barrier – cutting it (live skin) puts you at risk for infection. Use nippers to cut dead skin like hangnails. Check out these nifty nippers from OPI.Stripers and Nail Art Pens

While you can use a traditional striping brush and a bottle of polish, the striper makes it one step easier: the long, thin brush comes with the bottle. We recommend Stripe Rite from It’s So Easy. If you’d like to feel more like you’re drawing that painting, go with a pen. The Sally Hansen  Nail Art Pen come in a variety of colors. Make sure to use them only on polish that’s completely dry.Cuticle Pushers and Removers

Use the wide cushiony side of these (called the pusher) to push cuticles up and off the nail plate before doing nail art. This lets you get polish on the whole nail and prevents the polish from pulling off the nail there. The pointy side (remover) is then used to scrape away the remaining bits of dry cuticle off the nail plate. (Note: on the top [pink] remover, use it by holding the prongs facing up towards you, and scrape the thin metal edge against the nail to remove the bits of dead skin form the nail.)File and Buffer
One the simplest ways to make an at-home mani look professionally done is to make sure all your nails are cut and filed to the same shape before applying polish. Always start with the “rougher,” larger grit end of your file to get the right shape, and then use the “smoother,” fine grain to buff and smooth.  A buffer block like this one from Barielle is especially handy – each side has a different grain (grit). They’re all numbered, so you know exactly which grit you’re using. Extra Tip: When filing nails, only move file in one direction, not back and forth like a saw. This prevents the edge of the nail from tearing.  More tips on filing here.Orangewood Stick
This is the ultimate nail tool – made for just about any purpose. Use the angled side as a cuticle pusher. Make 3-D nail art easier by dipping the pointed tip of the stick in top coat and then using it to pick up a rhinestone or stud. Or, use either end to touch up lines gone awry, or to pull polish off sidewalls (the skin on either side of your nail).

Okay my Lovlies, this post is getting quite long so I am going to end here.  I'll pick up with more nail tools (and nail art tools/supplies) in another post. 
Your Turn:  Comment below and let me know your favorite nail tools. 

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