When it comes to cosmetic pick-me-ups, few things do the trick like a fresh new mani with which to tackle the town. While the end result is often fabulous, the trip to get there is often riddled with bumps. What’s a gal to do when she’s got places to go and no manicurist on call? She gets it done herself, that’s what. Follow these simple tips to get the mani of your dreams, without the hassle. Once you’re through, you’ll never go back to your old hit-or-miss routine again.
Don’t Shake It, Baby
While you may have been taught to shake the polish to get things all loosey goosey for application, you may be doing more harm than good. Shaking polish makes it more likely to bubble up, leaving you a bumpy finish. Roll the bottle between your palms instead to mix the polish without allowing too much air in.
Touch Up Your Technique
Nothing is more frustrating than a streak-laden manicure, but how do you combat this common beauty blunder? Apply polish in thin, even layers to get the most even application. Your best bet is beginning with one stroke down the nail’s center, then adding strokes to either side to fully cover the nail.
Two to Tango
When it comes to coats, two is the supreme number for a professional-looking steak-free application. Depending on the polish, you may be able to get away with one coat, but don’t count on it. One coat won’t quite do the trick but three can easily be too much. The more coats you throw down, the longer your mani will take to dry, so don’t go crazy with the layering.
Sometimes manicures need to be done in a hurry, but there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Opt for metallic polishes when time is a factor. These polishes commonly apply opaque, meaning only one coat is necessary. This cuts down on dry time, and requires little maintenance for touch-ups. Score!