A Guide to Miss Dolla Nail Brushes
As a Nail Technician, creating gorgeous gel nails and perfecting a range of nail art designs requires not only skill but also the right tools. Gel nail brushes play a crucial role in achieving intricate designs and professional-looking manicures and if you’re struggling with certain designs or applications, it may just be that you don’t have the right brushes in your gel nail kit. In this guide, we will explore the various types of gel nail brushes and their specific uses, helping you elevate your nail art to new heights - it’s all about setting yourself up for success!
As we know, every masterpiece starts with a solid foundation, and the same applies to nail art! The gel brush is an essential in your gel nail kit, designed to apply any gel polish evenly and smoothly. The Miss Dolla Gel Brushes have a flat shape and high-quality synthetic bristles which allow you to achieve a flawless, streak-free application. Many Nail Technicians don’t utilise a gel nail brush, as it’s most common to use the applicator on the gel nail polish bottle, however, more often than not, these brushes are too thick and don’t offer a precise application or control. You’d be amazed at how much cleaner your results are once you pop some gel onto an agate stone, and use a foundation brush to apply the product instead.
These brushes are also extremely useful for cleaning up any unwanted gel polish. We’ve all been there when no matter how hard you try, there’s some pesky gel on the skin or the cuticle. It’s important that this is removed before curing, otherwise, your clients may experience lifting, so use your flat gel brush to go around the edges of the nail and get that flawless finish!
Liner Gel Nail Brushes
When it comes to intricate designs and detailed accents, a liner brush is your go-to tool. This brush has an elongated and ultra-thin tip, making it perfect for creating precise lines, swirls, or calligraphy-style nail art. They come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses, and you’ll find that different ones work better for different designs. In the Miss Dolla collection, we have a 9mm, 7mm and 5mm brush. Longer brushes tend to be better for swooping designs, whereas shorter brushes are a great option when you need all the control you can get! It also comes down to personal preference, some Nail Techs might prefer using a long-liner nail brush even when they need to be precise.
A liner brush is also the best option when it comes to creating the perfect French tip - particularly when creating smile lines. These are notoriously hard to perfect so making sure you have the right nail tools is crucial. A longer brush is usually the favourite for smile lines, as its flexibility allows you to create a really smooth curve. Some Nail Technicians will use a different French tip technique, using multiple small straight lines to build the smile line look, so in this case, you may find the 5mm nail brush is easier to use.
With the liner brush in your kit, you can take your nail art to the next level as its ultra-fine bristles enable you to draw literally any design; intricate patterns, delicate lines, and tiny details like flowers, stars or hearts - the nail art world is your oyster!
Ombre Nail Brush
Ombre nails are a major trend and will continue to be so for years to come. Have you ever wondered how other Nail Techs get such a seamless blend? Well, it’s an ombre nail brush. This brush features a flat, wide shape, with dense bristles at the bottom, slightly tapering into sparse brittles at the top. The Miss Dolla ombre brush allows you to blend two or more colours effortlessly, not to mention, quite quickly! Whether you're creating a subtle transition or a bold French Tip ombre, this brush will be your best companion.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Nail Brushes
To prolong the life of your gel nail brushes and maintain their performance, regular cleaning is essential. After each use, rinse the brushes with acetone or isopropyl alcohol to remove any leftover gel polish. Gently reshape the bristles and lay them flat to dry to prevent the brushes from splaying.
Remember to always store your gel nail brushes properly, ideally in the protective case they come in or in a holder to keep them safe from dust and damage. Proper maintenance ensures that your brushes will remain reliable tools in your gel nail kit.
Invest in high-quality gel nail brushes, practice regularly, and use your imagination. There’s only so far you can go without the right tools, so get your kit stocked up and your books will be full before you know it! If you have any questions or need some help picking the best gel nail brushes for your needs, just click the chat icon or send us a DM on insta, and don’t forget to tag us in your nail art pics!