9 Best Nail Art Tools Every Nail Polish Lover Needs

Whenever I was lucky enough as a little kid to get my nails done at a salon, watching the nail technician paint a little pastel flower on my nail with their special nail art tools was the coolest.

I’m fairly certain I had the same wide-eyed expression the first time I watched a YouTube video of someone doing their own nail art. I immediately dove head-first into nail art and was surprised at the results I could get.

I’ve built a list of the top essential tools you’ll want in your nail art kit.

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Isn't nail art hard?

There's a huge range of nail art methods, techniques, brands, and styles. All of them take practice.

Don't get discouraged if your first attempt at water marbling looks like a sludgy mess. That's okay. Either wear it with pride that you're trying something new or that's what they made nail polish remover for.

It's going to take a few tries to get any of these methods looking Pinterest-worthy. When you have an hour to kill, sit down with your new tools and play around with the intent that you're not planning on leaving with a passable manicure.

If you're a nail stamping magician and on your first time out of the gate your nails are perfection, that's phenomenal and you are a god amongst humans. For the rest of us mortals who'll more likely spend a session or two making a mess before we get it right, you are not alone.

Have your favorite nail color ready to cover up any nail art attempts you're not happy with and know that once you get the technique down, no one can stop you. So cut yourself some slack if you don't get it on the first try.

You don't need to be an artist to create jaw-dropping nail art.

While I absolutely believe that everyone can learn to draw with time and training, I personally don't have that kind of commitment so I'm not the type who can draw graceful roses on my nails with a brush. Some of you are and you are cooler than I am.

But that's okay because there are tons of tools and tricks of the trade that don't need high levels of artistic ability and can give you gorgeous nails that look like you couldn't possibly have done them yourself.

Plus, you can use them on the little nail polish lovers in training in your life and they will think you are truly magical. 

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