Top Tips for Painting Your Nails – discover great tips to help you create a fantastic look, for long lasting, chip-free coverage.
- Base coat is a must (on natural nails). You can get various types such as strengthening and nourishing too. Occasionally pigments in some polishes can stain the natural nail, mainly in bold, rich colours, so a base coat helps prevent this from happening. Most people would prime a wall before painting it so why not do the same with your nails.
- Want a bright, vivid colour on your nails which will really stand out? Paint your nails white as an undercoat, giving the colour(s) you want a real ‘POP’ when you apply it and its dry.
- Worried about mess around the edges? There are loads of tips with tape or PVA glue etc but keep it simple. Get a small paint brush and just dip in it a bit of nail polish remover and sweep it round the edge – boom, sorted it nice and easy.
- Top coat will always help keep your nails from chipping and keep the look lasting longer. Using cuticle oil on your nails after you have painted them will not only help your nails and cuticles but also limit chipping too due to the ‘slipping’ nature of the oil.
- Dip your hands in warm water for a minute before pushing your cuticles. The warm water soften the cuticles, making them easier to push.
- Three-stroke-rule!! Many manicurists agree that the three stroke approach works the best. Simply brush the nail polish in a line up the centre of your nail – from the cuticle to the tip. Repeat this process then on either side of the line you have drawn.
What do the ‘Pros’ think?
Katie Ellis is the owner of Nails By Katie, based in Long Eaton – Derbyshire. Katie often uses Avon polishes, along with other brands, in the salon.
Katie’s professional top tips are:
- Massaging a good cuticle oil or cream /or hand cream into your nail bed and cuticles at least twice a day. It works better than any polish strengthener, whilst these do seem to work some can cause brittle nails so can cause snapping.
- A lot of people worry about damage from acrylics /gel polish. Where most of the damage comes from the incorrect removal of them, pulling them off or over soaking yourself. If you have them done professionally have them removed that way, with a manicure after, to replace lost oils and moisture.
- When painting toe nails it can take a long time for them to fully dry. If you feel they are touch dry but want to put socks/tights /shoes on and don’t want to ruin them ,a drop of cuticle oil once touch dry stops them being marked by footwear.
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