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Creating Nail Art with Our 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes

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How do I get started creating Nail Art?

Standard manicures are fun and all, but sometimes you just want to let your inner creative flourish with some Gel Nail Art!

Achieving the perfect nail art gel manicure at home can be a challenge, but the right tools can make all the difference. Get started with our set of 11 Nail Art Brushes which includes a Detail Brush, Oblique Brush, Flat Brush, Dotting Tool and Ombre Brush. These handy brushes will help you create endless different looks using our Gel Nail Polish colours.

Butterfly nail art with the Gelous Detail Brush

Detail Brush Butterfly Nail Art

Replicate this mesmerising butterfly manicure with our Detail Brush. The Detail Brush has small to medium length bristles that come to a very fine point. The fine tip of the brush lends itself well to painting minute details and intricate designs.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatClear Builder GelColonel Mustard,Black OutSilver LiningTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Detail Brush, Short Striping Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Clear Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the sticky inhibition layer to make applying your nail art easier by wiping your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover.
  5. Create your yellow tips using Colonel Mustard & your Short Striping Brush, to slowly paint a curve just below the white part of your nail. Fill this in. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  6. Using Black Out & your Detail Brush, paint your butterfly body. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  7. Using Silver Lining & your clean Detail Brush, paint & fill in your butterfly wings. Paint your two large wings followed by two small wings. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Using Black Out & your Detail Brush, outline your butterfly wings. Thicken the line-work of the outer edges & add some thin lines through the large wings. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  9. Dot two circles above the butterfly for antennas.
  10. Paint a line from the head of the butterfly to the circles, then cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  11. Repeat Steps 6-10 for each additional butterfly.
  12. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  13. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Floral nail art with the Gelous Oblique Brush

Oblique Brush Flower Nail Art

This spring-inspired manicure was painted using our Oblique Brush. You'll find two of these within the Nail Art Brush pack - both are different sizes so you can choose your perfect size for each application. The Oblique Brush has a slanted tip which is perfect for double loading with two colours to create blended flower petals and freehand curves. Oblique Brushes are very effective at cleaning up Gel Nail Polish from your skin.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base Coat, White Builder Gel, Making Me Blush, Very Berry, Just White, Candy Shop, Honey Mustard, Black Out, Matte Top Coat, Top Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Oblique Brush, Detail Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the sticky inhibition layer to make applying your nail art easier by wiping your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover.
  5. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Making Me Blush & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  6. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat to the nails that WILL NOT have flower nail art on & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  7. Apply a thin coat of Matte TopCoat to the nails that WILL have flower nail art on & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Blend Very Berry, Just White & Candy Shop on a palette.
  9. Dab your Oblique Brush over your blend so Very Berry is on the long end of the bristles, then Candy Shop, then Just White.
  10. Using your Oblique Brush, dab four petal shapes onto your nail, adding more Gel Nail Polish where needed. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  11. Using Just White & your Detail Brush, lightly outline your flower. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  12. Using Black Out & your Detail Brush, dab dots in the center of your flower. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  13. Using Honey Mustard & your Detail Brush, dab dots in the center of your flower. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  14. Repeat Steps 9-13 for each additional flower, blending your colours again as required.
  15. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat to your flower nails & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  16. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Cloud nail art with Gelous Flat Brush

Flat Brush Clouds Nail Art

This angelic cloud design was created primarily using our Flat Brush, with outlines painted using our Detail Brush. As you would expect, the Flat Brush has an even, square shape. This shape makes it fantastic for filling backgrounds, blending and shading. Just like your Oblique Brush, your Flat Brush can be used to easily clean up Gel Nail Polish from your skin before curing.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatJust WhiteGalaxy Fairy FlossMatte Top CoatTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Short Striping Brush, Flat Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Just White & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Apply a thin coat of Galaxy Fairy Floss & cap the free edge. Place the magnet above your nails and experiment for different results. If you aren't happy with the result, simply wipe off with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover, reapply and re-do. Once you are happy with the result, cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  5. Repeat Step 4.
  6. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat to the nails that WILL NOT have cloud nail art on & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  7. Apply a thin coat of Matte Top Coat to the nails that WILL have cloud nail art on & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Using Just White & your Short Striping Brush, paint two arches to create the top of your clouds.
  9. Using your Flat Brush, lightly brush these arches downwards to slowly fade them out.
  10. Using Just White & your Short Striping Brush, gently outline your clouds, using thicker lines at the top.
  11. Using your clean Flat Brush moistened with Nail Polish Remover, tidy up the gaps & edges. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  12. Using your Short Striping Brush, apply a generous dot of Just White between your clouds.
  13. Using your Short Striping Brush, drag the Gel Nail Polish upwards, downwards, left and right, making sure the horizontal line is shorter. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 30 seconds.
  14. Repeat Steps 8-13 for each additionalbutterfly.
  15. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  16. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Dotted flower nail art with Gelous Dotting Tool

Dotting Tool Flower Nail Art

Dotted florals are an easy look to achieve using our Dotting Tool. Its spherical metal end helps you to create perfect small circles - simply choose your favourite Gelous Gel Nail Polish colour for the base, then paint small dots to create your flowers. The Dotting Tool is the perfect tool to use for your first attempt at nail art - it’s almost foolproof!

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Nude Rubber Base CoatWhite Builder GelNeptuneJust WhiteMellow YellowTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Dotting Tool.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Nude Rubber Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Apply 2-3 thin coats of Neptune& cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  5. Using Just White & your Dotting Tool, paint five dots in a circle, making sure they don't touch each other. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 30 seconds.
  6. Still using your Just White & your Dotting Tool, paint a small dot in the center of your flowers. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  7. Using Mellow Yellow & your clean Dotting Tool, dot over Just White in the center of your flowers. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 10 seconds.
  8. Repeat Steps 5-7 for each additional flower.
  9. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  10. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Sunset nail art with Gelous Ombré Brush

Ombre Brush Gradient Nail Art

This sunset inspired gradient nail art was achieved using our Ombré Brush! The Ombré Brush is thick at the base with wispy bristles at the top which make it incredibly simple to achieve that gradient effect that is always a stunning look. You can use two colours, or get fancy and try multiple! The possibilities are endless and the results always look amazing. When using your Ombre Brush, you'll most likely get some Gel Nail Polish on your skin. This isn't a problem - just make sure to remove it prior to curing with your Oblique Brush.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatWhite Builder GelCoral's ReefSweet NectarTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Ombre Brush, Oblique Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the sticky inhibition layer to make applying your nail art easier by wiping your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover.
  5. Apply Coral's Reef to the bottom half of your nail.
  6. Apply Sweet Nectar to the top half of your nail & cap the free edge.
  7. Using your Ombré Brush, very lightly brush horizontally over the join of the two colours until they are blended.
  8. Using your Oblique Brush, clean any excess Gel Nail Polish from your skin, then cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  9. Repeat Steps 4-7 for each ombré nail.
  10. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  11. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Tie-dye nail art with Gelous Short Striping Brush

Short Striping Brush Tie-Dye Nail Art

A tie-dye inspired manicure is easy to achieve using our Short Striping Brush. This brush has medium length bristles that taper into a fine point. It's perfect for painting long strokes and pulling colours into each other together - both of which we've done this gel manicure!

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatPink Builder GelMint to BeGreen With EnvyRain DanceCandy ShopMellow YellowGood as GoldLady in RedTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Short Striping Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Pink Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the sticky inhibition layer to make applying your nail art easier by wiping your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover.
  5. Using Mint to Be & your Short Striping Brush, paint a curved line across your nail about halfway up it, making sure one side is lower than the other.
  6. Repeat this, moving towards the tip of your nail with a curved line of Green with Envy, Rain Dance, Candy Shop, Mellow Yellow, Good as Gold, then Lady in Red.
  7. Using your clean Short Striping Brush, drag lines through your coloured curved lines, cleaning your brush after each line. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Repeat Steps 4-7 for each tie dye nail.
  9. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  10. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Geometric nail art with Gelous Long Striping Brush

Long Striping Brush Geometric Nail Art

Recreate this minimalist gel manicure using our Long Striping Brush to paint its sweeping, straight lines. TheLong Striping Brushhas very long and thin bristles that taper to a fine point. This makes it easy to achieve straight and tidy lines in one stroke (even if you don't have the most steady hand). Start with straight line designs like this one and work your way up to more complex designs, such as checkers.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatWhite Builder GelVanilla LatteBlack OutTop Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Long Striping Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove the sticky inhibition layer to make applying your nail art easier by wiping your nails with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover.
  5. Using Vanilla Latte & your Long Striping Brush, paint a diagonal line across each of your nails about halfway up them. Fill in the gap between the lines and the tip of your nails.
  6. Using Black Out & your clean Long Striping Brush, slowly paint straight lines in a different direction for each nail.
  7. Apply a thin coat of Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

Animal print nail art with Gelous Fan Brush

Fan Brush Animal Print Nail Art

Use our Fan Brush to create this wild, animal print nail art manicure. The Fan Brush has thin, spread apart bristles in a semi-circle shape. Use it lightly, dragging it over your nails to create a multi-dimensional, layered effect. It is also great for spreading glitter Gel Nail Polishes. The Fan Brush helps you create eye-catching designs that look complex, but are really quite simple! Just don't forget to use your Oblique Brush to clean up any Gel Nail Polish on your skin before curing.

How can you recreate this nail art design?

To recreate this design, watch our YouTube here, or read the instructions below.

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Nude Rubber Base CoatWhite Builder GelJust WhiteVery Berry, Arabesque, Razzle DazzleClear Rubber Top Coat.

Nail Art Brushes used: Long Striping Brush.

  1. Complete your nail prep.
  2. Apply a thin coat of Nude Rubber Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of WhiteBuilder Gel & cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Using Just White& your Fan Brush, gently swipe the bristles from one side of your nail to the other. Use your Oblique Brush to clean up any Gel Nail Polish on your skin.
  5. Using Very Berry& your Fan Brush, gently swipe the bristles from the opposite side of your nail.Use your Oblique Brush to clean up any Gel Nail Polish on yourskin.
  6. Using Arabesque& your Fan Brush, gently swipe the bristles from the original side of your nail.Use your Oblique Brush to clean up any Gel Nail Polish on yourskin.
  7. Using Razzle Dazzle& your Fan Brush, gently swipe the bristles from the opposite side of your nail.Use your Oblique Brush to clean up any Gel Nail Polish on yourskin.
  8. Swipe from the other side to apply additional Razzle Dazzle.
  9. Apply a thin coat of Clear Rubber Top Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  10. Apply Cuticle Oil around your nails & rub into your skin to nourish & moisturise.

These tutorials are sure to have given you insight on what you can achieve using our 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes. Once you’ve nailed your technique you’ll be flaunting those nail art manicures in no time. Start here, and the possibilities are truly endless.

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