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1. Before Applying A New Coat Of Polish, Take Off The Old One
When it’s time for a new coat of nail polish, make sure to thoroughly remove the previous polish for a smoother, shinier finish. Avoid acetone, as it’s harsh and can dry nails. Non-acetone polish remover leaves nails healthier.
To minimize damage to the nail, use cotton to rub away the polish; dampen a cotton ball or pad with remover, hold it on the polish to soften it, then gently rub towards the nail tip to avoid staining around the nail bed.
2. Use Press-On Nails
Acrylic nails can cause damage to the nail and can even facilitate the growth of fungus. Acetate press-on nails are less damaging.
If you have a broken or split nail, you can stick a press-on nail over it to protect the damage from worsening. It will also keep you from getting polish inside the crack where it might damage the quick.
3. Apply A Base Coat First
Nail polish colors can be absorbed into the nail, turning it into an ugly shade of yellow. To avoid the problem, apply a clear base coat first.
Cover the whole nail, starting from the cuticle, and applying by brushing up towards the tip. Give the base coat at least 5 minutes to thoroughly dry before you put the polish color on.
4. Use Two Coats Of Polish
Applying a double coat of polish will give you a more brilliant shine and a professional finish just like you’d get at the salon.
Just remember to give each coat enough time to dry; applying the next coat too soon can lead to smudges and a rough finish.
5. And Again: Give The Polish Time to Dry
Ever heard the phrase “as boring as watching paint dry”? That’s how boring it is to sit around and wait for nail polish to dry. But as we’ve said, it’s the only way to make sure that you don’t get any smudges or nicks in the polish while it’s still soft.
So sit quietly after that last coat, don’t touch anything and give yourself a 10 minute break from doing anything – after all, you deserve a break!
If you really are pressed for time, you can use a blow dryer (make sure you set it to the ‘cool’ mode) that will dry them more quickly. And here’s a tip: holding your nails under gently running cold water will actually help the polish dry a little faster.
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