Nowadays your manicured and pedicured nails are an important accessory. 

Perfectly painted nails can express your mood or match your outfit. Whether you go for a bright red, glitter or a nearly nude polish, different shades can pose different kinds of problems.  

For a perfect paint job every time, check out these do-it-yourself manicure secrets.

Painted Nails

• Make sheer polish streak proof by waiting until the first coat is totally dry before applying the second coat.   

• Apply an opaque base coat in a neutral beige-pink that is close to your own natural nail colour. 

• Keep dark colours from staining your nails by always applying a base coat prior to polish application. 

• Always apply a base coat prior to glitter polish application as the glitter sticks to the first coat of polish and not your nails making it easier to remove when you need to.

• Stop air bubbles by starting with oil-free nails. Apply an oil-free cleanser and clean carefully around your cuticles with a nail brush or old toothbrush.  

• Always apply a top coat of your polish to help prevent colour chipping. 

 Always gently shake your polish bottles gently or roll them between your palms to thin the polish before your apply it. 

• Thick nail polish will not paint on smoothly so add a few drops of polish solvent (not polish remover as this will change the colour) to your polish and shake well prior to application.  

• Smooth wet smudges down with a fingertip dobbed in remover and gently pat the smudge until smooth, then apply another coat of colour over the area and that should paint on smooth eliminating the smudge. 

• Chipped your polish after it’s dry and don’t have time to repaint? Try putting a little polish remover on your fingertip and run your fingertip around the chip.  This will help soften the polish around the chip.  Put a drop of polish directly on the chip; allow the drop to dry, then polish over the entire nail. The chip should now be invisible. 

• Acetone-free nail polish remover isn’t just for acrylic nails.  It is excellent for natural nails as it won’t dehydrate your nails causing peeling and breakages.

Did you know 

Natural nails also benefit from weekly exfoliation with the same scrub you use on your hands, to smooth the surface and encourage regeneration of new cells. Pay particular attention to the base of the nail, (around the cuticle) where dead cells often accumulate.

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