How To Avoid Common Nail Polish Mistakes Aug 31, 2017 by Cathy (Day Styles)

It doesn't take much to muck up your nails. You can tell a quick and lazy cheap nail job a mile away! Some common  mishaps include using expired nail polish or skimping on the top coat. Chances are we've all done it. Usually, we are in a rush to go somewhere and the last thing we notice is how crappy looking our nails are. So we try and quickly slather on the nail polish in a rush and we end up with a big gunky mess. Everybody makes mistakes. It's how we learn from them, right? Here are a few common errors when it comes to getting down and dirty with your nails that you'll want to avoid!

Skimping on the Basecoat

You need a proper basecoat to help ensure a flawless surface for your polish to shine. It also helps prevent nail staining and improves adhesion to your nail. I've learned the hard way that skipping the basecoat makes your nails icky and yellow over time. This is easy to avoid, so don't make the same msitake I did! Sure it makes the process a little longer but you do want perfection don't you?

Skimping on the Topcoat

If you want to skip the topcoat too, you are jeopardizing the polish's shine and longevity. You've taken the time to do a fantabulous job on your nails so don't blow it with the topcoat. And for an even longer color I will add to my topcoat every couple of days. Reapplying every couple days freshens up the color and protects your beautiful nails. Think of your topcoat as a sealant to prevent rusting,a nd rusty nails just chip and break. So always topcoat and don't forget it for amazing looking nails.

Applying Just One Stroke

It's next to impossible to get enough coverage with just one stroke. Expert manicurists recommend 3-4 strokes to get the best coverage. One down the middle, and then another down each side, with one final swoop if you've missed anywhere. Find a way to apply your nail color and just fine-tune as you go. You'll be a pro in no time!

The More is Better Mentality

More may be better for some things, but it isn't when it comes to the thickness of the nail polish. The more polish you slather on, the longer it takes to dry. So this increases the odds of having to deal with smudge issues. As well the thicker coats of polish are more likely to get away on you and run making a massive mess. Thin layers are best because they dry faster and cleaner.

Stay Clear of the Cuticles

It's important to push back your cuticles to keep them nice and healthy. And it's also critical you keep the polish away from your cuticles and skin. That just looks nasty! It takes a little practice, but you need to take your time doing your nails. You are better off staying a touch farther away than making contact. And if you do happen to get a touch on your skin a Q-Tip works great dipped in a little nail polish remover to get it off.

Don't Use Old Nail Polish

It's easy to get attached to a bottle of perfect nail color. What's important is that when the polish starts separating and gets thick and gooey you've got to throw it out. We've all used old polish and wound up with a thick, icky mess. Experts say nail polish won't last 12 months. I say six months max before you toss it. The choice is yours. Add to that making sure you don't leave your polish in the car where it may experience extreme temperatures. Room temperature is right where you want it.

Bathing or Showering

Experts from Daily Makeover point out never enter a hot shower or bath anytime soon after painting your nails. It's a no-brainer the heat will soften the polish enough to smudge or blister your nails. Wait a minimum of one solid hour after you've finished your last nail. Better yet, just stay away from hot water until the next day.

Starting With Greasy Nails

Nail polish won't stick to grease, just like oil and water. Any oil on the nail surface is a problem. So if you use cuticle oil or rub coconut oil on your nails for better health, make sure you wipe it off. Nail polish remover will do the trick.

Not Waiting for the Polish to Dry

It's important for you to note that even though your polish "looks" like it's fully dry 15-20 minutes after coating them, the truth is you need 24 hours for good polish to set fully. Makes sense as to why you notice frustrating nicks in your nails when you get to work when you could have sworn your polish was dry. One trick to help is to use quick-dry nail polish. It will set faster than traditional long-dry polish. And you can also gently run you nails under cold water for about 5 minutes after you're finished painting. Cooling the nail paint will speed up the drying process for you.

The Right Nail Polish Remover

Try not to use a nail polish remover high in acetone. All this does is it dehydrates the nail and causes damage to the cuticle and nail. Triggering brittle nails, breakage, and white spots. Instead, look for a remover that is non-acetone, this will make your nails smile.

Use these ten simple but useful tips to help you create perfectly beautiful nails every time. When your nails are done right, you look classy, sassy, and beautiful. It's a subtle way to dress up your look, and a sexy way to dress up a dressed-down look. Not to mention the mental influence it has on you, transforming your beauty from the inside out. It's worth taking the time to make sure you set yourself up for success when painting your nails. You've the info to do it; now it's up to you to take action.

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