Nothing makes your hands look quite as nice as a fresh coat of paint. From a subtle nude to the brightest red, there’s no shortage of looks you can go for when you indulge in a manicure. And while it can be fun to make a trip to your favorite nail salon, mastering the art of the DIY manicure can save you both time and money when it comes to caring for your hands.
It’s completely possible – and fairly easy – to paint your nails at home, but make sure that you know what you’re doing or you might end up with a mess at the tips of your fingers. If you’re going to pamper yourself with a luxurious DIY manicure, make sure that you avoid these six mistakes:
1. Skipping the base coat
A base coat doesn’t really matter because no one will see it under the color, right? Wrong. When it comes to making your polish last, the base coat is critical. Allure reported that a proper bottom layer can extend the life of your manicure by a couple days. That’s good news for anyone who doesn’t want to have to paint their nails multiple times a week. Your nails have natural oils that need to be sealed in by a base coat before you add colored polish. Opt for a product that is advertised specifically for this purpose rather than just any clear polish.
2. Filing back and forth.
If you’re in a rush and need to file down a nail, you may end up quickly dragging the tool back and forth along the ridge. This is one of the most common mistakes that is made during DIY manicures. Filing back and forth can fray the edges, leaving you with a messy and weakened nail. Instead, use one fluid motion, moving from the side to the center, for a smoother edge.
3. Cutting your cuticles.
Whatever you do, don’t break the cardinal rule of manicures: no cutting your cuticles! What many people don’t realize is that the cuticle – the thin layer of dead skin between your finger and nail- serves the important purpose of keeping out bacteria. When you cut your cuticles, you could be opening up yourself for an infection, according to Cosmopolitan magazine.
4. Painting too quickly.
You may not always have time to spend a luxurious afternoon painting your nails, but make sure that you can at least set aside enough time so you don’t feel rushed. Each layer of polish needs to dry sufficiently before you add the next or you’ll end up with a messy manicure. If necessary, use your BABY-G BA120SP-4A to time two minutes between each coat so the paint has time to dry.
5. Creating thick layers.
While it might be tempting to paint your polish on thick so you don’t need as many layers, this strategy is, simply put, a recipe for disaster. Thick layers are more likely to smudge and crease, creating a messy manicure. You’ll just end up having to start over, which will cost you more time than if you’d just done it right the first time.
6. Passing on the top coat.
Your nails may look great once you’re done with the colored polish, but don’t skip the top coat. This final layer helps prevent chips, making your manicure last longer. While it can be tempting to choose a dual-purpose polish that can be used for both the base and top layer, you should avoid those products when possible. Base and top coat polishes have different properties and shouldn’t be used interchangeably. For example, top coat tends to be thicker and won’t do as good a job at locking in the natural oils in your nails.
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