One thing that nearly everyone knows about me is that I love doing my nails. I’m not usually what you might define as ‘girly’ but when it comes to nails, it’s an exception.
I like to change my nails as regularly as possible (every 3-4 days, sometimes even sooner when I have the time) and I have a vast collection of nail polishes. Although, I am a huge fan of cheap nail polishes so I rarely ever spend more than £3 on a single nail polish (unless it’s made out of gold, then and only then might I reconsider.)
The featured image is of nails I applied, painted and designed a year ago (when I had time to do that all of the time).
Here are a few nail tips I have collected over the years;
- Always wear a base coat when paining until your natural nails. This is usually meant to be a nail hardener or protector although, they are ridiculously expensive. I usually settle for a simple plain white polish or a peach/nude colour. A base coat is meant to make the nail polish last longer.
- Always remove the previous nail polish when painting a new colour over it. I am one of those impatient people that flick off bits of my nail polish then paint over it because I can’t be bothered to remove it first. Literally the worst thing you can do your nails as it can leave marks on your nails. As well as the obvious fact that the newly applied nail polish won’t look as good.
- Always put on a top coat when you have finished paining your nails. When the polish has dried, always ass a clear top coat as it seals the design underneath and gives your nails a flawless glow. I own about 4 glosses because I believe they are genuinely important. A little thing I like to use is gloss with glitter in it. It always gives you jazzy nails. Also, if you ever smudge a design or mess it up, then the glitter camouflages that and makes your nails still look good.
- Ensure that your hands are always completely dry before applying any moisture. Also, make sure that you don’t start applying nail polish when you know you’re about to take a shower or do the dishes. This one seems like a ‘Duh!’ moment but you don’t know how many times my nails have been slightly damp and the nail polish refuses to dry and then gets all smudgy and messy. It’s always best to give your nails at least an hour before touching water or any moisture.
- Black and dark nail polishes, believe it or not, are really IN nowadays. Something about dark nails is cool and hipster (not exactly sure what it is though). Make sure to purchase a few staple dark shades for your collection.
- Always ensure that your nails are clean at all times. Other than the fact of hygiene, dirty nails are actually disgusting. I know there are busy periods in life when you have more important things to do than your nails; I respect that. But there is never an excuse for dirty nails.
- A hairdryer is a miracle worker when it comes to drying nails quickly and evenly, leaving a gorgeous glow.
- I am a huge fan of applying fake nails, however, they are extremely hard to apply yourself if you’ve never done it before so I would recommend getting them professionally done. (I don’t mean to brag but, I do mine myself lol)
- Concerning false nails, always file them down to fit the shape and size of your natural nails. the point of them is to give the illusion that your real nails are that long and shaped and gorgeous, therefore if they look like claws that are falling off your fingers, the agenda is not a success. Personally, I try to say away from boxed square nails, but I do generally like shorter nails as they are easier to maintain.
- Acrylics are so bad for your nails (no matter how good they look). Get them at your own risk. I heard gel nails are a better alternative.
- Try and purchase nails that come with thin brushes, they are much easier to design with.