At-home manicures are definitely the way to go for any frugal beauty-lover. As fun as it is to have your hands massaged and your nail art perfected by a professional, you usually have to dole out a pretty penny to get that A-list treatment. So unless it’s a special occasion and you’re treatin’ yo self, it’s best to just do it at home!
However, that doesn’t make the task of perfecting your tips any easier. We all know the struggle of attempting to paint your dominant hand with your non-dominant, or smudging your polish seconds after you completed the perfect coat.
Essentially all of our mani issues can be boiled down to ten simple mistakes, and luckily, there is a way to fix each of them. Beauty blogger xoJahtna goes over these top ten mistakes and the simple ways to remedy them!
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1. Storing Your Polish
2. Direct Sunlight
Try to avoid storing your polish in direct sunlight, or even in a sunny room. Sunlight will alter the consistency of your polish negatively, so keep your bottles in a cool, dark area.
3. Filing Correctly
4. Don’t Shake It Out
You might commonly see people shaking their nail polish bottles to even out the consistency, but this is actually a bad practice. This shaking motion will cause air bubbles, which are bad for the polish. Instead, warm the bottle between your hands to get the smooth finish you crave.
5. Use Polish Thinner
6. Applying Top Coat
Top coat is essential to lock everything in and keep everything in tip top condition. But you can’t just apply top coat to the flat of your nail, make sure to get the tip of your nail to prevent obvious chipping.
7. Dab on Glitter
8. Always Close Up
Between coats, always close the bottle. If you don’t, you’ll allow the polish to dry out more quickly and shorten its shelf life.
9. Clean Up
10. Easy Trimmings
If you’re trimming your nails, and bits and piecing are flying all around, that’s probably because your nails were dry. To avoid this and get the best clippings possible, wet your nails and your nail clipper in water beforehand.