Don’t have time to get to your manicurist? Nails needing a bit of refreshing for an event or important meeting?
Here are my tips for the best at home care and smooth, professional looking polish I follow in between manicures:
- Remove old nail polish completely, then wash with a natural oil cleanser.
- Use a sugar scrub or home acid peel on your fingertips and cuticle areas.
- Make sure your nails are clean and dry.
- Use an emory board or nail file to file the tips smooth.
- Use fresh nail polishes. Older will be harder to spread, can clump and bubble.
- Place your hand on a solid surface, not in the air or on your knee.
- Use good lighting, don’t paint in a shadow.
- Make sure you can see your nails up close. (Ahem, use reading glasses if you need them!)
- Dip brush into polish, remove excess by gliding across bottle lip.
- Press tip of brush towards cuticle, brushing polish smoothly toward nail tips.
- Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.
When you are finished, your nail polish should look smooth, without streaks, clumps or “gobbed” into the cuticle or side crevices. You can use an orange stick with a little bit of nail polish remover to get rid of any polish that seeped over onto your skin.
In a day or two, add a coat of clear top coat to extend the wear of your polish if it hasn’t chipped and still looks good.
Use a good moisturizer around the tips twice a day to keep everything moisturized, too.
Taking the time to do the above steps will give you the greatest chance for a beautiful and longer lasting, polished look!
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