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How to Paint Your Nails Like a Pro: Foolproof Guide to Flawless Results

Painting your nails at home can save money but takes practice.

What you’ll need:

  • Nail file
  • Buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle nippers (optional)
  • Acetone or non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil
  • Hand cream (optional)
  • Nail polish

Steps:

  1. Prep your nails:
    • Push back cuticles.
    • Trim and file nails.
    • Wipe nails with acetone or non-acetone remover.
  2. Apply base coat.
  3. Paint your nails:
    • Use the three-stripe method: paint a stripe down the center, then one on each side.
    • Apply thin layers and let them dry completely between coats.
    • Use a clean-up brush for mistakes.
  4. Apply top coat.

Aftercare:

  • Use cuticle oil daily.
  • Wear gloves when doing chores.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with water.
  • Don’t pick at your polish.

Tips:

  • Roll the nail polish bottle before using to avoid bubbles.
  • Use a thin first coat of color to prevent streaking.
  • Don’t be afraid to apply 3 thin coats for full coverage.
  • A clean-up brush can help with mistakes, especially on your non-dominant hand.

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