As far as cosmetics go, nail polish is one of the more difficult ones to master. Sure, eyeliner can be tough, but most people get the hang of it eventually – no one needs to go to an eyeliner salon for professional application. Nail salons, however, do a booming business because getting your nails just right isn't an easy task to master. However, if you're looking to save money on your manicure, you can improve your nail polishing skills with a few simple tips. Take a look at the nail polish tricks that you've been looking for.
Clean Your Nails
The worst thing that you can do is sit down to put nail polish on without thoroughly cleaning your nails first. Dirt, hand moisturizer, old polish, or moisture can all prevent the nail polish from adhering to the surface of your nails. This can lead to a spotty appearance or a polish job that chips and peels easily. Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You might even want to try applying hand soap to a soft toothbrush to get the corners of your nails and get underneath the tips of your nails – oils from your skin tend to collect in those areas, and oil is the enemy of nail polish.
Nail polish remover is great for removing oil from the surface of the nail, so even if you don't have polish on your nail, prep the surface by swiping a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover over the surface. However, you may want to use non-acetone remover, especially if your nails are already dry or splitting. Acetone is harsh and can dry out your cuticles too much. Save the acetone remover for when you need to remove especially dark polish colors from your nails.
Time Your Coats Wisely
When you need to paint your nails, make sure that you have enough time to devote to the project, because a basecoat and a top coat really are important steps in the process. It's actually easier for the colored polish to latch onto the basecoat than it is for the polish to latch onto your bare nail. The top coat ensures that the finish is hard and won't chip easily. Reapply the topcoat every few days to prolong the life of your manicure. You also want two coats of color, to ensure that you end up with vivid color.
The good news is that it won't take as long to apply a basecoat, two color coats, and a top coat as you may think. The odds are good that you're waiting too long between coats. You don't need the previous coat to be perfectly dry before applying the next one. Experts say that two minutes is long enough for a coat of nail polish to be dry enough for the next coat to adhere properly.
Perfect Your Technique
Your brush strokes also have a lot to do with how quickly the polish dries and how good the final result looks. Don't try to use too thick a layer – you don't need to cake the polish on for the color to show. That's why you use two coats of color. You want a thin, even amount of polish on the nail. Be sure to wipe the brush so that it's not dripping with polish. If your bottle of nail polish has gunky, partially dried polish around the opening, clean it off before you start. That way it won't wind up on your nails.
When you apply the paint, start by painting a narrow, even strip down the middle of your nail, then another one on each side. That should be enough to cover the nail without being too much.
Remember to take care of your nails by using hand cream to moisturize your nails and cuticles, and maintain your manicure by protecting your nails when you're doing something that might chip them – for example, wear rubber gloves when you wash dishes. That way, your manicure will be beautiful and long-lasting.
For more info, go to a nail salon.