You already know that taking care of your hands and feet is extremely important, but do you also know that it doesn’t have to be costly? I cannot (and will not) run to a salon every time my nail chips; and more often than not, I apply and remove nail colors at home. You can easily paint your nails at home as well, you just have to go out and buy the nail polish you desire.
1. Three strokes are all you need. As you’re painting your nails, it’s best if you use three strokes to apply the polish. “First, you want to dip the brush into the bottle and get a decent-size bead of polish at the edge of your brush,” nail pro Simcha Whitehill says. “You want the polish to do the majority of the work and spread out as it’s placed on the nail — the brush is there to just guide the dot of polish into place. Starting at the base of your nail, stroke the brush to the left, to the right, and then down the center. Voila!
2. Repurpose your old lip brush to help tidy up the edges of your nail. We’ve all colored outside of the lines, but when you do it with nail polish, you want to be precise in your clean up technique. Whitehill suggests dipping an old lip brush into nail polish remover and swiping it around your nail bed to clean up the edges.
3. Stay away from quick-dry nail polish. It’s typically dehydrating and can dry out your nails.
4. Swipe on cuticle oil religiously. “An instant way to look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon is to use cuticle oil,” Whitehill says. “It instantly hydrates them. Then, apply it over your entire nail after you’ve painted your nails — if you accidentally hit them against something, the oil offers some slip, so they’re less likely to nick.”
5. Never shake your nail polish. “Instead, roll it back back and forth between your two hands, holding the polish vertically,” Whitehill notes. “This ensures there will be no air bubbles in the lacquer or on your nails as you paint it on.”
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