Painting your nails isn’t as simple as splashing a bit of nail polish on your fingers. There are certain tips and tricks you can use to ensure a salon-finished and quality result every time.
In this article, we will tell you exactly how to paint your nails with a couple of secret tricks of the trade. You’ll never have to go to the salon again! Read on to find out more.
The Three Strokes Rule
This brings a whole new meaning to the ‘three strikes (strokes) and you are out’ rule. When painting your nails you should never paint more than three times on each nail. You can start with one broad stroke down the center and then one on either side to cover the whole surface of the nail.
Any more than three strokes and the polish can start to build up on the nail and give an uneven finish. This is especially the case with matte nail polish, it needs a careful application for decent results.
Apply a Base Coat First
One of the cardinal sins of nail painting is people not priming the area with a base coat first. It helps with making the manicure last a couple of extra days longer than without it and prevents any staining on your nails from the polish.
Clean Up Your Edges
After you have finished painting your nails there is usually a bit of residue and paint to be cleaned up on your cuticles. If this isn’t done it can make your manicure look messy and not as sharp.
Stick a small old makeup brush into your nail polish remover and go round the edges of your nails to clean up any extra polish that doesn’t need to be there.
Don’t Forget Your Top Coat
So many people think that applying a top coat isn’t necessary. However, a topcoat protects the overall color of your hair and stops it from chipping. Apply the topcoat across the entirety of your nail from base to tip to seal in the polish.
Dry Your Nails Quicker With Cold Water
Waiting for your nails to dry can feel like an eternity, especially if you have other plans you need to be getting on with. And you should avoid using quick-dry nail polishes as they can actually harm the nail due to the chemicals that are in them.
One of the best ways to dry your nails without chipping them or damaging the finish is by submerging them in cold water. So fill up your sink or a bowl of cold water and dip your hand in for a minute or two.
How to Paint Your Nails: What Next?
We hope this article on how to paint your nails has given you plenty of tips and tricks on how to make your nails perfect every time.
Once you have mastered the basics, that’s when you can start to experiment with trends such as neon nails, spring pastels, and glitter embellishments. The world is your own personal nail salon!
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