How to do a fabulous mani

24 11 2009

So, I’m a lurker on Long Hair Care Forum, particularly on topics pertaining to nail polish (surprise, surprise! Lol). I found tips to help us all with our manicure and painting nails. Hope this helps someone! (Tips from lhcf user, cuteness):

First, a little nail polish 101. You need to have a base coat, the nail color you’re going to use (of course) and a top coat. The purpose of a base coat is to give your nail color something to hold on to, it evens out your nail beds and helps prevent staining of your nails; a top coat is to seal the color is so it doesn’t chip as easily. Moving on…

  1. Get all your things together- base coat, nail color, top coat, oils, etc.
  2. Take off all your old polish.
  3. Soak nails in 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water for around 15 minutes. This will help remove yellowish stains from nails.
  4. Push cuticles back and use cuticle remover.
  5. Buff the top of your nails to remove ridges; this will also help get rid of stains on your nails.
  6. Shape your nails if needed (she recommends a glass file).
  7. Wash and dry hands.
  8. Swipe your nails with alcohol as this will remove oil from them. You can use one cotton ball with a little oil on all of your nails.
  9. Apply your base coat. There are many to choose from (cuteness uses Qtica Natural Nail Stimulator; I use Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails).
  10. Apply your color. The layers should be thin- putting them on too thick will cause the polish to chip or peel. Apply a second coat when the first is dry and so on. The number of coats you’ll need depends on the color and opacity. For instance, with my Essie color, I had to put on like 5 coats to make sure it was opaque. With my Insta-dries, I only had to use 2 coats.
  11. Put on your top coat. You can use a “regular” top coat (I do) or a quick drying one like Seche Vite. There are many to choose from.
  12. Clean your fingers. A lot of times you can clean them in the shower. You can also use a cotton swab or orange stick with polish remover on it to clean your fingers.

Extra tip: If you don’t want to change polishes every 2-3 days, apply a coat of clear polish every 2-3 days to help maintain your mani.

Happy Painting!

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