7 Nail Art Tools Your Beauty Kit Shouldn't Be Without

7 Nail Art Tools Your Beauty Kit Shouldn't Be Without

Getting pampered at the salon is wonderful,but you don't have to shell out majorly every time for a gorgeous mani.. With the right manicure tools, like nail art brushes and striping tape, you'll be looking polished and put together without the price tag.

Nail clippers with catcher photo

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Nail Clippers with Catcher

First things first, make your nails a uniform length. There are a bunch of trimmers to choose from, but the Japonesque Luxe Nail Clipper has some extra features that make it worth the purchase. Its curved blade precisely cuts, while its catcher collects all your clippings for easy cleanup (no more hunching over a trash can) — and it's less than $5.

Buy It! $4.50; target.com

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Hot pink crystal nail file from Sephora photo

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Crystal Nail File

Once they're trimmed, use this crystal nail file to sculpt your nails to the desired shape. Rounded, square, or almond — it helps you create them all. The benefit to using a glass option over metal or emery boards: durability. Crystal files last for years and can be washed. This one also includes a case that keeps it safe in your purse or drawer.

Buy It! $10; sephora.com

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Cuticle oil by Deborah Lippmann photo

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Cuticle Oil

Experts recommend you don't cut your cuticles at home; one wrong nick can increase your chances of infection. Instead, care for your cuticles by hydrating them. This cuticle oil by Deborah Lippmann contains jojoba and coconut oils to nourish and vitamin E for protection. It also features an eye-dropper-style brush for precise application.

Buy It! $20; sephora.com

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Nail art kit with dotter tool, nail art brushes, and more photo

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Nail Art Tool Kit

Create beautiful manicures from the comfort of your home with this nail art tool kit. From Red Carpet Manicure, this set features a two-sided dotting tool, two clean-up brushes, and two striping brushes; you'll be able to create everything from diagonal lines to polka dots.

Buy It! $12; ulta.com

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Set of nail stripe tape in 30 colors photo

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Nail Striping Tape

Nail art brushes make creating different designs easier, but if you want something that guarantees a straight line we recommend this nail striping tape. The roll includes 30 assorted colors you can mix and match. Its strips are self-adhesive and can be used with UV gel, acrylic, and traditional polishes. Try gold and red for a holiday look or black and gray for everyday sophistication.

Buy It! $6; amazon.com

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LED curing lamp with 3C technology photo

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LED Curing Lamp

If you love gel polishes, then an LED lamp is a must-have. The CND UV LED Curing Lamp creates a powerful network of cross-linked polymer bonds — a.k.a. it strengthens polish to resist chips and breaking. It also features an energy adjusted setting, time controlled pulsing, and universal gel polish setting for the perfect cure. Just slip your hand (or feet) inside and let it do the rest.

Buy It! $131; walmart.com

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OPI nail strengthener photo

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Nail Strengthener

At the end of the day, healthy nails are pretty nails, and a strengthening formula like OPI's Nail Envy will help prevent peeling, chipping, and breaking. Apply it as a base coat then as a topcoat every other day for about a week. For best results, remove all polish after one week and repeat the process as needed..

Buy It! $18; ulta.com

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