Getting the perfect manicure is an art that can take some practice. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get your nails looking nicer and longer lasting.
Prepare Your Nails
- Wash your hands, and lightly push back your cuticles.
- Gently buff your nails with a file and buff cream, followed by a cuticle oil to finish.
- Remove any/all existing nail varnishes.
Apply Base Coat
- Avoid spreading the basecoat over the cuticles and use an upward stroke to finish the application.
- Allow your basecoat to dry before moving on.
Apply Nail Polish
- Use a light stroke and start in the middle of your nail, heading toward the cuticle, using a sweeping motion.
- After you have filled the entire nail, reverse the direction of your brush and fan the color out, using the same sweeping motion.
- Allow the polish to dry between coats.
Finish Your Manicure
- Once your nails are dry, apply a top coat in the same manner as the base coat.
- Allow your manicure to dry for 7-10 minutes before touching it.
By following these steps you should be well on your way to getting perfect application with any nail color. Try to practice your technique for best results. Don’t forget to take the proper care of your nails to keep them looking beautiful and protect them from chipping and peeling.
What temperature should nail polish be stored at?
Nail polish should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. The ideal temperature is between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nail Polish Tips
Getting the perfect manicure isn’t simple. Whether you’re a professional or are just starting out, there are a few tips for getting the best results when painting your nails with polish.
1. Remove Old Polish
Before you start, it’s important to remove any remaining old polish. This will ensure a smooth, clean canvas on which to paint.
2. Buff Rough Spots
Once you’ve removed the old polish, be sure to buff any rough spots on your nails. This will help the polish to adhere more easily and give a smoother looking finish.
3. Apply a Base Coat
Once your nails are clean and buffed, it’s time to apply the base coat. Not only is this an important step in protecting your nails from staining, but it also helps the nail polish adhere better.
4. Apply a Thick Coating
When applying the nail polish, make sure to apply a thick enough coating. It should be thick enough that you can’t see through it. It’s also important to wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second.
5. Use Quick Drying Top Coats
Once you have applied the desired number of coats, it’s important to finish with a quick drying top coat. This will help the polish last longer and maintain a glossy shine longer.
6. Other Tips
- Start painting near the cuticle. When starting to paint, start near the cuticle and move outward. This will help avoid lines and create a smoother finish.
- Don’t overdue with nail art. Too much nail art can look gaudy and be difficult to remove. For the most professional look, keep it simple.
- Cleanup edges. Polish can sometimes leak along the edges, so it’s important to wipe these up with a cotton swab to stop any unwanted smudges.
By following these tips, getting perfectly painted nails shouldn’t be too difficult. Just remember patience and practice, and with a few tries you’ll be a pro in no time!