Whether you are running low on money or if you like to do your own nails, this is a guide for you. I am by no means a nail expert, but you tend to pick up a thing or two over the years as a nail polish addict. That is why I am going to share with you some nail do’s and don’ts of nails. Hope you find it helpful!
DO: Two thin layers of polish
It is better to apply to thin layers of polish rather than one thick one. A thicker layer takes longer to dry and have a better change at peeling off. Two thin layers and allowing them to dry between each application will make the manicure last longer.
DON’T: File back and forth
When you file back and forth, you cause friction in the layers of the nail (not sure about the science of this, but well acquainted with the consequences). The friction can cause peeling on the edges of your nails, thus weakening them. Instead, file in one direction.
DO: Roll the nail polish bottle between your palms
You should this whenever you see that the polish has started to separate, which they tend to do over some time. Hold the bottle upside down between your palms and roll back and forth. This is much better than smacking the bottle against you palm, as this causes air bubbles and nobody want that.
DON’T: Buff more than you need to
When you buff your nails, you are essentially taking off layers of your nails. As a result of this, your nails get weaker and brittle. Personally, I prefer ridged nails to weaker nails. That does not mean that I do not buff at all. I do, whenever on of my nails peel at the edges. I buff the edge to smooth it down, so it is not caught up on other materials. Either way, do not buff more than you need to.
DO: Paint from the little finger and outwards
When painting your nails, it is best to start from the little finger and continue outwards as this lessens the risk of you bumping against and smudging your handy work.
DON’T: Do anything to your nails when they are wet
Your nails are at their weakest when they are wet. You might have felt how flexible they are, contrary to how they are when dry. Don’t file or cut them while wet, as this might lead to peeling nails.
DO: Apply polish to an oil-free base
Applying polish to a bare nail is always the best option for a long-lasting manicure. Any excess moisture or residue will prevent the polish to adhere to the nail properly. We are all tempted to lather our hand in hand lotion after removing polish from out nails, as the remover is quite drying on both nails and hands. I am by no means telling you to skip this step, as it can be quite hard to resist. What you do, on the other hand, is to take a q-tip with polish remover and wipe down your nails before applying your polish.
Here they are, my top do’s and don’ts of nails. I hope that you found it helpful and thank you for reading so far. If there are any questions, request or just a friendly ‘Hi’, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. I am not sure if you felt the desperation in my writing there, but it is quite dry on these parts.