Starting with clean dry nails, use an orange stick to push cuticles back gently and evenly. File and shape so all nails are the same length. (I believe length to be a matter of preference. Just remember if you are doing a very bright or dark color, it’s best to stick with a short, “squoval” shape to keep it chic and modern.) Buff nails so they are smooth and free of ridges.
Using base coat, apply a thin layer across the top of your nail, the white part, horizontally. (This adds extra protection to the tip, which is the weakest part and most likely to break.) Let dry for 1 minute and then apply base coat over the entire nail.
Apply one even coat of nail polish, getting as close to the cuticle as possible without touching it. Also make sure you do a swipe under the tip of your nail so no white is showing. Let dry for 2 minutes and then apply a second coat of color. Let dry for 3 minutes before applying top coat. As a general rule, you shouldn’t try to use your nails for anything for at least 30 minutes. Even after that they can still “dent”, so be careful.
Using q-tips or a nail corrector pen, clean up any areas of polish on your fingers or cuticles. Once polish is completely dry, you can apply some oil to moisturize your cuticles.
- If you are using a flat color, you may notice it looking dull after a few days. I always add another thin layer of topcoat, usually around day 3, to gloss it up again.
- If you use hairspray in the morning, wet fingers and use a washcloth to rub over each nail – this removes the dulling residue that hairspray leaves behind.
There are supplements I take, for nutritional reasons, that seem to make my nails grow stronger and longer – NatureMade Prenatal vitamins (though I’m not pregnant, the iron helps) & Triple Omega 3-6-9.