(Closed) How to paint your nails -beginner help?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AussieSummer:  I use Nailtiques and put a coat on every day. It’s a clear polish with nail protein in it to help strengthen your nails.

Also, a good way to start taking care of your nails is to go and get a good professional manicure. They will clean up your cuticles and file the rough edges off of your nails.

Usually professional manicures have a base coat, 2 color coats, and a top coat (usually a quick dry clear polish).

Post # 4
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

A ridge filling base coat is essential, OPI and Seche make good ones. If you plan on trimming you nails at all beforehand you should probably stick with a nail trimmer instead of leaving all the work up to a nail file because a nail file can lead to splitting of the nail. 

Post # 5
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

here’s what works for me:

-I use Nail Tek every day (that I don’t have polish on). I also use Nailtiques cuticle oil every night (it’s on my nightstand, so when I’m lying in bed I apply  to each cuticle and then massage in).

-For painting my nails, here’s the steps I do:

  • file my nails. I use a crystl nail file I got at Sephora. When it gets dull, I just wash it. I’ve had this sucker for several years and it’s still great. I file towards the center.
  • After filing, I put a bit of nail polish remover on a cotton pad and swipe it over each nail (to get rid of any stuff on there)
  • Sometimes I apply Nail Tek first. If I don’t, I go straight to base coat (I have Sally beauty Supply brand and it works awesome). Wait a few minutes for it to dry
  • Apply 2-3 THIN coats of polish. i do one stripe in the center, and then one on each side. I don’t shake my bottle of poilsh, but instead roll it between my two hands. I wipe one side of my nail polish brush at i pull it out so there’s not a ton of polish. I wait several minutes between coats. I usually do my nails while doing stuff on my computer or watching tv.
  • when I’m done w/ polish, I apply a top coat (either Seche Vite or Sally Hansen Hard As Nails. Seche dries a lot faster, but I find the Sally Hansen lasts longer. If I use the Sally and I’m in a rush, I have thse drops from Sally Beauty that help polish dry)
  • Every other day I reapply top coat.
  • If I get polish on my cuticles or anywhere that’s not nail, it usually peels off in the shower or bath. If I’m really concerned, I put a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton swab (and dab any excess off) and then clean up any polish mistakes.

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