There's more to creating the perfect manicure at home than just the technique. The tools you use are half the battle, so before you dip your toes— er, nails—into the world of acrylics, you'll want to find the right brush for your needs. According to celebrity manicurist Elle, the best acrylic nail brushes come in a size 8, have a precise, pointed tip, and are crafted from natural kolinsky sable hair.
Elle, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart, says a size 8 brush (which refers to the diameter of the hair) is ideal because it's small enough to focus the liquid directly where you want, but large enough to cover a decent amount of your nail bed. "You never want to be working with too big a brush," she says. "If your brushes are too big, then you get [acrylic] liquid all over your fingers, and that can cause an allergy."
In addition, Elle says a pointed tip lends itself to acrylic application better than something more squared-off. "You don't want to apply your acrylic by brushing it on like nail polish," she explains. "You want to almost smear it on, like mayonnaise."
You'll find most bristles are made from all-natural kolinsky sable brush hair, which Elle says helps acrylic products glide on smoothly. If you prefer something synthetic, however, you'll still be able to find a quality nylon option.
Ahead, you'll find the best acrylic nail brushes to take your manicures to the next level— and they're all highly rated and available on Amazon.
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