Health & Beauty | 15 March 201610 Tools of the Nail Art Trade Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you always wanted to give yourself or your friends a manicure at home? Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet: Paint your way through a colorful variety of crazy-cute nail art designs – step by step not only provides you with nail art inspiration and step-by-step painting guides, but it also tells you the tools of the trade needed to get started. Here are 10 tools you’ll need in your nail arsenal to full embark on the nail art fad. Tools of the Trade The tools and materials on the following pages will help you get started creating the stylish nail art in this book. You can find most of these materials online or at your local beauty supply store or pharmacy. Striping Brush – A nail art striping brush has long, thin bristles, ideal for creating smooth, skinny lines. All photos from Walter Foster Fan Brush – The bristles on a fan brush are spread out in the shape of a fan. They are often used for a brushy, loose effect and can be used for a quick gradient design. Cleanup Brush – Cleanup brushes are great for making sure the edges of your manicure are smooth and clean. Dip the brush in acetone, and swipe it around your cuticle or along the nail walls for a flawless finish. Tape – Tape is often used as a stencil in nail art. There are different benefits to each type of tape. Experiment with washi, Scotch® tape, and painter’s tape to find your favorite. Toothpicks – Toothpicks are a great nail art tool for detail work and can stand in as both a detail brush or a dotting tool if needed. Makeup Sponge – This wedge-shaped cosmetic sponge is a nail artist favorite for creating smooth, blended bases and flawless gradients. Nail file – Files are used to shape your nails. The higher the number, the finer the grit. For natural nails, choose a 180 grit or higher. Cuticle Nippers – Cuticle nippers are a tool used to trim dead tissue away from the nail area. Use with caution: most nails don’t require nippers at all. Clippers – Clippers are used to shorten the nail. For best results, clip the nail first, and then use a file to seal and smooth the edge. Cuticle Pusher – A cuticle pusher is a metal implement that can be used to push back the cuticle and remove dead tissue from the nail plate. Combine it with a cuticle-softening product for best results. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: With more than 25 easy-to-follow, step-by-step nail art tutorials, Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet will inspire aspiring nail artists to arrive in style–from their fingers to their toes! Featuring colorful, step-by-step nail art designs for both fingers and toes, Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet is the quintessential DIY resource for fashion-forward style mavens of all ages. From patterns, textures, and stamps to stickers, tape, and studs, young fashionistas will spend hours recreating stylish designs by their favorite online nail artists. Aspiring nail artists will learn about the many tools and materials used to create nail art, as well as how to use basic techniques to create desired patterns and styles. The remaining sections feature easy-to-follow, step-by-step nail art tutorials that are youthful, trendy, and approachable for beginning nail artists to achieve. Bonus design templates are included for new ideas and extra practice. No matter the occasion, Pretty Hands & Sweet Feet inspires nail artists to arrive in style–from their fingers to their toes! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.