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Creating Nail Art with Our 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes

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Okay, so you’ve mastered the block colour manicure and you’re wanting to try something funky with your nails. Gelous Gel Nail Polish and our 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes are all you need to get started!

Achieving a nail art manicure at home can be tricky, but with the right tools and a bit of practice you will be on your way! Start your nail art journey with our set of 11 Nail Art Brushes, which includes a Detail Brush, Oblique Brush, Flat Brush, Dotting Tool and Ombre Brush. With this pack you'll be well on your way to creating endless varieties of nail art.

Tie-Dye nail art with the Gelous Short Striping Brush

Short Striping Nail Art Brush

This tie-dye inspired manicure was created using our Short Striping Brush. The Short Striping Brush has medium length bristles that taper into a very fine point. To create this look, we dragged through the lines of various Gel Nail Polish shades to create a blended, tie-dye effect. Embrace your inner hippy! 

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base Coat, Pink Builder GelMint to BeGreen With Envy, Rain Dance, Candy Shop, Mellow Yellow, Good as Gold, Lady in Red, Top 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 the Gelous Long Striping Brush

Long Striping Nail Art Brush

This geometric design was created using our Long Striping Brush. The Long Striping Brush has long bristles that taper into a fine point at the end. This helps you paint straight lines or geometric designs without worrying about wonkiness. You can use the Long Striping Brush to paint straight lines as pictured, or other geometric designs such as checkers or stripes.

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base Coat, White Builder GelVanilla LatteBlack Out, Top 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.

Sunset gradient nail art with the Gelous Ombré Brush

Ombre Nail Art Brush

Ombré nails are everywhere and we love it! They can be a fun and easy way to take your manicure up a notch. Our 11 Nail Art Brushes includes an Ombré Brush which is specifically used for this type of nail effect. The Ombré Brush has dense bristles at the bottom which wisp out at the end to assist in creating your gradient effect. You can use just two colours or get creative with it and try multiple! There are endless possibilities with the Ombré Brush.

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base Coat, White Builder GelCoral's ReefSweet Nectar, Top 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.

Dotted flower nail art with the Gelous Dotting Tool

Dotting Nail Art Tool

If some of the other Nail Art Brushes feel a bit daunting at first, then start with our Dotting Tool! We adore using the Dotting Tool to create minimalistic small flowers, like shown in the manicure below. You can achieve this look by choosing your favourite Gelous Gel Nail Polish colour to create the block base colour, then another colour or two for the flowers! Simply dot your Gel Nail Polish of choice in a circle formation anywhere on your nail to create the petals, then paint a small dot in the middle. The Dotting Tool makes it easy to create small uniform dots, which is a sure-fire way to have your mani looking cute AND professional.

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Nude Rubber Base Coat, White Builder GelNeptuneJust WhiteMellow Yellow, Top 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.

Floral nail art with the Gelous Oblique Brush

Oblique Nail Art Brush

Loving this flowery manicure? You can recreate this look using our Oblique Brush. The 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes contains two of these in different sizes, so you can create flowers of different sizes. The slanted bristles of the Oblique Brush allow you to create a tapered effect while loading the brush with two or more Gel Nail Polish colours. For this design, the Oblique Brush was used to create the shape of the petals and blend the white part of the flower into the pink petals. This technique might take a little effort but with the Oblique Brush we know you can do it!

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base CoatWhite Builder GelMaking Me BlushVery Berry, Just White, Candy Shop, Honey Mustard, Black Out, Matte Top CoatTop 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 Top Coat 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.

Butterfly nail art with the Gelous Detail Brush

Detail Nail Art Brush

This beautifully feminine butterfly manicure was created using our Detail Brush. The Detail Brush has short bristles that come to a very fine point to give you ultimate precision. The tiny tip of the brush means that you can create incredibly detailed, delicate designs effortlessly.

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Base Coat, Clear Builder Gel, Colonel Mustard, Black Out, Silver Lining, Top 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.

Cloud nail art with the Gelous Flat Brush 

Flat Nail Art Brush

Recreate this dreamy cloud design by using our Flat Brush and Detail Brush on a Galaxy Fairy Floss base. The primary brush used in this design, the Flat Brush, has a uniform, square shape, which makes it perfect for shading and filling backgrounds. The Flat Brush is also the perfect shape for cleaning Gel Nail Polish off your skin (which you must always remember to do before curing).

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 additional butterfly.
  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.

Animal print nail art with the Gelous Fan Brush

The Fan Brush can create stunning animal print designs on your nails by roughly blending multiple colours. The Fan Brush is semi-circle shaped with sparse bristles so it has a feather-light touch and is great for loosely blending. Simply paint your base Gel Nail Polish colour, cure it and then continue blending and curing other Gel Nail Polish colours over top with the Fan Brush to create a beautiful, layered design.

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

Gel Nail Polish colours used: Nude Rubber Base Coat, White Builder GelJust WhiteVery BerryArabesqueRazzle 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 White Builder 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 your skin.
  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 your skin.
  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 your skin.
  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.

Fan Nail Art Brush

We're sure this breakdown on our brushes has given you some insight and inspiration into what you can create using our 11 Pack of Nail Art Brushes. Starting your nail art journey can be daunting, but remember practice makes perfect. Once you’ve nailed your technique you’ll be flaunting those nail art manicures in no time! 

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