5 Tips for Applying Nail Polish

11 April, 2013

Find out how you can keep your nails looking their absolute best without heading to the salon for costly false nails.

1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Before applying new polish to your fingernails, you’ll want to remove the old one. Instead of using a harsh acetone solution, look for non-acetone nail polish removers. This will keep your nails healthy and shiny. To remove polish without causing damage, be sure to rub polish away with a cotton pad that won’t scratch the surface of the nail.

2. Use Press-Ons

While acrylic nails can be damaging, acetate press-ons don’t cause any harm to your nails. If you have a damaged nail, just apply a quick press-on to cover up the damage and prevent nail polish from seeping under the crack in the nail, which can cause irritation.

3. Always Use a Base Coat

To keep your nails from turning an unhealthy yellow shade, apply a base coast before your coloured nail polish. Start at the white half-moon above the cuticle and apply in an upward motion. Let the base coat dry for 4 to 5 minutes before attempting to apply colour.

4. Apply Two Coats of Polish

For a professional, salon-quality finish, be sure to apply two coats of polish, Remember to allow each coat to dry before applying the next one. This will help you avoid messing up your manicure.

5. Let Your Nails Dry

While sitting around doing nothing can be boring, it’s also the only way to make sure you don’t smudge your polish after applying it. Plus, it might be a good excuse to get some much needed down time.


by Reader's Digest Magazine