How To Apply Nail Polish?

Applying nail polish in the first go can be a tricky venture for amateurs. It is a sort of art that needs mastering through trials and errors. Every girl feels wonderful to show off that smooth coated layer of lacquer and perfectly done nails. Professional application of nail polish from expensive salons might seem hopeless and doing it yourself might be clumsy and frustrating. In such a scenario, one should take tips from the umpteen sources online to be able to pamper them self with perfectly polished nails while going easy on the pocket.

How To Apply Nail Polish?


There are many self help guides on how to apply gel nail polish but the simplest one has been provided below:

1. Start With Removing Old Layers Of Polish:

Before starting the elaborate process of perfect polishing; remove any remains of the earlier coat of polish. Choose a non acetone nail polish remover for this as it is less damaging and helps retain the natural sheen of your nails. Acetone based formulas of removers have been highly criticized worldwide due to their inverse health effects.

2. Trim Those Perfect Curves:

Use a nail cutter to trim your nails to provide the needful length and create the desired shape. Perfect your preferred shape such as round, oval or square by filing your nails. Use an effective nail filer and smooth out any rough edges. Also make sure to file your nails in a single direction and non uniformity can lead to uneven edges which might result in breaking of the nails.

A tip to remember is, do not go harsh while filing as this will weaken them.

3. Buffing:

To provide a polished look, one needs to buffer their nails effectively. A four way buffer is apt for this with different sides ranging in coarseness. Begin with the most course side and buffer until proper shape is achieved. The next course side gives smoothness. The ultra fine side evens the ridges while the finest side provides a glossy sheen. Always remember, that over buffing tends to weaken or split the nails by creating friction.

4. Cuticle Care:

Cuticles are the supporting skin around the nails. These are highly delicate pats and need to be approached with utmost care. Cutting cuticles provides a defined look to your nails and enhances the appearance. Professionals are trained in removing or trimming cuticles, but it is not the job of amateurs. Unless you have proper knowledge, do not attempt to trim thereby risking damage to the cuticles. However, moisturizing them is a good idea and one can put some oil or lotion to smoothen dry cuticles.

5. Cleaning Your Nails:

As seen in salons, any traces of moisture al the cutting trimming and filing creates a layer of dust or chemicals that needs to be removed. With the help of mild soap, one can clean their hands by either washing hands or soaking them in a bowl. Dry your hands completely before proceeding as water droplets causes patchy application of nail polish.

6. Selecting Nail Polish:

This task is very significant as it will reflect on your nails and define your appearance for a week or so. Choosing a good quality nail polish is very important as the cheap variety tends to have chemicals that are damaging and dull your nails easily. Investing in a branded nail polish might seem futile, but the result will always be of high quality and the manicure will last longer.

Some of the top brands include Wet and Wild Megalast, M.A.C Studio, Orly, OPI, Essie which do not dry up quickly. A useful tip while purchasing nail lacquer is to check the ingredients for chemicals such as formaldehyde and toluene which are a strict no for long term or repeated usage. These chemicals have been proved to be hazardous when used too often.

7. Start The Application Of Polish:

After prepping nails and selecting nail polish, one can start the process by applying the base coat. This is a transparent colored nail polish which provides a protective layer, prevents staining and renders easy removal of the polish. Let the coat dry completely before proceeding.

8. Apply First Coat Of Colored Nail Polish:

Always apply a thin coat of the colored nail polish instead of a thick layer. Most effective nail polish application requires only three strokes, first in the middle, second on the right side and third on the left side. Let this dry for about a minute or two.

10. Apply Second Layer Of The Colored Nail Polish:

Repeat the instructions from the earlier step until you achieve the desired opacity of the color. Do not touch to check whether dry, and leave for around two minutes.

11. Top Coat Application:

No nail color application is complete without the top layer which is a transparent nail polish put after you apply nail polish. This provides a protection against early fading and provides a dazzling shine to your manicure. Ensure the previous color has dried before doing this and leave to dry. A very helpful tip is to soak nails in iced water (not bowl of ice) to speed up the process of drying.

12. Provide Neatness

One can achieve a clean appearance of the nail color by removing any extra colors on the fingers with the help of a cotton swab dipped in polish remover. This step should only be undertaken after the completion of putting nail color. One needs to be very precise in this process as you don’t want to accidentally touch the nails with the swab. This is why top layer is recommended as it protects from accidental removal while cleaning the polish.

13. Maintaining Nail Colors And Tool Kit

Try storing the nail tool kit together in a pouch or bag to make it accessible at time of need. Storing the bottles in refrigerator increases the life span of the nail polishes and also prevents clumping. Shaking the bottle is a common mistake that creates air bubbles in your polish. A useful recommendation is staying away from quick dry nail polish due to the chemical content. Thinners can be used to enhance the shelf life of the nail colors.