Using the Right Nail-Art Brushes – Part 1

You’ve heard of the right stuff, well what about the right brush? When it comes to nail art, it isn’t a one-brush-will-do kind of situation. With the proper nail-art brush, a tech can create everything from thin detailed lines, to color-blended  shadows, and even elaborate flowers. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right brush for your special designs.

Liner Brush function

Liner Brush

How It’s Used: Excellent for short strokes, a liner brush can be used to draw smile lines and details. It’s accurate for outlining images and adding contours.

Shader Brush function

Shader Brush

How It’s Used: The shader brush is great for backgrounds and for drawing larger images. This brush is versatile in that it can be loaded with two different colors on its sides.

Fan Brush function

Fan Brush

How It’s Used: For an airbrushed effect, the fan brush can streak color on the nail. Various colors can be blended with this brush and colors can be layered in gradual tones.

Marbler (Dotter) function

Marbler (Dotting Tools)

How It’s Used: Zigzag or swirl, the marbler brush can mix and blend colors together in an interesting design. Whether the colors are swirled on the nail plate or in a water solution, the marbler blends colors in a free, uneven pattern. The marbler can also be used to make dot flowers.

Crooked Detailer Brush function

Crooked Detailer Brush

How It’s Used: Providing an angular tip, this brush easily paints fine details and outlines. It can also be used in a more upright position and can be used to add highlights.

Tools are the most essential part to get jobs done. More nail-art brushes functions will be covered in next post. Follow us or check back soon for updates!


Remove Nail Polish in 5 Min with 1 Cotton Ball

We all adore that pretty colors on nails. But here comes the headache when removing it. It’s always a mess with cotton balls flying around and using lots of nail polish remover – it’s a complete waste! Today we are introducing this genius method to remove nail polish in as quick as 5 minute and… with 1 cotton ball!


  • Nail polish remover
  • 1 Cotton ball (more if needed)

Step 1: Unravel one (1) cotton ball into a strip.

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Step 2: Split your strip down the middle vertically into 2 strips.

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Step 3: Tear them into little pieces that are nail-sized.

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Step 4: Keep tearing until there’s 12-15 pieces. 10 for nails and the remaining for wiping and cleaning up any bits of nail polish left behind.

Step 5: Pour nail polish remover into the lid and fill it up like so.

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Step 6: Take one of those cotton pieces and dip it into the remover. Don’t dunk it in. Just dip in the edge because the remover will travel up the cotton pieces. Too much remover on the cotton piece will dribble like crazy when you’re pressing the cotton pieces onto your nail.

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Step 7: Press the wet cotton piece onto your nail gently. It should be completely wet and cover your entire nail.

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Step 8: Repeat the same for other fingers. You may do one hand at a time or both hands, depending on your liking.

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Step 9: Leave them for 1-2 minutes. That’s the time where the remover is doing its job. This is similar to soaking your nails in remover but a lot less harsh on your skin. You nails will not absorb the remover.

Step 10: Grab a new piece of cotton and wipe off the wet cotton piece from your nail while pressing down with some force. Put some muscle into it! Do it from your nail bed to your nail tip. This way, your nails will not be damaged.

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Step 11: Most nail polish should come right off. Using remaining cotton piece to remove any nail polish residue.

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It is very easy, isn’t it? Will you use this method to remove your nail polish? Let us know in the comment below!


4 Steps Ikat Nails

Ikat has been one of the most popular nail designs in recent years. To see how to create easy Ikat nail art in just 4 steps, read the tutorial below!



  • Light blue nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Black nail art pen
  • Base and top coats



Prep nails using your favorite nail file.

Step 1.: Always start with a base coat, wait dry

Step 2: Paint two coats of your blue polish, wait dry

Step 3. Add two to three dabs of red polish to each nail, wait dry

Step 4: Create a smaller dab using your white polish within each red shape, wait dry

Step 5: Using your nail art pen, create a jagged outline around each red shape, plus a black triangle within each white shape. The great thing about ikat is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Step 6: Seal with top coat and you’re good to go!

Isn’t it easy? Comment below if you will give it a try!



Salon Style Hair Waves At Home

Getting romantic waves at salon is expensive, so why not do it at home?

Using a curling iron to curl your hair and then turn it into waves. The photos correspond to the numbered steps below the collage, starting with the upper left photo.




1. Create two-inch sections of hair using an alligator hair clip.

2. Take out one section and clip the rest of the hair aside.

3. Spray the section your about to curl with hair spray.

4. Before you curl each section, run the curling iron over the end to make sure it’s smooth.

5. Starting at the base of hair closest to your roots, wrap the stand of hair around the iron away from your face so that the wave will flow away from your face instead of into it.

6. Unravel hair carefully as you take out the curling iron and repeat with the rest of your hair.

7. Now you’ve got some pretty cute loose curls. But we’ve gotta wave ‘em up!

8. Flip your head upside down and mess up those curls. Be sure to separate the curls you’ve created so you don’t end up with giant ringlets.

9. Turn on your Hollywood starlet attitude and call it a day!



Tutorial – Rainbow Drops Drag Marble Nail Art

This nail design is relatively easy to do. But if this is your first attempt at drag marbling, it’s well worth practicing on a practice wheel or a piece of thick paper first. Once you get comfortable with the technique, there’s plenty of room for experimentation! Drag marbling can be used to create anything from colorful designs.



  • 6 opaque, well-pigmented nail polishes in rainbow colors
  • Opaque white nail polish
  • Dotting tools
  • Needle
  • Top coat & base coat


How To:

  1. Apply 2 coats of opaque white nail polish on all nails. Allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes but don’t let it dry completely.
  2. Now, work one nail at a time. You’ll need to work quickly so first prepare all the tools and the colored polishes you’ll be using to create the rainbow drops. Put generous drops of colored nail polishes on a piece of paper. Put the dotting tool and needle next to them. Now, paint one nail with a 3rd layer of opaque white polish and quickly add colored dots of overlapping polish as pictured.
  3. With a needle, gently drag the colorful dots in one direction. Do not use a lot of pressure, your aim is to drag the dots not to scratch your nail.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 on all nails.
  5. Clean around the cuticles. If required and seal your design with a generous layer or two of quick drying top coat. Allow sufficient time for your design to dry.



Will you give this a try? Let us know in the comment below!



Why Use Cuticle Oil?

Cuticle oil is used to moisturize the cuticle, skin and nail area. It can protect the cuticle and nail against damage and improve the health and appearance of the cuticles and nails. Cuticle oil should not be used as a first-line of defense against dryness, but rather to fix extremely dry, cracked nails. Made of natural, rapidly absorbing vegetable oils, cuticle oil can also contain vitamins and citric acid.


Protect and Repair
Cuticle oil can help protect and repair damage to the cuticles. When cuticles are exposed to excessive cold, sun, chlorination, salty or soap water or other environmental conditions that lead to dry, chapped skin, the cuticles can be also become dry, chapped, and damaged. Similarly, picking at the cuticles, typing, folding laundry, brushing hair and cooking can all cause damage.


Moisturize and Pamper
The main purpose of cuticle oil is to deeply moisturize not only the cuticle, but also the skin and surrounding nail area. Cuticle oil helps increase circulation in the nail bed and can stimulate new nail growth. When cuticles or the surrounding nail are extremely dry and cracked, to the point of separation of the nail area from the cuticle, the oil provides quick repair and protection. The oil deeply moisturizes the area, repairs the nail, stops the cracking and eventually allows the nail to reattach.

Dos and Don’ts
Before using cuticle oil, regular skin moisturizing creams should be used. If you apply the oil too often, your cuticles can become dry and cracked when you discontinue use. Cuticle oils should be used only when the nails are extremely dry.

Common Infusions and Ingredients
Cuticle oil must absorb quickly and should be thin, not thick. Common cuticle oils include any one or a combination of flaxseed oil, wheat germ oil, apricot oil, safflower oils, lavender oils and jojoba oils. Some of these oils may be infused with citric acids and vitamins. The citric acids make the oils absorb quickly. Other ingredients may include vitamins, such as vitamin E, which is an anti-oxidant.

How to Apply
Only a small amount of cuticle oil is necessary. Cuticle oils are potent and small quantities can provide the deep moisturizing necessary. Cuticle oils can be brushed on, similarly to nail polish, or they can come in pen-like applicators. Roller ball applicator provides a neater and best application.



Nail-Art Brush Cleaning 101 – Part 1

You recently invest some nail-art brushes and start your nail-art adventure. After a couple painting and drawing session, now what…?

Cleaning and caring nail-art brushes isn’t hard but can be a hassle if doing it wrong. Let’s see how Alli from thedailyvarnish makes her nail-art brush cleaning an easy task!

What you need:

  1. Dirty nail-art brushes (obviously….). This method is to remove nail polish from nail art brushes (not acrylic paint, etc).
  2. Nail polish thinner. My favorite is Orly Nail Lacquer Thinner. But any nail thinner will work! Sally Beauty has a generic Beauty Secrets thinner that’s very affordable.
  3. Some kind of disposable plastic cup or plate. Make sure it’s plastic and not paper. The paper will just soak up the nail polish thinner.
  4. A piece of paper.


How to (easiest when the nail polish is till wet….though it will work with dried polish):

  1. Add 2 to 3 drops of nail polish thinner to a plastic surface.
  2. Dip the brush in the nail polish thinner and swirl it around.
  3. Wipe the brush on the piece of paper.
  4. If there’s still color on the brush repeat the above steps.

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Once all the color is gone, Alli use the paper prepared folded over to reshape the brush. The paper will also soak up any excess nail polish thinner.

After that the brushes is put back in their normal spot. They’re ready to go for next time!

A couple of things not to do:

  1. Do not use acetone nail polish remover on your nail-art brushes. This will weaken the glue and eventually the bristles will fall out. Basically, doing this will slowly ruin your brushes. And no one wants that.
  2. Do not run the brushes under water after cleaning the brushes with nail polish thinner. This will cause the nail thinner to ball up and get stuck in the bristles.
  3. Use paper or cardboard to soak up the extra thinner is recommended because using a paper towel (or the like) will leave lint in the brush.

An alternative method (that’s not really recommended….)

If you’re in a serious pinch you can use clear nail polish. This will take the color out but once the brush dries it will be rock hard. You’ll still need to follow up with nail thinner.