It may seem the most simple of things; putting some glitter on your cuticles. But there are pitfalls and traps you should avoid. Here are some of the main mistakes you should avoid!
The basecoat. Yes. It is necessary! Manypeople think a basecoat is unnecessary or prefer to use one product for both the base and topcoat. No! You will gain two extra days of wear for your nail polish. Why? Your natural nail has oils in it that prevent nail polish from adhering too well. You need to seal out the oils first with a basecoat before you apply a colour. Perhaps instead use two topcoat layers? Again no. A topcoat as a basecoat doesn’t work because it’s thicker, it takes longer to dry, and it doesn’t have the properties that a basecoat does to properly lock out the oils in your natural nails.
The cuticles. Don’t cut them. They can get infected and when they grow back they are never as good as they were. Your hands need cuticles so leave them be!
The tools. By tools we meanclippers, files, buffers, and orange sticks or whatever else you use. You should wash them regularly in soap and water (and once a month in a solution of bleach and water) this will prevent contamination. And don’t keep them in a sealed bag, which just encourages germs to take hold.
Q-Tips. They seem so handy for cleaning up your mistakes. But resist the temptation. The fibre on a Q-Tip can get caught in your polish and disrupt your manicure. Better to use an old make-up brush for touch-ups. If you get a little paint on the skin around your nail, just dip a flat makeup brush into nail-polish remover and clean up the smudge immediately while the paint is still wet so it’s easier to remove.
No overpainting. Just as in “proper” painting of walls, skirting boards and the like you should avoid putting too much on. With a manicure you it’s the quickest way to get smudges tears bubbles and nicks in your handiwork since it takes so much longer for the paint to dry if you put loads on. It’s far better to use two or three thin coats.
Shaking your nail-polish bottle. Again, no. Why do you see so many people do it? It traps the air inside, which creates tiny air pockets in the polish when applying it on your nails. Similarly don’t whack the brush in and out of the bottle- again you’ll create irritating little bubbles that will plague you when brushing on.
Humidity? If you are going to paint your nails in a hot/humid area be extra careful because the humidity will stop the polish from drying properly. So either wait until the evening when it should be less humid, or paint a very thin coat.
Quick-dry nail polish. Best not to use these products. They dry quicker for sure but will also make your natural nails dry out faster. You shouldn’t use any product with acetone in it besides nail-polish remover, because it is likely to cause your nails to chip, peel, flake, and break.Not good!
Finally two quick no-no’s-those quick dry ultra violet lights? Avoid. Just as they can cause damage to the rest of your body they can age your hands as well. And we finish with an obvious one- avoid hot water- it will make your nail polish last for less time. Get someone else to do the dishes!