I've had nail polish on toes and fingers for as long as I remember! I think I started experimenting when I was graduating from high school and since it was okay to wear polish in college, that's when I experimented on different colors!
And to answer your question, I had trouble applying polish on my right hand as my left hand tends to be wobbly! I even had to save up on French Tip stickers just because I can't draw a straight line! If I may repeat myself: "Yes, Practice makes
When friends see my nails, the first thing they would tell me is how they love to put on polish but it never lasted on them! The maximum I heard was 3 days and no one believed me when I told them mine can last a week or more! And mind you, I'm not the li'l princess you think I am, I wash dishes and do household chores!
So today's feature on Readers' Corner, I'm creating a quick, simple tutorial on how to make your polish last! Not exactly a week but at least a bit longer!
Here are the 3 basic nail products you need ---
Base Coat, Top Coat and Fast Dry
If you're on a budget, it's just base coat and top coat! That's enough!
L-R The Face Shop Top Coat, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
and Zoya Anchor Basecoat
Some important things to remember:
- Do not wash your hands 10 minutes before you apply polish. Why? The water from your nails will evaporate thus forming bubbles.
- Do not apply hand lotion, facial creams prior to nail polish application, the oils from those products may stick to your nails.
- Do not shake your polish hard, try to roll them between your hands.
- Apply polish in a cool, dry place.
- Never apply polish in front of a fan.
- Apply with a thin coat first and wait for the first layer to dry before you apply the second coat.
- Once the consistency of your polish is dry and thick, throw them out instead of trying to save them from death! *laughs*
You can wipe your nails with a clean cloth making sure they're dry and clean. Apply a coat of your choice of base coat.
Do not forget to "wrap" even the edge of your nails!
This is called the wrapping technique.
Pick a polish of choice. Once the base coat is dry, apply a thin layer of your preferred polish starting from the center working left and right.
Again, wrapping technique should also be done!
Continue step 2 once the first coat is dry.
Once your preferred polish shade is completely dry, apply a coat of your favorite top coat. I've been a loyal user of The Face Shop top coat. So far this works for me!
Once top coat is dry, this step is optional, I picked my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat and apply it all over the nails! After several usage, I agree that it is indeed the best quick drying top coat to date!
If done all the steps properly and with loads of practice, you may enjoy your lovely polish for a week or even 2!
If you managed to try these steps, feel free to comment and let me know how it went! :)
Any other Long lasting nail polish tips?
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