I've been applying nail polish for decades! That's not a joke! So applying nail polish is like breathing for me! *laughs* Thanks to my wonderful readers for pulling my feet back on earth! There are indeed some readers who are not used to applying nail polish on both hands, how dare I force you to do nail art right? I'm sorry I haven't really thought about it and this time, I am dedicating this post for the readers who requested for tips on how to apply nail polish on your own! :)
First things first, you've forgiven me right? Pretty please? *BIG SMILE* :D
Okay, forgiven or not, let me proceed with my simplest Nail Polish Application Technique, after this post, I hope you get to learn something :) To those who are already experts..what are you doing here? :P Well, thanks for reading still and you can just enjoy my gorgeously "ugly" nails! :P
Step # 1
Make sure your polish is not dry and the consistency is just right. Lift the brush just like photo below...
And wipe one side of the brush against the bottle, leaving one side of the brush with nail polish.
Step # 2Brush the "wet side" of the brush through the center of your nail from base to the tip. Try not to touch the brush on the cuticle area, but if you did, do not panic, you can always clean it up after!
Step # 3Continue to pick up more polish using the same technique on Step # 1, do the same stroke on the other side.
Then the last part that wasn't covered with polish. At this point, your nails are covered with polish. You can try to clean off excess with a tool or just leave it as it is and clean it up later. You are done with the first coat.
Repeat the same steps when first coat gets dry!
Easy right? But how come you're doing the right steps above but still comes up with a not so smooth polish application? Or worst, bubbles showing up when polish gets dried? There are several tricks and tips I'll share with you!
- Before you start using the polish, do not shake the nail polish like you hate it! It will create bubbles, try to roll the polish between the palm of your hands to "warm" the polish instead for a smoother application.
- Always remove old polish prior to new polish application. Make sure there are no old polish residues at all! Especially on the cuticle area.
- Wash your hands prior to polish application, making sure your nails are free from lotions or creams.
- Aside from protecting your nails, using a Base Coat of your choice creates a smoother surface. Think of a face primer for the skin, base coat acts as a primer for your nails! *ahhh, that was a smart one right?* *LOL*
- Never apply polish in front of an electric fan, it helps you dry up your polish faster --- YES, that's true, and helps your polish appear bubbly too! If that's your thing, go ahead :P
- Each stroke should be done once, do not pile on polish while polish is still wet! It will create uneven coats!
- Apply second coat of polish ONLY when the first coat is dry!
- If you are not ambidextrous, just like myself, and found yourself having a hard time applying nail polish using your left hand, here's a huge tip I can share, hold the brush steadily with your left hand, then move your fingernails on the right hand instead! It's quicker that way! A photo below to show how I move my fingers instead of the brush!
- Last but not the least, there's a reason why the brush holder is made that way, it is for you to use it wisely! Hold your nail polish brush the way I did on photo below for a steadier application. It makes a whole lot of difference...trust me on that! :)
You hold the nail polish brush cap with both your thumb and forefinger, the forefinger prevents the brush handle from moving around while the thumb is used to control the movement of the brush. Yes, there is a choreography in nail polish application! *winks*
I'm sure the tips above are old and a lot of you probably knew about it since first grade! *laughs* It's nice to be reminded at times and it's nice to feel like a teacher all over again! :)
I hope these simple, yet effective tips help the nail polish enthusiasts and soon-to-be addicts out there!
Have a lovely day!