Polish perfection takes time, and lots of practice! Especially learning to paint with your non dominant hand. I still make mistakes all the time so don't get discouraged. The good news is, most mistakes can be easily fixed with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
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Always prep your nails to get the most out of your manicure. If you're not familiar with nail prep, click here for a tutorial.
You will need:
Any nail polish colour of your choice.
I used China Glaze Boho Blues.
Top coat/base coat
There's different views on whether or not to shake your polish bottle. Some people say to roll it between your fingers to avoid bubbles. I shake my polish and I've never had any problems. Whether you shake or roll, mix your polish well before applying.
Start with clean dry nails. Apply the base coat and let dry. I use clear polish for the base and the top coat. The base coat stops the polish from staining your natural nail. For every coat (including base and top coat) paint the top edge of the nail. Your manicure will last longer and won't chip off as fast.
To get a smooth cuticle line, apply a little pressure so the brush fans out. Slowly push it up to the cuticle line, then back down the center. Then paint both sides of the nail and the top edge.
Be patient! Let the polish dry before moving on to the second coat. Paint your coats thin or it may never fully dry, and be prone to gouges and smudges.
Apply the second coat and let completely dry.
Now apply the top coat and you're done! If you're like me and hate waiting for your polish to dry, I suggest upgrading to gel polish. Check out my post here.