If you’re into nail art, you’ll need to have a few essential nail art tools. But that doesn’t mean you have to invest in these nail art tools, especially if you’re just a newbie trying out a few nail hacks. You can simply make them at home!
How? That’s what we’re going to explain right here. First though, you’ll need to take stock of the tools that you’ll require:
- Small dotting tool
- Large dotting tool
- Striping brush
- Detailing brush
Now the names of these tools are pretty self explanatory – so we aren’t really going into that. What we’ll tell you about are the simple, everyday tools just lying around your home that can be used in place of these. So let’s start with the…
Small Dotting Tool
When you have little dots in your design, these are the tools that will make your nail art a success. But what can you use instead of a professional dotting brush?
- Try a toothpick – if you want to make really small dots, then these are perfect. And you can use and throw them away!
- A dried out ball pointer pen will also work – you can always clean up the nib for a second use.
- A sharpened pencil works equally well – especially when you’re wanting to make precise but small dots.
- And finally, bobby pins – just dip the tip into your paint/polish and get your dots in place. You can increase or decrease the size of your dots depending on how lightly you are using the pin.
Now that you’ve got the small dotting tool covered, you can move on to the…
Big Dotting Tool
These are used when you have to create bigger dots in larger patterns, you can even use the small dotting tool, but that takes a lot more effort and precision. So it’s best to actually have a separate dotting tool for the larger dots. As for what you can use…
- You can use a pin – the side that has the ball attached to it – if you have difficulty holding the pin just as is, stick it into the rubber end of a pencil.
- Blunt pencils work as well – they are also easier to work with.
Next, you can move on to the…
This is what will help you take your nail art to a new level, so make sure to have one of these handy whenever you are doing nail art. Here’re the household items you can use to make your DIY striping brush:
- Just snip away at a large paint brush till you get the right size and width of the brush.
- You can do the same with an old nail polish brush – although, when you use it you might have to dip it into the paint or polish more than once to get the right effect.
This tool is particularly necessary to get the little details in place. Here are the alternatives to a commercial brush…
- An old eyeliner brush – this is fairly simple to use, and offers great flexibility.
- Or, you could try snipping away the bristles of a small paint brush – to get the same effect.
Now, you’re officially ready to try out your skills at nail art with full gusto – without having to spend a dime on nail art tools!