This story now
IN Lifestyle ON 16 Jul, 2016
If you're into painting your nails and having fancy nail art, you would understand the agony of ruining them. Although, the hack to a perfect nail art isn't very tough but many girls don't know the tricks behind achieving it.
You need to avoid certain mistakes so that your manicure doesn't end up in a complete disaster. Here is something you can keep in mind.
Dirt, oil and old nail polish can ruin your nails. Make sure you clean your nails completely and remove any previous nail polish before starting a fresh manicure.
Your nails undergo a lot of filling and drying. Just soaking them for a few minutes in warm water before applying a fresh nail paint can make your manicure look better.
Usually, women skip this little detail and damage their nails. Filling your nails in back and forth motion can cause damage. You should rather stick to one direction.
We tend to shake the bottle to even out the nail polish but that's a strict no-no. Shaking creates bubbles inside the bottle so instead, you could roll the bottle back and forth between your palms.
You will just need a toothpaste, brush and some moisturizer afterwards.
Application of the base coat is very important for the life of your manicure. The natural oils from your nails tend to adhere to the base coat and don't come up till the nail polish making it last longer.
Don't try to get the nail polish all over your nail in one stroke. Even it out. Try to use 3 strokes, one in the middle and then one on each side for an even application of your nail polish.
The thicker the layer, the more time it will take to dry. Make sure you apply thin coats and only use a second coat once the first one is completely dry.
The tips of our nails get chipped easily while using keyboards or mobile phones. It wouldn't hurt to use a horizontal stroke on the tip of your nail after applying your nail polish so as to prevent or delay any chipping of the nail polish.
Q-tips are made from cotton and they can easily stick to the wet nail polish and make it messy. Instead, use an old makeup brush dipped in some nail polish remover for a cleaner deal.
Yes, the top coat is pretty essential just like your base coat. It helps to give shine to the manicure and makes it last longer.
Hot water is the last thing you want to get in contact after applying nail polish. It softens the polish and ruins your manicure. You should at least avoid coming in contact with hot water for about 6 hours after applying the nail polish.
That's a strict no-no again. The nail polish may seem dry but it takes nearly 24 hours to set properly. If you're in a hurry to go to bed, dip your nails in extra cold water for about 3 minutes before going to bed.
To access this content, confirm your age by signing up.