It takes a lot of skills and practice to achieve perfect-looking polished nails. Even when you already have a great experience, sometimes you still cannot achieve what nail experts can do. To achieve seamlessly beautiful nails at all times, all you need to do is to go to your favorite salon to have it done for you. However, this is not always the ideal and practical solution. Going to the salon on a regular basis will require a lot of your time and money.
Here are some tips from manicurists you can do and practice at home. This will up your skills and in no time, you will have pretty nails you can flaunt everywhere. It may not always be perfect, but you can be assured that your nails will always look attractive!
1. Choose the Proper Shape.
You might be tempted to try out those trendy nail shapes you see on Pinterest. You must take note that those nails require special tools, technique, and a lot of maintenance. If you plan to take care of your nails on your own, the best way to go is the semi-round shape. It has the least chances of your nails from snagging.
If you prefer square-shaped nails, then it’s still a great choice. You just have to file the edges of the sides to avoid your nails from catching things.
2. Be Careful When Buffing the Edge of Your Nails.
You must make sure that nothing is hanging on the edges once you achieve the final shape of your nails. When filing your nails, it’s essential that you buff them to get rid of any remaining debris from the sides and under the nails. Also, it’s highly recommended that you file your nails in one direction only. This is to prevent affecting the fibers of your nails.
3. Prep Up Your Nails Before Painting Them.
Many manicurists will soak your hands for a few minutes so it would be easier to file and push the cuticles. However, more experts now are confirming that soaking your nails will allow them to expand. Once your nails become dry, they will contract, causing the nail polish to chip.
Nail experts will recommend using a nail polish remover or alcohol instead. They are more sanitary and will not affect the structure of your nails. If you prefer to have your hands soaked, then make sure not to go beyond three minutes.
4. Do not Shake Your Nail Polish Bottle.
This has been addressed many times but many people still tend to shake their glass nail polish bottle before using. Shaking will produce bubbles inside and will be seen when you apply the polish immediately. Most nail polish bottles have a metallic ball inside, which will help in stirring the nail polish. It’s better to roll your nail polish bottle if you plan to use it right away. If you prefer to shake it, then you’ll have to wait for at least an hour before applying it to your nails.
5. Apply Two Thin Coats.
If you’re in a hurry, you are usually tempted to apply one thick coat to cover your nails right away. This is strongly discouraged as one huge glob of polish means longer drying time and more prone to smudging. If you want a seamless look, apply two thin coats. You can also go for three coats between drying, but this is the recommended maximum application.
If your polish has a sheer texture, then it’s usually enough to apply one coat. If it is opaque, then it is better to apply two to three coats to make the color stand out.
6. Apply Polish in Three Different Strokes.
A lot of people tend to apply their nail polish with one stroke. They think this is better and surely, it is a lot easier. However, the professional way of applying nail polish usually involves three strokes. One in the middle and two at the sides.
7. Stay Away From Heat When Drying Your Polish.
You might think that your nails will dry quickly if you expose them to heat. Some will even blow them with their mouths, especially when they are in a hurry. Exposing your polish to heat will likely create bubbles and will affect the entire look of your nails. It’s better to air-dry them or if you’re in a hurry, expose them to cold air instead.
8. Fix Errors Quickly and Carefully.
If you accidentally make a mistake, attend to them right away. Allowing them to dry will make it more difficult to remove them. A quick fix is done through using a stick with a flat tip, dip in acetone, and work around the nails. Be careful not to touch your nails as this will cause further mistakes, which are quite difficult to correct.
For smudges, gently use your finger by pushing back the polish into the proper place before applying your top coat.
9. Maintain Your Nails Regularly.
After achieving the perfect nails, which required you a lot of work, it is only proper you attend to them to extend their lifespan. Practice good habits like wearing gloves when doing the laundry or washing the dishes. It’s also good to use cuticle oil to keep your nails and hands hydrated and healthy.