Painting your nails can be very therapeutic and really add that finishing touch to your overall look, but there’s nothing worse then when all your hard work starts to chip away! You can avoid those cracked or lumpy finishes with these simple tips and tricks. We reveal 3 core components that you should watch out for if you’re aiming to achieve the perfect look without it falling apart soon after.
Natural Oil & Product Buildup
Before you start your exciting nail polish process, it is best advised to wipe down your nails with polish remover or white vinegar before applying your base coat. If you’re wondering, this is a technique used by professional nail technicians in order to remove the natural oils or products that buildup on your nails which prevent a smooth polish adherence. It is like painting a wall, car or any object – you want the surface to be smooth so that the finish itself will be as smooth as possible. Though don’t forget to wait for them to dry before you start!
Removing natural oils can also be done by using a standard buffing block. The process of buffing your nails not only aids a smoother polish application but also cleans up your ridges for a tidier look.
The Right Products
Whether a nail lacquer, base coat or a top coat, it’s important that you’re using high-quality products that are nourishing for your nails. Don’t settle for grabbing the most convenient polish, you need to find products that are long-lasting and chip-resistant which doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. Brands like OPI Australia, Morgan Taylor, LeChat, and Bandi have a vast range of polishes and other nail enhancement applications that offer an easy and smooth application as well as weeks of wear and shine.
The basecoat is not only an important component to achieving the perfect look but is also extremely vital to the protection of your nails. Base Coats like OPI’s Natural Nail provide you with a smooth application so your polish doesn’t chip easily later on. Topcoats are equally as important; they are the final layer that seals your polish for a lasting look and protects the underlying layers similar to a clear coat, so don’t be lazy with it!
Patience & Polishing
Applying too much polish onto your nails increases the likelihood of it becoming lumpy with inconsistent texture, and after it’s long drying process, it’ll become prone to chipping. It is advised to try to keep the layers to just three thin coats in order to lower risks of it smudging and drying unevenly.
Painting your nails can become quite cumbersome and tedious once you have to wait for the drying process before adding a new layer of polish, but the wait will be worth it! Waiting for your coat to dry will give time for the colour lacquer to be completely locked in. Being hasty will ultimately lead to messy layers and no time for your nails to breathe.
Even if it becomes a tiresome task, don’t cut corners when painting your nails! Whether in the process or in the products you choose, every decision you make will affect how your nails will look and feel.