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Most of the time, we end up at the manicurist for a simple nail polish change, so we might be missing out on some technicalities involved in this art.

On that rare occasion when we decide to do our own manicure, half the time, it ends up a disaster.

So what if your nail brush was to blame for your bad DIY nail days?

Long, short, skinny, wide, with nail brushes, even a millimeter matters.

Here's the break down of what you do not know about nail brushes.

Flat, skinny brushes

This flat, skinny brush makes sharp lines, and its cylindrical stem allows easy maneuverability (great for crescent-moon manis).

Wide, big brushes

This brush is big enough to cover the whole nail, and its angled tip is perfect for square or squoval nails.

Short, stiff brushes

Short, stiff bristles allow you to swipe on polish quickly but are also a bit hard to control.

Oversized, round brushes

This oversize rounded brush paints the entire nail in one stroke. If you have small nails, though, it can be messy.

Wide, square brush

Manicurists rave about this wide, square brush. It's precise, but the soft bristles fan out for fast, even coverage.

Flexible brushes

These flexible bristles allow light, consistent strokes for even color. If your manicures tend to look gloppy, this brush is for you.

Short and compact brushes

For detail work and small nails, this brush is ideal. But the short stem and tiny cap make painting feel a bit like writing with a golf pencil.

Do you now see that you're way in over your heads?

See photos of these different brushes in gallery and you just might want to stick  with the professionals.

Watch this clip on the different nail brushes for nail art.

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