Anyone who says they’ve never struggled through an at-home manicure is lying. Let’s be real: painting with your not-so dominant hand is basically torture. There’s nothing more frustrating than going to bed with freshly painted nails and waking up to find your hard work smudged. And although we enjoy pampering ourselves at the salon, there’s nothing like doing the same in the comfort of your home. Here are DIY nail-polish hacks you can use to make your next attempt at pretty hands go a little more smoothly.
To avoid the accidental mishap of polish on cuticles of your nail, apply lotion or oil on your hands before polish. This will allow any excess polish to be removed easily from the lateral folds. It will give you a perfect, clean look after polishing.
Create a shield around your cuticle
Take a small amount of petroleum jelly and with a Q-tip, outline your nail along the cuticle. Now apply the nail polish, wait for it to dry, then clean it off with the same Q-tip. This will peel off any polish you may have gotten on your cuticles.
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Soak your nails in ice water
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Before getting on to paint your nails begin by filling a bowl with cold water or some ice cubes. Once you have your polish on, dip your fingertips into the bowl filled with ice cubes for 2 minutes and do so repeatedly without touching the nail polish. The cold will harden the paint and speed up the drying process.
If you don’t have a lot of time and need your nails quickly dried, use a blow-dryer on a high temperature and a high speed between coats. It dries really well and is smudge-free.
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Store bottles correctly
Store your nail polish bottles upright and shake the bottle before each use so your nail polish is as good as new. For a better usage next time, apply petroleum jelly on the tip of the nail polish so that it can be opened easily the next time you plan on applying your favourite nail shade.
Layer in for luminosity
Tired of your sheer colour going dull? Use a metallic/pearly light colour first. Next, layer your favourite sheer over it as a second coat. This makes the polish shine and not lose its lustre. This trick can be done with all colours. /to seal the deal, ensure that your last layer of nail polish is a clear gel to keep it in place and not let it get chapped.
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