Painting nails can be fun if you have the time and patience. It is very simple, especially when you prepare properly.
I will show you how to prepare yourself for a perfect nail painting.
1. Choose the right nail polish
Choose the colour that reflects your mood or matches your outfit for the day. Darker colours like purple, dark red and black makes your nails appear longer.
2. Choose a nail polish that isn’t too old – older nail polishes will become thick and gloopy and you’ll find them harder to paint your nails with. If you really want to use an old nail polish, you can add a couple of drops of acetone nail polish remover to the bottle and shake to combine.
3. Pick a good place to paint.
Go for a clean, stable surface in a well-lit and well ventilated room. Make sure to put some paper towel beneath your hand so you don’t get any polish on the surface.
4. Pick a place to paint. When choosing a place to paint your nails, go for a clean, stable surface in a well-lit room. A study desk or the kitchen table are good options, just make sure to put some paper towel beneath your hand so you don’t get any polish on the surface. The room should also be well ventilated, as fumes from nail polish and nail polish remover are not good for your health.
5. Take off any excess nail polish. Soak a cotton ball in some nail polish remover and hold it against the nail for ten seconds. Then swipe the cotton ball along the nail to remove the polish. Use a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to get rid of any polish trapped around the edges.It is recommended to use professional tissue instead of cotton balls as the tiny cotton pieces may get onto your nail if your nails have not dried.
6. Cut and/or file your nails. Use the nail clippers to trim your nails if they are too long or have any uneven edges. When filing your nails, rub the nail file from the outside of each nail to the center, doing each side of the nail separately. Each stroke should go in the same direction – you should never use a sawing motion when filing, as these may weaken and break the nails.
7. Push back your cuticles. Your cuticles are the little pieces of skin at the bottom of each nail. They can make your nail polish application look messy if they are not pushed back before you paint. Cuticles are easier to push back when they have been softened, so try soaking your nails in a small bowl of warm water for a minute or two first. Dry your hands and nails thoroughly, then use a cuticle stick to push the soft skin of each cuticle back to the edge of the nail.
8. Rub the bottle between your hands to warm the nail polish for about 25-30 seconds. This helps to mix up the contents of the bottle, stirring up any color that has settled on the bottom. Don’t shake it — rolling the bottle instead will prevent bubbles from forming in the polish and keep your nails smooth.