How To Paint Your Nails For A Perfect Manicure Every Time

There’s nothing as satisfying as perfecting your own manicure and painting your nails beautifully every time you sit down with a bottle of polish.

But as wonderful as it sounds, it’s difficult to create manicure-like fingernails each time.

Whether it’s painting your dominant hand, dealing with messy polish, or painting uneven nails, there are several obstacles that get in the way.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with helpful tricks and hints to help you learn how to paint your nails and master the effortless and perfected manicure.

How To Paint Your Nails For A Perfect Manicure

1. Use cuticle oil.

While also making our cuticles healthy and growing properly, cuticle oil benefits the entirety of the nail by providing a solid foundation.

Nails that have been properly moisturized with cuticle oil are likely to become more flexible, which aids in the strengthening of both the nail and the nail bed (preventing brittle and dry nails).

2. Use hand cream.
While many think hand oil is purely for hand use, it’s also a crucial step in nail care management.

Applying hand cream to the nails on a daily basis can help retain moisture in the cells on the nail. By doing this, we’re able to keep the nail from cracking and weakening.

3. Try collagen.
More than the physical application of beauty products, there should be beauty products we ingest on a daily basis. One of these daily beauty supplements should be collagen.

Full of amino acids (which help aid in nail growth), it’s a pillar in creating healthy and strong nails, which eventually leads to the perfect manicure.

By consuming collagen, not only are you promoting length in your nails, but you’re boosting your immune system and avoiding weak nail beds and brittleness.

4. Gather your supplies.
Once you’re ready to start painting your nails, collect all the items you need.

These items include:

  • nail polish
  • base coat
  • clear top coat
  • fingernail clippers
  • cuticle pusher/trimmers/stick
  • a file
  • cotton swabs/rounds
  • nail polish remover

5. Choose quality polish.
Splurging a little extra to purchase quality nail polish is important. Not only will you avoid putting toxins on your body (look for formulas that are 3 to 5 free — the higher the number, the better it is for you), but you’re paying for long wear and colour payoff quality.

To help extend the life of your nail polish (when it’s over a couple of months old), add a drop of nail polish remover to the bottle to thin out the formula.

6. Consider trying easy-to-use polish.
There are some polishes on the market that are meant for those that need a little assistance when applying polish.

Spray-on polish: To create the ultimate, perfected manicure try a spray-on polish, like China Glaze’s nail spray. While the formula sticks to the nails, it washes right off of the nail beds and surrounding skin surfaces.

Press-on nails: With the many different perfected styles, cuts and trims of nails, it’s hard to master the desired “look” without the help of a manicurist. By using press-on nails, you’re creating the ultimate desired look without the hassle, time, and money commitment.

7. Prime and prep your nails.
First, take off any polish already on your nails, then move on to your cuticles. This is much easier to do if you soak your nails in warm water beforehand, then gently push back and trim any excess cuticles.

Second, trim and file your nails into the shape you desire: square, almond, round, coffin style, or any other shape you like. Then, add a primer.

The purpose of a primer is to help polish adhere to another surface, versus applying it directly to our nails. This evens out nail texture and prevents our nail’s natural oils from preventing the polish from sticking to the nail.

Just like we prime our face before foundation or our eyelids before adding eyeshadow, we should prime our nails before applying a rocking polish shade. To prime your nails, you can simply swipe a cotton pad of polish remover, rubbing alcohol, or even white vinegar over each nail.

8. Buff the nails.
Buffing your nails before you start painting is the only way you will get that salon-quality mani you yearn for.

Grab a nail buffer and use the fine grit side over the surface of the nails, slightly buffing them. Don’t take too long on this process because you don’t want to over-buff; this can lead to thinner nails.

9. Use a base coat.
Base coats should always be applied when painting your nails, especially if you are choosing a dark colour. A base coat stops the polish from staining your nails.

So, apply a base coat and let it dry before applying the nail polish of your choosing.

10. Apply the polish in layers.
While making sure your hand is on a flat surface, refrain from putting on a thick first coat of polish. This will make your nails seem bulky.

What you should do instead is use thin coats and apply them in layers, drying fully between each layer. Make sure each layer is a thin coat of polish.


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