Getting the best from your Nail Art Pen

by Tips & Tricks

You’ve bought a nail art pen and you’re a little unsure how to use it or maintain it?

The one important thing to remember is not to over complicate the whole process. It is a simple and effective tool, and will always work.

Here are some answers to common questions we get asked:

My nib is broken…
  1. The pen arrives assembled but the nib comes apart into 2 pieces; it is designed to be easily cleaned
  2. To fit your nib together correctly watch the instructional video at the bottom of this page
  3. There is meant to be a split down the centre of the large nib, this allows the paint to flow onto the nail
  4. There is meant to be a hole in the nib, make sure the smaller nib does not cover this hole
My paint won’t flow…
  1. Make sure the nib is fitted correctly – watch the instructional video at the bottom of this page
  2. The smaller part of the nib should not cover the hole
  3. The paint you’re using needs to be as thin as single cream
  4. If you have bought Be Creative water-based paint, and it is too think, add some water until the pot is full
  5. You may not be using enough pressure. This is a pen not a brush, hold the pen at a 45 degree angle…much like a writing pen; to achieve more pressure squeeze your fingers
  6. Practise on paper first to achieve your flow
  7. Scratch backwards & forwards to generate movement for the paint to flow
  8. Perhaps your paint has dried onto the nib, creating friction and preventing the flow?
Can I buy a new nib?

Yes you can, they are available to order on the Nail Art Pen product page

How do I clean the pen?

Simply wash the nib and pen in water, swirl it around and remove.

TOP TIP When you have finished using the pen, dip the nib in washing up liquid or dish soap. Leave to one side to dry, do not rinse. The next time you use it the dry soap will act as a lubricant for your paint.