The best bet for painting nails is a visit to a manicurist at a salon. DYI requires a steady hand and certain techniques.
Learn some of the tricks done in the shop that will leave the finger tips looking tip top, when duplicating at home.
Before proceeding, remove all traces of old polish with polish remover before painting the nails. If there are ridges on the surface of the nails, buff the surface.
- Base coat
This clear polish protects the natural nail of having residue stain marks that the color polish would leave without it. A base coat results in a longer-lasting finish and helps avoids nail nicks.
Two coats of polish will do and will even look better if they are applied in thin coats. The pros apply a coat of polish in five movements.
The polish brush is first placed about a cm from the cuticle in the middle of the nail. Push the polish on the brush to the cuticle.
Stroke the brush down the center of the nail in the opposite direction towards the tips.
Do each side with one stroke starting at the cuticle to the tips.
- Apply a top coat.
Apply this after the polish has completely dried. This clear polish adds a high sheen to the nail, and it also eliminates excessive chipping and nicks.
- Clean off
It is next to impossible to be precise with nail polish application. Use an orange stick, swirl on a tiny piece of cotton and place in nail polish remover and proceed to remove any excess polish from the edges of cuticle, the sides and underneath the nail.
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