My daughter loves to do manicures and in the spirit of generosity I am turning over today’s post to her and her nail polish passion. Enjoy!
Step 1: Start with clean, nail polish-free nails
Step 2: Some people don’t like using a base coat, but personally, I think base coats really give your nail polish a smooth finish. My personal favorite is the Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, but Essie’s First Base Base Coat seems to be a good alternative if you can’t find the Ridge Filling one. Now, apply your base coat to all of your nails.
Step 3: Pick any color you want! Here I used Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Take the brush and completely wipe off one side of the brush onto the neck of the bottle. Take the other side of the brush and wipe off about half of the polish onto the neck of the bottle. This will give you the perfect amount of nail polish for your nails. If however, your nails happen to be larger, or very long, I would recommend only wiping off about ¼ to 1/3 of the nail polish.
Step 4: The next step is to paint your nails. Here we are using the “Three Stroke” method. Once you have done one hand, let it dry.
Step 5: Once your first hand is dry, apply the next coat. Doing one thick coat is never the way to go. A thick coat takes longer to dry, and it is more likely to get smudges later on. Two thin coats on the other hand, gives you a nice, smooth color, and it is less prone to getting smudges later on.
Step 6: Let your nails dry. A trick to figuring out when the polish is dry is to wait about 8-10 minutes after you put on a thin coat, and lightly touch the top of the first nail you painted. If your finger doesn’t stick, and can also glide smoothly across it without smudging it at all (remember, don’t put on a lot of pressure), start checking the rest of your nails. If they all pass the test, your nails should be ready for another coat.
Step 7: Once your nails are dry, apply the top coat. My favorite top coat is Essie Good To Go Topcoat, but I have also read great things about Seche Vite Top Coat. Use the same method for top coat as you did the polish. Repeat on other hand.
- When painting with your non-dominant hand, try and move the hand being painted instead of moving the brush.
- Try to keep the elbow of your non-dominant hand on a hard surface.
- For any overpainting on sides or cuticles use a q-tip or lip liner brush dipped in nail polish remover to carefully clean up edges.