There is nothing like a professional manicure. When you try to do it at home it just never seems to come out quite right. There are some secrets to how the professionals do it. Find out how below:
1. Roll, Don’t Shake
So how often do you shake your chosen bottle before you apply. This is a NO NO! Shaking the bottle creates bubbles of oxygen, creating lumps in the polish. For a more smooth product, roll the bottle between your palms while holding it upside down.
2. Technique is Key
Thin, even layers is the trick. If you start with a stroke down the center, then add 2 additional strokes one either side you are likely to get an even effect. It’s also important to run the brush across the tip of the nail, for a long lasting manicure. It keeps the chipping possibilities to a minimum.
3. Two is the Magic Number
You can never go wrong with 2 coats. It’s just the perfect number. 1 coat is likely too thin, and 3 is going to be to thick and make your drying time ridiculous. The key is thin, lump free layers.
4. Avoid Certain Ingredients
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camaphor are the ingredients you need to be on the look out for. Not only are they harmful to your health, they damage your nails.
5. In a Pinch, Go Metallic
If you’re in a rush, try a single coat of your best metallic polish. These colors go on opaque with one layer and look great with just about every look. This will give you a quick drying time while adding a pop of color to your hands.
6. Skip the Soak
Nail soaks aren’t as great as you might think. The excessive soaking gives you a porous nail. When your nails are porous, polish doesn’t adhere as well to them. Quick tip plan your mani in enough time to dry and then shower, because this can be a hinderance as well.
7. Round Nails Are Strong Nails
Do your nails break often? It may have something to do wit your nail shape. Short with rounded edges, is your best option. These nails have the greatest absorption power against impact, making them quite strong.
8. Treat With Your Base Coat
Use a base coat with strengthening benefits. These beneficial ingredients will be absorbed into the nail bed while protecting it from the other coats to come.