Do you struggle to get the perfect manicure at home? Keep reading for my top five tips on how to paint your nails the right way and get a flawless mani everytime!
#1 – Be Gentle When you are shaping and filing your nails please be gentle. Avoid using a sawing motion back and forth while filing. Try to file in one direction and use a fine grit file to avoid unnecessary breaking of the nails. Also don’t cut your cuticles! Use cuticle remover and/or cuticle stick to push back and clean up the cuticle area. Use a cuticle nipper only to trim hang nails.
#2 – Prep Is Important If there is any residue on your nail bed your polish is going to chip a lot faster than normal. So use acetone or rubbing alcohol to completely clean your nail bed before applying your base coat.
#3 – Base is Base Always use a base coat! This will help protect your natural nail, smooth out any ridges, give your polish something to stick to and prevent staining.
#4 – Thin Not Thick Two to three thin coats are much better than one thick coat. This will ensure your polish dries faster and avoid air bubbles appearing on your nails. Follow the guide below for perfect polish application.
#5 – Finish Strong A good top coat will make all the difference in your manicure. Check out my favorite top coats here. After your nails are dry apply your favorite cuticle oil. Notice I said cuticle oil and not hand lotion? Cuticle oil is highly concentrated so it’s much better at repairing and moisturizing the sensitive skin around the nails. Apply cuticle oil every day for stronger and healthier nails!
Glamlashluv Tip - It’s very hard to get a perfect application for every manicure. Use a small brush dipped in acetone to clean up excess polish around the edges of your nail bed. This will give you clean lines for that salon perfect look!
What is your top tip for getting a perfect mani? Share in the comments below!