- Go to the bathroom, first. This is not a joke. There is nothing worse than getting your nails lacquered just the way you want them, then having to go potty. Nails... ruined. Go potty, first.
- Never shake your bottles of polish to mix them. Always roll them in your hands. Air bubbles in nail polish is never a good thing.
- I always have a cotton swab wet with polish remover at the ready. No matter how good you are at applying polish, there are always things to clean up.
- Keep an orange stick close by. I find that it comes in very handy if I do manage to get polish on my cuticles... just dab that sharp tip into that wet cotton swab (oh and keep that tip sharp by sanding it on one of your emery boards) and use it like a pencil!
- I put a square of paper toweling down on my table or surface where I intend to apply my polish.
- When you are finished, use that wet cotton swab to make sure the bottle is free from any wet polish, then close the bottle TIGHTLY! A tightly closed bottle is not only safer, but it keeps the polish from thickening.
- A quick-dry top coat is an absolute necessity -- at least in my book. I only use Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. I get it through Amazon for about $3 a bottle. Keep this TIGHTLY closed or it will dry out in a matter of hours.
- I love OPI, China Glaze and Zoya polishes. Yes, they are wickedly expensive. I buy them at Amazon and sometimes Ebay. There have been discussions as to the authenticity of these polishes, but I have never encountered that and I now know my 'connections' well. It's up to you where you get your polishes, but it's great getting them for almost 70% off retail!
Starting with bare, clean nails, apply some cuticle remover. I use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, but any will do, just follow manufacturer's instructions. I use my orange stick to gently scrape that skin off of my nail by the cuticle, too. Apply some cuticle oil. I've even used Olive oil. I do this while I watch TV... it's a bit of a process. May as well be entertained. I use OPI's Avoplex Nail And Cuticle Replenishing Oil. This stuff is fantastic, but I warn you, it STINKS. I put this stuff on every other day. I am convinced that this is part of the reason my nails are now so HEALTHY looking. It can even be applied over lacquered nails.
Later the same day, (after the Avoplex has had a few hours to absorb), I begin the filing process. Not my favorite thing. Now this is how I do it: starting from the outer corner of your nail, file in one direction toward the center of the nail ( I shape mine to be 'squoval' which is part squared, part oval). This rounds out that hard square shape into a more rounded square. Now, onto the other side. Same thing. A few sweeps across in one direction; viola. Done. Now, repeat on the remaining nine!
Now onto the fun stuff! Let's polish!
|My secret to a great looking mani!|