10 Tips for Painting Your Nails

Gorgeous nails are a must. Whether it’s your toenails or your fingernails,…

Gorgeous nails are a must. Whether it’s your toenails or your fingernails, perfectly painted nails can help you stand out, look put together, and feel stunning. If you’ve been painting your nails for years, you might think you have it all figured out, but there are some nail painting tips and tricks you want to follow.

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  1. Use Three Strokes: Your nails don’t require more than three strokes to be coated with paint. First, dip your brush into the bottle and get a decent-sized bead of polish. Then, starting at the base of your nail, stroke the brush right, then left, and then down the center.
  2. Apply a Base Coat: If you’ve always wanted your nail polish to last longer, then you should be painting your nails with a base coat first. If you’re looking for a good base coat, check out these options from Vogue.
  3. Avoid Quick-Dry: While it might seem like a great idea to buy polish that promises to dry in minutes, don’t take the shortcut. Quick-dry polish can dehydrate your nails.
  4. Use Cuticle Oil: To get the salon look, you need to liberally apply cuticle oil to your nails. The oil will help your cuticles look healthy while also giving your nails some slip and slide so you’ll be less likely to nick your polish.
  5. Dip in Cold Water: After you paint your nails, hold them under cold water or dip them in a cold-water bath to help them dry faster.
  6. Apply Thin Coats: You might think applying a thick coat when painting your nails is a good idea, but it’s not. Instead, apply a thin coat so your nails dry faster and have less chance of chipping.
  7. Keep Your Polish Cold: Store your nail polish in the refrigerator. Heat and light can alter the thickness and color of your nail polish. By keeping it in the fridge, it will last longer and work better.
  8. Never Shake Your Polish: If you’re having a hard time getting out those last drops of polish, don’t give in to the temptation to shake it. Instead, roll the polish back and forth between your hands while holding it vertically.
  9. Don’t Saw Your Nails: When filing your nails, it might be tempting to saw them back and forth, but that’s the perfect way to tear the tip of your nail, leaving it jagged. Instead, always stroke the file in one direction. Read this tutorial on shaping your nails.
  10. Use Non-Acetone Remover: Acetone nail polish seems like the easy solution when you want to change your nail color. Wrong. Don’t dry out your nails. Use natural removers to keep your nails and fingers healthy and happy.

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