Mind & Body

Monday, 12 May 2014

Is there a trick to applying nail polish correctly?

Have you ever had issues putting on nail polish?
Or do you feel that it would take a rocket scientist to put it on?

Generally go with the thin coat method and do one hand at a time. You should  use a quality polish so it won't gunk up while applying or having to apply multiple layers,  OPI usually has a very easy workable formula and a vast array of colors to choose from, i find them to me moderately priced.
When getting the polish on the brush, I usually dip the entire brush in, then as I pull it up, I pull the side of the brush facing me up against the bottle, removing the majority of polish from the side I won't be using to paint with. (This usually prevents excess polish from dripping onto my nail or creating the thick layer which is difficult to dry). 

Do not try to wipe off any polish against the bottle from the second side of the brush because then the layer will be TOO thin. I usually do three strokes: one down the middle, two on either side to cover up my entire nail. I'm right handed and start painting my left hand first, and move on to my other fingers, By this time the first few nails I started with have dried a bit so I can begin my second coat. Sometimes I do have trouble with my thumb which hasn't dried enough so my second coat will goop up a bit at the tip of my thumbnail. I usually do 2-3 coats with OPI and Essie polishes to achieve full opacity.
Before you add your top coat you should always make sure the nail polish has dried.The best amount of time is about 30 minutes OR of you are busy at least 10 minutes until you add your top coat.

Step 1 – Make sure your hands and nails are thoroughly cleansed, cleaned, and free of cuticles. If you prefer having not having your cuticles removed, feel free to do so.
Step 2 – Gently apply a thin coat of your color of choice. If you have intact cuticles, apply over them as well. Let it dry.
Step 3 – Carefully apply a second coat. Let dry once again.
Step 4 – Apply a top coat of clear nail polish to seal the color in. Let dry.

Should you encounter problems with messy sides, simply wash your hands in hot soapy water, rinse with cold water, and gently rub the messy sides to remove it. You will be left with nothing but clean and wonderfully looking colored nails.


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