Getting that perfect manicure may seem easy, but only if they’re done correctly. Some visit nail salons, while others prefer to apply nail polish by themselves. Both options are good, but if you’re planning to do the latter, it’s best to read up and know what nail polish mistakes you should avoid.
With the help of glossandco.com.au and expert salons and manicurists, here’s a compiled list of the most common nail polish mistakes:
Mistake #1 – Applying nail polish when your nails are dirty
Any trace of dirt, dust and moisture can affect how the nail polish would stick onto your fingernails. Don’t clean by soaking your fingertips. You might think it’s a good idea because salons do it, but it’s only for pampering purposes.
Soaking your nails will make it absorb water and expand temporarily. When it dries, it will contract and go back to its normal shape. Not applying nail polish when the fingers are in their normal shape may lead to chipping, cracking and peeling. Use a manicure brush instead (or an old toothbrush) and wet it with diluted hand soap to remove oil from the tips.
Mistake #2 – Shaking the nail polish bottle
Don’t shake your nail polish bottle because it will only trap and create tiny pockets of air (bubbles) inside. The same goes if you keep on pumping the brush in and out of the bottle. Hold the bottle vertically with both palms and roll it as if you’re playing with playdough.
Mistake #3 – Cutting your cuticles
Cuticles are there for a reason and it’s a big mistake to remove them before applying nail polish. Experts say that it’s a health risk to cut your cuticles because you’re opening cuts on your fingers and putting yourself at risk of infection. Push them back instead of cutting them. After all, they get flaky when they grow back and you might not like how they look. It’s better to keep them intact.
The next time you give yourself a manicure, make sure to remember these common mistakes and avoid doing them to get the results you want.