Having beautiful nails isn’t that easy after all, especially when you have a lot of household chores to do after work. Nevertheless, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help you enjoy your beautifully painted fingernails longer. Sure, it’s pretty much easier to get your nails done at the beauty salon, but visiting the nail salon every few weeks can really strain your budget. So learn to do your own manicure. Painting nails can actually be a piece of cake for you if you follow these pro tips…
Here’s how to properly paint your nails
Painting nails: tips and tricks
File your nails properly
The correct technique for filing your nails is to move the file in one direction at a time. Improper filing can result in cracking, peeling, and breaking.
Do not move the file back and forth
Do not cut your nails with scissors but with nail clippers
Never cut into the cuticles
It’s very tempting to clip the cuticles, but it actually does a lot more harm than good. To avoid bacteria or infection, push back your cuticles with a stick and some oil.
Cream the cuticles and push them back
Cut off your hangnails
The only reason to reach for your cuticle nipper is to clip your hangnails.
Do not shake the nail polish bottle
Instead of shaking the nail polish bottle, hold it vertically and roll it back and forth between your hands. This will prevent air bubbles from forming when applying the paint.
You only need three strokes with the brush
Before you start covering your nails with polish, remember that it only takes three strokes of the brush to cover one nail. Starting at the base of your nail, sweep the brush down the middle, then left and right from top to bottom, and voilà!
Apply the nail polish correctly!
Always use a base coat
It may take a little longer, but the base coat will help the nail polish stick more easily, so your manicure will last a few days longer. It also prevents stains on your nails.
Please do not forget the base coat
Don’t forget the top coat
You’d be surprised how many women skip the top coat. Please don’t be one of them! The top coat is a very important step when you paint your nails. So sweep it up to the nail tip to lock in the polish.
Get a top coat
Avoid quick-drying nail polish
Even though a quick drying nail polish might seem like the right move, remember that nail polishes that dry quickly are usually loaded with harsh ingredients. Because of this, they can weaken your nails. So be patient and wait until the nail polish is completely dry.
The fast drying products are not good for your nails
Nail polish dries faster in cold water
It sounds a bit strange, but if you run your hands under cold water or dip your fingertips in ice water for a minute or two, your nail polish will dry noticeably faster. So fill a small bowl with cold water and relax.
Nail polish dries noticeably faster in cold water
Hot water is a natural enemy of nail polish
Make sure the nail edges are clean
Clean the nail edges after you have painted your fingernails. Use an old lip brush or ear swab dipped in nail polish remover to properly clean the nail edges.
Paint nails and clean the edges of the nails
Use cuticle oil
An easy way to make your fingernails look like they just got out of the nail salon is to use cuticle oil. Apply the oil to your nails after painting. If you accidentally hit something, the oil will slide off a little, so there is less damage to the nail polish.
Store your nail polish properly
Keeping your nail polish refrigerated will keep it longer because heat and direct sunlight could change its texture and color.
Save old nail polish
You know that thick and greasy nail polish that sits in your bathroom cabinet? In fact, he can be saved. You can buy nail polish thinner at your local beauty salon. Just add a few drops to any nail polish that is too thick.
Save old nail polishes