I am going to share with you what most people never stop to think about. Have you ever noticed that when you go to a nail salon your nail polish is well, perfect? The first thing you will notice is that your nails have a very smooth finish and they are so shiny that even the sun needs shades. Also, when the nail technicians apply nail polish, it doesn’t seem to chip or slide off. Well, I have always been a big fan of doing things myself. I am going to tell you how you too, can have smooth, shiny nails.
Nail Polish Tips
1. Discover the nail buffer I first found out about this nail tool when shopping at a mall. I bought the whole nail set, which costs $25. Now, you can go to any retail store and buy the buffer by itself for only $3. They are becoming more popular but there are still a lot of people who don’t know how necessary they are. The buffer is a square nail file and is usually white or black. Each side of the buffer has a different level of coarseness. Use the fine sides for fingernails and the course sides for toenails. The nail buffer is a wonderful replacement for those triangular, electronic buffers they use in the salons.
To use, remove any nail polish from your hands and feet. Take your nail buffer and run it back and forth over each nail. Take your time on each nail. This will even out your nails and leave them feeling unbelievably smooth.
2. Nail polish news Now that we have a smooth surface, we can paint! Choose a color of nail polish to paint your toes with. Most people do not take enough nail polish out of the tube at one time. You should only have to dip into the bottle 2-3 times to cover each nail. The reason for this is because if you do not use enough, you will have to keep going back for more nail polish. Applying more strokes of nail polish to one fingernail means more streaks and unevenness.
The fewer strokes you have to use, the smoother your nails will be. You should use just enough nail polish to catch a generous drop at the end of your brush. Put it on your nail and smooth it out. You will find that you will not have to go back and apply a second coat of nail polish. If you are in a rush and are going to leave the house, do not apply your coat as thickly. This is because if the nail polish is not fully dry, it will smudge.
3. Hang your nails out to dry In order to prevent chipping and to keep your nail polish from slipping away, your nail polish must be completely dry! This is why I may wait up until an hour to apply a clear coat of nail polish. If you can’t wait an hour, you can skip this step if you are doing your toes. The advice I have already given you will make your nails shiny. Let your nails dry, and then apply a clear coat. For extra coverage, purchase an anti-chipping nail polish, such as one by Sally Hansen.
4. Smudge-proof nails The final step to amazing nails is not too smudge them! People go through a lot of effort to paint their toenails and think they can go out immediately afterwards. In order for nails to remain super shiny and super smooth, the nail polish must dry completely. When it is dry, it will become a protective shell that is resistant to water, dust and pressure. This means that you should never do any of the following until your nails are dry:
. Take a shower after you paint your nails
· Allow your nails to touch or bang against anything
· Put sneakers on until several hours later. Flip-flops and sandals are okay to wear
How can you dry your nails faster? You can sprinkle your nails with drops of water. You can buy one of those nail-drying machines they sell in the stores. You can buy quick-drying nail polish. You can apply a thinner coat of nail polish. You can purchase Sally Hansen’s nail drying spray.
I get compliments on my nails all the time and people think I am spending all this money on going to the salon. Follow my advice, and you will notice a huge change in the way your nails look. Your hands and feet will pop because of the silky shine your nails give off. You will also get an added boost of confidence being able to tell people you did your nails yourself!