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.

Nail-Art-Brush-Before Nail-Art-Brush-After

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.



One thought on “Nail-Art Brush Cleaning 101 – Part 1

  1. Cool, but what if nail polish thinners isn’t freely available or very expensive?

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