Do you marvel at your best friend’s perfectly applied nail polish and wonder how she does such a great job all by herself? I mean, come on. She has to be lying. Giving yourself an at-home manicure would result in spills and stains and you’d end up with half your nail polish on your fingers.
Mastering the art of painting your nails is a skill you need, almost as essential as learning how to drive your car. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also save time that would’ve otherwise been spent waiting for your appointment and making a trip to the salon. Follow these hacks to apply nail polish like a complete pro:
File and Buff
There’s nothing worse than applying a beautiful shade of nail polish on uneven nails chipped from some ends. No, sir- not happening.
Make sure to always start with clean hands and nails. Grab a filer and buffer to give your nails a nice shape and shine. Make sure to move the filer in one direction otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your nails.
Use Cuticle Oil
Everyone’s nails look sad and dull from time to time. You may not be getting time to run to the salon for a quick mani-pedi, and that’s okay.
Cuticle oil is the holy grail of nail care. All you need to do is swipe some cuticle oil on your nails and the skin on the side that tends to dry up and peel. If you don’t have cuticle oil, you can use olive or coconut oil.
Eyeliner Brushes as Erasers
Can not manage to make a mess while applying nail polish? This one’s for you!
Getting nail polish on the side of your nail is super annoying. Cleaning it up is even more annoying. The best nail hack is to take hold of a flat liner brush, dip it in some nail polish remover, and carefully wipe it around the cuticle area after you’ve finished your application. This will provide a smooth, flawless finish, and no one will know about the mess you initially made.
White Nail Polish as Primer
Looking for that bright color to pop on your nails? We’ve got you covered.
All you need to do is prep your nails using white nail polish. You may have to apply a coat or two, and then layer it with your favorite shade. Since our nails are transparent, the white polish works to provide a better canvas for the brighter shade. Get ready for neon nails!
Base and Topcoat Are Your Best Friends
To have that salon-perfect nail polish look, make sure to use a base coat and a topcoat.
If you’re not too fond of the clear shine that top coats leave behind, buy a matte topcoat! This will transform your minimal polish, making it look chic and elegant.
Your Nails Also Need Some Love
Just as your skin needs to breathe otherwise causing breakouts, nails too need to breathe otherwise, they turn yellow, dull, and brittle.
While nail polish really flatters your look, make sure to properly clean your nails every week or two and leave them without polish. Read more on how to care for dull nails here.