Nail Art Basic Tools for DIY Beginners

So you want to try your hand at DIY nail art but where do you start? The first thing you need to do is get some basic nail art tools. This is a list of 5 of my important DIY nail art tools.

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1) Nail polish

What’s important is: the base layer (to prevent nail color changes and allow your nail polish to glide smoothly), nail polish, and the top layer (to make sure your manicure lasts more than a day). I like to use a quick dry top coat that saves a lot of time and is very comfortable to use, but it is also good to have a normal top coat or polish that is clearly in hand for certain more complex nail designs.

After trying many different brands, I found that it is very important to invest in good quality nail polish. These are more expensive but they are feasible because they last longer, dry faster and are not thicker. I have a bad experience with cheap nail polish so now I’m just sticking to the brands I’ve used (and like) and leading brands. Orly, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen, and Essie are some good ones. You should also test polishes from brands that you have never tried before buying it.

2) Nail dotters

Nail dotters help make point and circle patterns. I use this all the time to make polka dot simple nail designs. They come in various sizes. Starting, it would be good to get your hand at the end that has a medium-sized rounded tip on one end and a small end on the other so you can choose the size of the point you want to make.

HOW TO USE: Find a plastic sheet and pour a few lumps of nail polish onto it. I like to use business cards that are hard and feel rather plastick because it’s small and disposable. Dip the tip of your dotter into nail polish. Try doing a few points on the sheet / business card until you get the exact size and consistency you want. Do the same to the surface of your nails. Be careful not to use too much pressure, which can cause the spots to appear defective. Remember to clean it after use and dry it thoroughly. These tools are made of metal and are susceptible to rust.

MAKE YOURSELF: It’s easy to make your own nail dotter using items in your home. Pin Bobby is a cheap and comfortable alternative. Bend them straight, and use the round end on the end as usual. Because all you need is a round tip, you can use anything that resembles a dotter, like the back of an eyeliner pencil cover, for example.

3) Nail stripers

For me, this is very important. They are nail polish that comes with a long and thin brush, not flat and wide. I use it to paint lines and add color films randomly. They are very easy to use and very flexible. I recommend getting two colors, white and black, when you first start. Brands like LA Colors have a variety of colors and the prices are quite cheap, so have fun with it!

If you don’t want to have to buy new paint every time you want to try another color, you can get a nail striper brush. However, not all brushes are good for nail polish. I’ve tried nail polish on a few and they really damage the hair on the brush. Use water-based nail polish if you have to. This makes it easier to clean the brush. If you use nail polish, use acetone, soapy water, and paper towels to clean your brush.

4) Stationery tape

Ever wondered how DIY nail artists make very neat and straight lines and lines? Using ribbons, you can make various geometric and striped designs.

Stationery tape is one of the best tools ever for nail art. All types of normal masking tape are fine, but you can experiment and see which ones give the best results. They are good for making neat lines and geometric shapes. Simply cut the ribbon into the desired strip / shape, attach it to your nails and paint. Easy as that!


Always make sure that your basic nail polish is completely dry. Use a quick dry top coat like Seche Vite if you don’t want to wait.
Cut the tape before you start painting your nails so you avoid stains when you try to cut them with wet nails.
Tape the tape in a place that is easily removed so that you don’t get caught when you want to stick it on your nails.
Use tweezers to remove the tape to prevent your nails from accidentally breaking.
If you fall apart, you don’t have to start over again. Use a nail art brush and touch if needed. This usually works.
5) Nail art brush

If you are really serious about doing nail art, 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 brushes, flat brushes, flat slanted brushes, thin brushes (for details) and long stripers. This brush can be bought comfortably (and is more affordable) in one set. Monster Bundle New 20pc Pro The Amazon Nail Art Design Brush is a pretty good offer and is equipped with a dotter.

MAKE YOURSELF: You don’t need to use nail art brushes for nail art, you can even use ordinary brushes. Simply trim it to the shape you want and use it like a nail art brush! It’s easier and not to mention cheaper to start with a brush.

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