As is correctly said ‘A perfect story is the one which has a perfect ending’, the same theory applies for the application of nail paints also.
- Always apply nail paint to your working hand first, that is to begin polishing your right hand using your left hand first. This gives better results as your hand will shake less.
- Always use a table to rest your hand while painting it. I use my folding laptop table and the results are definitely better than when don’t use them. I swear; Pinky promise!
- Move your fingernails rather than the brush while painting, esp. while painting with your non working hand (left hand generally). It’s quicker this way. It majorly helps stabilizing your hands while applying nail paint so that the shaking of hands can be avoided. The hand applying nail paint is set well this way.
- Never ever apply polish with fans on or in a breezy place. Your nail paint will dry out faster (partially on the brush itself) and turn goopy in consistency leaving ugly bumpy patches on nails.
- Always ‘Wrap your nails’ or ‘Seal your nails’ with polish. What I mean is that in no case forget to cover the ends of your nails. They are most susceptible to wear & tear; your polish starts receding from here. It’s very important to properly cover the edges and tips of your nails. For this put your nail paint brush at 90 degree to the tips and give them a brushing. Also, tips are exposed to breaking, cracking and chipping, a little polish guarding these ends will prevent this. Do not ignore this little tip beauties.
- Pastel shades or matt finish shades are the ones most difficult to apply. They highlight every patch and every flaw. But pastel shades are in this season so don’t avoid them, just pay more attention while using one. The rest will fall in place with practice.
- Shiny shades or glossy shades hide the minor flaws and patches due to their shimmer and texture. So they are easy to work with. If you are not very sure, go for glossy shades to begin with. Just try clicking a picture of a glossy paint and a pastel paint on your nail and you will know what I am talking about.
- Now, if you have used a pastel shade and you messed up with perfection, or you did a nail art which doesn’t have very sharp finishing; do not worry. Here is the thing, instead of using a transparent top coat use a glittery top coat. The ones which are transparent but have silver shimmer particles floating in it. I use Maybelline silver glittery nail paint for the damage control. The tiny sparkles take away ones attention from the patches and misses solving the purpose :P. It also adds ‘bling’ factor to your nails giving them a jeweled look. (What do you think of my nail art ‘Chevron is On’? A confession : It was a disaster but the glittery top coat saved my life)
- ‘Dark Polishes’ are to be dealt with great care especially if they are pastel. But in case of any damage to finishing of your polish use the method explained above and you are saved from the embarrassment.
- Be careful while applying nail paint but do not panic or try to correct the nail paint if a little one seeps down the boundary of your nails. Just run the sharp side of toothpick on the borders of your nails and the little one will be taken care of.
- Now, the little one isn’t ‘as little’ but a bit more; still do not panic or rush to a cotton and nail polish remover to correct it. Wait a bit for a polish to dry. Take a cotton bud (orange stick/tooth pick tightly wrapped with little cotton on top will also do), dip it in nail polish remover and run it through the corners of your nails and you are good. If you attempt using a cotton ball instead, I bet you will end up spoiling your fresh nail paint since the remover soaked cotton will keep touching the fingernails holding them along with the nails around which you are cleaning. I have been a victim for endless number of times till I discovered this 😛
- Another alternative is to dip your hand in some soapy water for few minutes and then gently rub your fingers with an old cloth or bath sponge. But too much exposure to water goes against the longevity of nail polish so I try to avoid this if I have option.
- If you are in hurry and want to dry your wet paint, dip your hands in cold water. Personally, I prefer drying it the natural way, but this method comes handy for rescue at times. Alternatively, you could put your hands near to the fan to use the air to dry or you could also use hair dryer to dry them up. (This will dry up your hands also, so moisturize them after the drying operation 🙂 ).
- Most importantly, take your time and be careful. Never apply nail paint in hurry. If you are falling short of time do not paint at all. I have messed up here a lot of times and then I end up blaming myself every time I see those nails with patchy and lumpy nail paint.
I sincerely hope that this article should bring about some change to the finishing aspect of nail paint application :D. Please share your feedback and comments on the articles. Let me know if you want to know more.
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