How to Apply Nail Paint

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Remove old polish from your nails. In order to produce a neat and even manicure, you must first remove any old polish from your nails. Acetone nail polish removers dry out your nail, and cuticle. If possible use a non-acetone nail polish remover over an acetone nail polish remover.

Place a cotton swab or ball over the opening of your nail polish remover. Make sure it is completely covering the opening of the bottle.

  1. Tip the bottle upside down and wait a few seconds for the cotton swab or ball to become saturated with the remover. Rub the saturated cotton swab or ball over your nails to remove the polish. Re-saturate your cotton swab or ball as needed.
  2. Trim, file, and smooth your nails. After removing your old nail polish, devote some time to clipping, shaping, and buffing your nails. Locate a nail clipper, emery board, and a gentle buffer.

Use the clippers to trim your nails, if needed.

Smooth the edges of your nails with an emery board nail file. File your nails into a round, square, or rounded-square shape.

Run over each nail with a slightly abrasive buffer to even out the surface of your nails.

  1. Soak your hands in warm water. Once your nails are clipped, shaped, and buffed, take a moment to relax and pamper yourself. Retrieve a basin and fill it with warm water and a squirt of your gentle facial cleanser. Use a gentle body scrub to exfoliate your hands before soaking them. Submerge your hands in the warm, soapy water to remove the body scrub. Soak your hands for three minutes. Remove your hands from the basin and dry them on a clean towel.

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After soaking your hands, your cuticles will be soft and easier to trim.

  1. Moisturize your cuticles and skin. After exfoliating your hands, it is important to rehydrate and moisturize your soft skin. Select a thick and luxurious hand cream or lotion. Massage this cream or lotion into your hands.
  2. Remove oil and grease from your nails. If left on your nails, the oils from your hand cream or lotion will shorten the life of your polish. You can remove these oils from your finger nails with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab or ball.

Place a cotton swab or ball over the opening of the rubbing alcohol bottle.

Tip the bottle upside down and wait a moment seconds for the cotton swab or ball to become saturated with the rubbing alcohol. Place the bottom of the bottle on a flat surface.

Swipe the rubbing alcohol saturated cotton swab or ball over your nails to remove the oil.

Repeat as needed.

  1. Apply a thin layer Vaseline around each nail before painting your nails. Before painting your nails, you can take measures to prevent the polish from drying outside the lines of your nails. You can achieve a perfectly neat a thin layer of vaseline around the edge of your nail. The oil from the Vaseline will serve as a barrier between your skin and the nail polish.
  2. Dab a cotton bud into a jar of Vaseline. If you don’t have Vaseline, you can use lotion.

Swipe the cotton bud around the edges of each nail—keep the cotton bud and Vaseline on your skin, do not let either touch your nail. Pick out your polish and get ready to paint your nails.

  1. Apply a thin coat of white school glue around each nail prior to polishing your nails. If you struggle to paint inside the lines of your nails, you can take steps to ensure a swift and neat clean-up. Apply a thin coat of white school glue around the edge of your nails to create neat, crisp polish line. The glue will protect your skin from the polish.

Dip a cotton bud or brush into a bottle of white school glue.

Use the cotton bud or brush to paint a thin, even layer of white school glue around the edge of each of your nails. Do your best to keep the glue off your nails.

Wait for the glue to dry before you polish your nails.

  1. Wait to clean up your nail polish line. As you continue to improve at painting your nails, you may have less errant nail polish to remove from your skin. Instead of applying a thin coat of Vaseline or white school glue, you may choose to clean up your nail polish lines with an old makeup brush after you’ve finished applying your polish and top coat. This method requires a steady, practiced hand and patience.

You may also use a clean cotton-bud dipped in nail polish remover.

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