Be it high-shine, chic matte or glossy, colouring your tips (and toes) can double your style quotient. Freshly polished nails can definitely add that extra spring to our step, and so we give you a 5-step routine to painting your nails like a pro - for fingers that are well-turned out and stylish always!
If you already have polish on, it’s wise to remove it the night before so that your nails get some time to breathe. No matter what the formula, a nail polish remover can leave your nails dry. Use Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to moisturize your nails and keep your cuticles healthy too.
Come morning, and it’s time to paint like an artist! The ideal time to trim your nails is right after you bathe since they are really soft that time. You can even soak them in hot water (with a pinch of salt) if you’re doing it at another time of the day. After filing your nails, don’t cut your cuticles if they are protruding - just push them back. Cuticles help protect your tips against fungal infections.
Before you begin, check for leftover nail polish. If you see some on the sides of your tips, the safest bet is to use a cotton bud soaked in acetone. Next, coat the skin around your nails with petroleum jelly so that if you end up painting outside the lines, you can get rid of it by simply rinsing your hands. A secret tip for when you’re planning on using a bright colour or neon shade: is paint it on a coat of white nail paint to really make it pop and appear less sheer!
Make sure to always use a clear base coat first to protect your nails from turning yellow thanks to all the colour. Get the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, or the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, which doubles up as a base coat and is a great fix for brittle nails. Instead of applying one thick, lumpy coat, apply a single coat on each tip; it should ideally be done in 3 strokes - one in the centre and one on each side. Apply a second coat when your nails are considerably dry - this way you’ll avoid smudges and dents and bumps.
Want your favourite shade of tangerine to pop a bit more and last longer without chipping? Use a top coat like the Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Polish Top Coat. If you like a gel finish (which is doing the rounds right now), try the Colorbar Insanely Matte Top Coat, or the Colorbar Disco Gold - a must-have to get some glitter for the festive season. Of course, going professional also means trying out your hand at nail art: make it easier by investing in the Bourjois Dotting Tool - this double-ended tool will help you doodle all you like and add a unique twist to your tips!