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Steps in Painting Your Nails

By on January 23, 2014

Painting our nails may not just be one of our favorite past time but also a way of how we express ourselves or maybe just simply wanted to match our outfit for a special occasion. We know it’s important for it to look neat and clean, so below are steps on getting our nails polished!

 1 Choose the color of your nail polish. Pick any color you want. Choose what matches your mood or your outfit of the day. Darker shades of nail polish tends to make your nails looks smaller so use this only when your nails are longer. Old nail polish are thick when applied so they are harder to put on, I suggest you not to choose the older nail polishes.

Just in case you really want to use the older nail polish, put some drops of acetone to it, close it’s lid and shake! You may also try using specialized nail polish thinners.

2 Choose a place where to paint your nails. Go in a neat, stable place on a well-lit room. It may be on the kitchen table or study desk. Don’t forget to place some paper towels below your hand to avoid getting the nail polish on it’s surface. The place must also be ventilated well since fumes of nail polish were not good for our health.

3 Get everything you need. Q-tips, cotton balls, nail file, nail clippers, cuticle stick, nail polish remover, clear nail polish and of course the nail polish of your choice.

4 Remove your old nail polish. Soak your cotton ball in the nail polish remover. Press it against your nail for about ten seconds and swipe it through the nail to take the nail polish off. For the nail polish trapped on the edges, use a q-tip that is soaked in nail polish remover.

You should always put some nail polish remover on your nails even if you didn’t have any nail polish on your nails. It is to remove any natural oils or dirt on your nails. This will help the nail polish go smoothly and make it last longer.

5 File or cut your nails. Trim some of your nails if they have uneven edges or if you think they are too long. Your nails should have the same length. Use a nail file to shape and smooth your nails’ edges. It’s up to you whether you want it to have a square finish or rounded.

From the outside to the center, rub the nail file on your nails. Do this separately on each nail. All stroke must go to the same direction. Don’t do any sawing motion because it may break or weaken your nails.

6 Push your cuticles back. The tiny pieces of skin at the bottom of each of your nail are your cuticles. Your nail polish may look messy if you don’t push them back before you apply your nail polish. It’s best to push them when they are soft. Soak them on a bowl that has warm water on it for about a minute or two. Dry your fingers and nails then using a cuticle stick, push the soft skin back to the side of your nails.

7 Rub the bottle of your nail polish on your hands. Do this for about 25-30 seconds. This will warm the nail polish and mix the contents inside. Roll the bottle instead of shaking it, it won’t produce bubbles and it will be smooth when you apply it on your nails.


Applying the Nail Polish


1 Apply a clear nail polish as a base coat. This will make your nails smooth just before you put the colored nail polish on it. This will also make it last longer. Make sure to dry it completely before continuing.

It’s fine to mess up with this since it has no color.

2 Press your hand against the table firmly. Do this with your fingers spread wide apart. Starting from your index finger up to your pinky. Lift your hand and place your thumb on the table to put some nail polish on the nail of your thumb.
3 Open the bottle of your colored nail polish and take the excess away from the brush. The key is to have the perfect amount of polish on the brush. To remove excess, wipe it on the bottle’s inner rim.

4 Put a drop of nail polish on the bottom of your nail. Place the brush of the nail polish at the bottom of the nail just above your cuticle on the middle. Let a drop of polish to fall on that spot and pool it to the bottom of your nail.

5 Do the three stripe rule. Dip your brush to the drop of polish and draw it upwards using a straight line through the center of your nail to the tip. Return it to bottom of your nail and follow it’s curve from the bottom to the left all the way to it’s tip which makes the second line. To draw the third line on the right, use the remaining nail polish.

The drop of polish must be enough to cover the whole nail to avoid dipping another on the nail polish bottle. Too much polish takes longer to get dry and most likely to smudge. In doing the outer stripes, it’s fine not to put polish all the way to the sides. You may leave a small gap between your finger and nail. It won’t be that noticeable and the nail polish won’t get to your hands.

6 Let the first coat dry completely before putting the second. It usually takes two coats or sometimes three layers in putting nail polish. It’s better to put thin layers than a thick one. It’s neater and has less possibility to smudge. Always make sure that it’s completely dry before putting another coat; usually takes 5-10 minutes depending on the nail polish.

Put the second exactly as how you did the first. Don’t be impatient in doing this since waiting for a couple of minutes may give a good result. It’s good to have a snack with you or something to watch while waiting your nails to dry to avoid boredom since it may took half or an hour in doing this.

7 Lastly, apply a clear nail polish. One the last coat of colored nail polish has dried, apply your clear nail polish. It will add extra shine and help avoid color from chipping. Apply this just how you applied the colored polish. it will give extra strength and support to your nails and avoid the color from wearing out.

8 Clean up your mess. When your nails are completely dry, clean your fingertips if there are any accidents happened earlier. Using a q-tip, dip it on your nail polish remover and go around the sides of each of your nail to remove any unwanted nail polish.

Make sure to do this carefully and slowly to avoid more accidents.