𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘹𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 $500 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴. 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢, 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺’𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘢 𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘬𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘬.
𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘚𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘸𝘦’𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 9 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦.
1. Not washing your tools
Sanitizing your tools should be the first step and your number one priority. According to research, the area around and under our fingernails stores the largest amount of harmful bacteria, and if these tools are not being washed with disinfectant you are allowing the spread of germs and risking contamination. In addition, storing tools in a sealed bag, allows bacteria to fester.
- So the best way to store your tools is in a breathable container and use disinfectant or alcohol to clean them before and after each use.
2. Cutting your cuticles
We’ve all been guilty of doing this because we’ve seen it occasionally done to us by professionals, but, cutting your cuticles is a major health risk, due to the fact that you leave unprotected cuts on your fingers which could potentially get infected. In addition to that, when the cuticles start growing again, they come back flaky and messy looking which completely ruins your look.
- If you love the look of nipped cuticles, then the best thing for you to do is to use a rosewood stick and push them back. This way you will protect your fingernails from getting an infection while still achieving the aesthetic look that you desire.
3. Not using a base coat
A lot of people believe that a basecoat is unnecessary and a waste of time so they skip this step when they are getting their manicure. However, basecoats were originally created to bind with your natural nails and make your manicure last up to one week longer. This happens because our nails produce natural oils that prevent the nail polish from binding well with the nail, so a base coat keeps the oils out and keeps the manicure or gel polish from chipping.
4. Applying thick coats of polish
We all like a very pigmented look on our nails that takes less time to complete and looks solid, and that automatically makes us apply thicker coats of nail polish. Even though this may seem the best way to go, it is actually a major mistake when you are doing your manicure.
Thick coats of nail polish take twice as long to dry and underneath take approximately 5-6 minutes which is a recipe for a smudging disaster. Nail polish, in general, is not designed to dry well when it’s thick in order to be protected when it’s housed in the bottle.
- So the best thing to do is apply 3-4 thin layers of nail polish instead of 1-2 thick ones.
5. Using Q-tips
Q-tips are proven life-savers especially when it comes to makeup, so we slowly started incorporating them into our manicure routine as well. When nail polish gets on the skin around the nail, we just get a cotton pad and start wiping, but it takes the slightest motion to bring chaos to the whole look and have to start over from the beginning. The cotton fuzzies, no matter how many millimeters they are away from the wet nail polish have a tendency to stick to the manicure and ruin the whole look, forcing you to start from the beginning.
- Instead of using Q-tips, use a very thin makeup brush to clean the area.
6. Filing back and forth
We’ve seen both professionals and amateurs filing their nails back and forth to get a smooth surface/base for their manicure, but what this actually does is damage your nails and spoil your whole manicure. Filing back and forth causes microcracks to appear which makes the application of nail polish look brittle and uneven, and it weakens the nails causing them to break more easily.
- The filing should be in circular motions or in one direction to prevent your nails from becoming weaker and to help you avoid spending money on treatments to help them recover later.
7. Not applying polish underneath the edges
Applying nail polish around and underneath the edges will prevent your manicure from flaking during various activities that include water, like doing the dishes or washing your hair. When we do these activities water gets trapped between the nail and the nail polish causing it to lift and chip around the top edges.
- So applying nail polish underneath the edges will seal that area completely and will help your manicure last up to 5 days longer.
8. Drying nails in cold water
Drying your nails in cold water is a widely known tip for people who would like to dry their freshly polished nails even faster. However, this is just a myth, cold water hardens the nails instead of drying them, the formula of regular nail polish requires oxygen to dry and not liquid. When you dip your fingers in cold water and wait for them to dry what this actually does is harden the manicure and causes it to de-attach from your nails since it was never completely dry.
- So instead of dipping your fingers in cold water, let them air-dry naturally, and if you are in a rush, use a fan.
9. Shaking your nail polish bottle
This is common sense for almost everyone: we think that by shaking our nail polish bottle we distribute the color everywhere especially when the polish is running low. What we didn’t know is that by shaking the nail polish bottle we are essentially mixing the air trapped inside the bottle with the nail polish which causes tiny bubbles, otherwise known as tiny pockets; then we start painting and the polish looks uneven with the little bubbles transferring from the nail polish to our fingernails.
- Instead of shaking your nail polish, roll it slowly in your hands horizontally!
Have you tried any of these tips? What advice would you give to us? Please share your experience in the comments below so that everyone can learn.