Nail File Friday’s: How To Apply Nail Polish

Nail File Friday’s: How To Apply Nail Polish

I wrote here on what works for me when preparing my nails for nail polish. I’ve also shared here the tools to own for the at-home manicure and today I wanted to share basic tips on how to apply nail polish. This is would be the fun part of doing a pretty polished look on your nails. I’ve found that once you get the into the habit or ‘rhythm’ of things, you’ll do these steps pretty quickly.

3 Easy Tips To Prep for Nail Polish:

Tip: Do you have a shaky hand, a dominant hand and a not so dominant hand? Yes, I have a dominant hand too – my right. Do your nail polish on a table or desk, somewhere steady, where you’ll be able to rest both of your hands as you polish. I like to use my right hand – my dominant to paint my left hand first. I do this so that the left hand has enough time to dry when I begin my right hand. It leaves me with less mistakes.

Still have an unsteady hand, no problem try this ‘Magique’ Liquid Latex Barrier for nails. It comes in a nail polish bottle, simply apply this around your nail – your cuticle, and then apply your nail polish – do NOT wait for your nail polish to dry, peel off the latex barrier right away after you’ve applied the nail polish. This latex barrier is perfect for gradient, splatter, water marble and stamping nail looks. Apply the latex as you go, do NOT try to ‘save time’ by applying the latex to all your cuticles at once – it’s tempting, but don’t.

Tip: Prep the area where you’ll be doing your nails. I like to work with a paper towel near by, especially when I’m ready to use the nail brush to clean up any mistakes. Simply fill the cap of the nail acetone and dip the nail brush inside, clean the area of your nails and wipe the brush clean on the paper towel after every use.

Tip: When using darker or brighter colors you don’t want the skin to stain and leave a messy residue, so wait for the polish to dry a little first before cleaning your mistakes around your skin.

4 Easy Steps To Apply Nail Polish:

1. Great nails start with healthy cuticles. When preparing the nail beds for nail polish, push back the cuticles, never cut. If you have areas where there may be a bit of dry or dead skin, if you do, carefully remove it with a cuticle nipper.

2. Before applying a base coat or any polish, be sure to use a bit of pure acetone with a lint free paper towel or your daily rubbing alcohol to clean the nail bed. If you use a cotton ball, be sure there are no traces of that left on your nail. You want to clean the nail bed first because it’s easy for oils or dust from the nail filings to get onto your nails and give you an uneven manicure. 

3. Do NOT shake your nail polish bottle. This creates bubbles in the polish which then transfer onto your nails. Instead hold the bottle on the palm of your hand and simply roll the bottle.

Lastly ….

4. You will apply 2 coats of nail polish on each nail. When you bring out the polish brush out from the bottle, try not to get too much polish – a little goes a long way, clean out the excess on the bottle.

You will begin the first coat by making the first stroke in the middle of the nail, from the back – by the cuticle, to the front of the nail, then a stroke on the left – back to front, and lastly a stroke on the right side – from back to front. That’s ONE coat. Do it again for the SECOND coat – middle stroke, left stroke and right stroke or ‘middle, side, side’.

IF you’re using a light nail polish shade say, a nude or even white, I’ve found they at times require a third coat.

My Final Look Has:

1 Coat – ‘Seche’ Base Coat

2 Coats of Nail Polish (three strokes per coat on each nail)

1 Coat – ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized 

Do you do things different, do you use different products? Let me know what they are, share all the good info! Hope you have a great Friday.

A-

Nail File Friday’s: 4 Easy Steps To Prepare Nails For Nail Polish

I decided to go back to basics by telling you what works for me when preparing my nails for nail polish. I’ve mentioned here the tools to own for the at-home manicure, now let’s put them to use.

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1. With my nails bare – meaning no nail polish, I start by using a cuticle pusher, I use the metal one, but the orange wood stick will also work. What’s the difference? The wood stick will be ideal if you have a softer cuticle, it’s also gentler on the nail, use it by gently pushing the cuticle towards the back of the nail. If you have dry cuticles or ingrown nails on the sides of the nail bed, now it’s the time to use the cuticle nipper to remove that.

2. I will cut my nails to my desired shape or I’ll simply file them down and will use a nail buffer – particularly if I see there are any slight bumps or ridges that appear on the nail bed, as this can cause an uneven polished look. My go-to on my natural nails is the ‘natural short’ shape – keeps me from accidental poking my kids!

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3. I use a cotton ball and pure acetone to clean the nail beds. However, you can also use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol – you don’t want to polish your nails if they have any lotion or cuticle oils, doing this will ensure your nails clean from it all.

4. And lastly, use a base coat. So, why the spend money, time and effort on base coat? A base coat will protect your nails from the nail polish. It will act as an adhesive to the nail polish, prevent staining from darker colors, peeling, give less of a streaky look from the nail polish and overall enhance and give you a beautiful polished look. Now, apply two coats of your desired shade of nail polish, allow it to dry for a few seconds and seal it with a top coat.

I know it may seem like one too many steps, however, if you take the proper steps in caring for your nails, the time it took you to polish your nails will definitely be worth the effort in the final results.

Hope you’re having a great Friday!

A-

Nail File Friday’s: Pink Shades + Gold Tape

I’ve been really loving bright colors lately – don’t get me wrong, I still love my darker shades. This week I’ve been wearing two tones of pink nail polish shades and also used some nail striping tape in gold.

Nail Polish Used: Essie Polish in S’il Vous Play (glitter gold) however, the next best thing is this glitter gold color in Luxeffects, Mod Square (pink) and Bachelorette Bash (fuchsia pink)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Striping Tape in GoldNail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail and Cuticle Nipper to cut ends of the striping tape

 

To begin, after you have applied the Seche Clear Base Coat, apply two coats of the gold glitter polish. I painted the ring finger in Mod Square and the rest in Bachelorette Bash – for some reason the photo looks more like red, but it’s not, it’s a fuchsia pink – so pretty. Once the nail polish has dried, I placed nail striping tape in gold on the pinky finger – it’s subtle but makes such a difference, gently press down and cut with the cuticle nipper. Allow that to dry completely and then apply a top coat to all, I like Out The Door Top Clear Coat. To know the basic nail tools I own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Hope you have a great Friday!

A-

Nail File Friday’s: Reverse French Manicure

So this week I tried something new, it’s the ‘Reverse French Manicure’ in a nude shade and light pink glitter polish – so easy and so nice! This is the perfect nude and the glitter gives it that something extra – hope you give this a try!

Nail Polish Used: Essie: Go Go Geisha (nude) and S’il Vous Play (pink with glitter) I wasn’t able to find that exact color but A Cut Above (pink with glitter) is the next best thing!

Nail Tools Used: Avery Reinforcement Labels and the Nail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nail

As always, apply your Seche Clear Base Coat and apply two coats of Go Go Geisha, allow the color to completely dry before applying the Reinforcement Label. Once it’s dry, place the Label as near or as far away from your cuticle as you’d like – the further away from the cuticle, the more of the second color that will show, press the label down lightly on your nail and apply A Cut Above or the second color, remove the label while the nail polish is still wet. Allow that to dry completely before applying your Out The Door Top Clear Coat – if you don’t give the polish enough time to dry before applying the top coat, the second polish will smear. And that was it, now you’ve got a beautiful reverse french manicure!

If you haven’t seen my post on the basic nail tools to own for the perfect at-home manicure, you can find it here!

Have a great Friday!

A-

Classic Essie Nail Polish Shades To Own

Classic Essie Nail Polish Shades To Own

These Essie nail polish shades will help you get amazing results. And having these colors in your nail polish kit will get you fantastic nail art at home. These Essie colors are a must have and will be your go to shades every single time.

The Essie nail polish brand is available at beauty supply stores or on  Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and whether you choose one or the other from each category, they’re all amazing!

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I’ll begin with four words, BASE COAT and TOP COAT – or is that five?! This really does make all the difference. I use this base coat first, it works as a primer for the nail polish  Seche Clear Base Coat .5 oz. No Formaldehyde & No Toluene and to ensure that the polish goes on smoothly – not streaky. It will also prevent dark nail colors from staining your nails and overall discoloration. Next apply two coats of your favorite nail polish – three strokes per coat and lastly a top coat  Out The Door Fast Dry 0.5 Ounce (14ml) (2 Pack) for fast drying and shiny results.

Essie Nail Polish Shades

 Essie – Marshmallow 

White:  1) Marshmallow essie nail color,Marshmallow,sheers & whites,0.46 fl. oz., 2) Waltz essie Nail Color Polish, Waltz, 3) Blanc essie nail polish, blanc, 0.46 fl. oz. 4) Adore-A-Ball Adore-A-Ball $5 Coupon Code From Butore 5) This is not from Essie but a must have is Funny Bunny from OPI Nail lio Lacquer, Funny Bunny, 0.5 fl. oz.

  Essie – Ballet Slippers

Sheer Pink/Pink:  1) Baby’s Breath Baby’s Breath $5 Coupon Code From Butore 2) Limo-Scene essie nail color,Limo-Scene,sheers & whites,0.46 fl. oz., 3) Ballet Slippers essie nail polish, ballet slippers, 0.46 fl. oz., 4) Skinny Dip essie the wild nudes 2017 nail polish collection, skinny dip, 0.46 fl. oz.

 Essie – Secret Story 

Bright Pink:  1) Secret Story essie nail color,Secret Story, pinks,0.46 fl. oz. 2) Pancy essie Nail Color Polish, Pansy (3) Mod Square

 Essie – Limited Addiction

Classic Red:  1) Really Red essie nail color,Really Red,reds,0.46 fl. oz., 2) Limited Addiction essie Nail Color Polish, Limited Addiction

 Essie – Chinchilly 

Gray:  1) Chinchilly essie nail polish, chinchilly, 0.46 fl. oz.essie nail polish, chinchilly, 0.46 fl. oz., 2) Without A Stitch essie the wild nudes nail polish collection, without a stitch, 0.46 fl. oz.

 Essie – Wicked 

Dark/Black: 1) My go-to dark shade is Wicked essie nail polish, wicked, 0.46 fl. oz. 2) for a black shade Licorice essie nail polish, licorice, 0.46 fl. oz.

Non-Acetone vs Acetone Polish Remover

So, this is really up to you, how much time and how often you polish your nails. As for my personal preference, I prefer Acetone. But here’s the difference between the two.

The Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover, does not harm acrylic nails, is less effective but much gentler and takes longer to dissolve the polish, meaning you’ll spend more time rubbing the polish off. As for the Acetone Polish Remover, know that the damage that is done to our nails is not from the nail polish rather from the nail polish remover. Acetone  Super Nail Pure Acetone Polish Remover, 8 oz is the most effective way to remove nail polish, removes acrylic nails, gel nails and glitter nail polish, Acetone is harsh on your nails, dries out skin and nails.

Nail Repair Polish:  Also, every now and then, give your nails a break from nail polish for a week or so and apply  Perfect Formula Repair Coat, 0.6 Fl. oz. nightly. This restores and conditions your nails to ensure their health.

Nail Stickers/Art:  Nail stickers are great! My oldest daughter loves these! Thy’re so lovely and easy to apply. If you don’t have much time for your nails, try nail stickers INHDBOX 50×Nail Decals,Nail Art Water Transfer Sticker Decal-butterfly, flower, heart ect ( different patterns ) They have plenty of pre-made art designs to choose from.

Hope you get inspired or add any of these wonderful nail shades in your own nail kit.

-Ana

Photo: Mona Eendra