If you’re taking the time and effort to do your own manicures and nail art, you want to make sure it’s done right. While a lot of people think it’s as simple as slapping on a sheer coat of polish, that’s far from true. There are actually some subtle, small steps that go in to making the perfect manicure, and a lot of people are making mistakes that really detract from the life and look of their manicures. Here are some things you should avoid that will make your manicures last longer, and look better.
Before you put on your nail polish, you may be making a mistake, if you’re not using a basecoat first. Or there are even some people that like to use a ‘two in one’ product with the actual base and topcoat in one. This is a mistake. If you want to make your nail art last, then you need to be using a basecoat first. It’s necessary because it helps to adhere the nail polish better, by sealing in your nails’ natural oils, which can impact the life of your manicure.
And when it comes to the nail cutting and cuticle grooming, be careful. A lot of people think that cutting their cuticles is the right way to go when doing their nails, but that’s not the best thing to do for your health. When you cut the cuticles, you’re opening up risk because there could be open cuts on your hands, which could get infected and grow in poorly. The best way to handle your cuticles when doing your nails is to use cuticle oil or softening product, and then ‘push’ them back using a cuticle stick. This works just as well, and will cut out the risk of infection.
When it comes to using tools for clipping your nails, you want to make sure that you’re washing them first. A lot of people don’t think about it, but all of your nail art tools – when they’re not being used – sit and collect dust, germs and even standing water, which is a breeding ground for bacteria that causes infections. Simply washing and sanitizing your tools before using them will go a long way in making your nail art healthy and long lasting.
After you’ve finished applying polish to your nails, chance are you’re going to see a few smudges here and there that you want to remove. Many people head to the pile of Q-tips to use one to remove smudges, but this is a nail art mistake. The little fibers on the Q-tips are actually really likely to stick to your manicure, or cause smudges, making it worse – not better. You’re better off using an angled makeup brush, dipped in nail polish remover, and using that to remove any smudges or imperfections.
And make sure you’re even handed with the amount of nail polish you’re actually putting on. If you apply a huge gob of paint to your nails, it’s going to take a really long time to dry, and it’s more likely to smudge or look bad. Applying several thin coats is a much better way to get the nail art look you want.