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Expressing your personal style can be as simple and enjoyable as painting your nails. This activity has become a cherished Sunday night ritual for countless women around the globe, particularly for those hard working individuals who wish to make a bold statement each week with their freshly painted nails. If you’re looking to avoid the expense of gel or acrylic nails, nail polish is a fantastic alternative. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to master the art of nail painting in just five easy steps!
Before you embark on your nail painting journey, ensure you have gathered all the essential tools, including:
A cuticle pusher to prep your nail bed
Start by removing any remnants of old nail polish using a non-acetone nail polish remover. A couple of cotton balls and a gentle application of pressure with your fingertips should suffice. Once your nails are pristine and ready, employ a cuticle pusher to delicately push back your cuticles. This step ensures a cleaner and smoother canvas for your nail art.
Begin by applying a thin layer of clear base coat to your nails. The primary purpose of a base coat is to provide nourishment and protection to your nails, offering hydration and a protective layer before the application of color.
Proceed by adding two layers of your preferred nail polish shade. Be cautious not to overload the brush with polish as it may result in leakage and uneven distribution across your nail plate.
Note: It’s crucial to allow each layer to thoroughly dry before proceeding to the next. Ideally, a drying time of at least two minutes between each coat is recommended.
To complete your manicure, invest in a top-notch top coat – the choice of matte, shiny, or clear is entirely yours. This essential product will safeguard your nails from peeling and your manicure from chipping. If you’ve inadvertently strayed beyond the boundaries of your nail with the polish, employ a small brush drenched in nail polish remover to rectify the mistake. For swift corrections, a cotton swab soaked in remover can also be put to use.
Allow ample time for your nails to fully dry. This duration can range from ten to fifteen minutes, contingent on the thickness of your nail polish and its texture. If you possess a quick-dry nail spray, you can expedite this process. However, refrain from blowing on your nails to hasten the drying process, as this could potentially mar your meticulously crafted manicure.
Consider incorporating nail stickers, gemstones, and glitter accessories to elevate your manicure. However, only venture into this if you are confident in your application skills and wish to add an extra flair.
Invest in a clear nail polish that boasts a unique formula designed to hasten the drying process.
Did you know that common kitchen items like cooking spray can accelerate solvent absorption, thereby speeding up the drying process? Other household items like coconut, olive, or even baby oil can also yield similar results.
Interestingly, hairspray, typically used for hairstyling, can also expedite the drying of your nail polish. However, it’s crucial to remember that its effectiveness is confined to the top layer of polish, not the underlying layers. Ensure to apply it only 30 minutes after your manicure has fully dried.