You know how you can never paint your nails as perfectly as when you get them done at a salon? It’s not an illusion. They really do paint your nails better. But it’s not because you can’t do it, it’s because they have a special technique!
I rarely get my nails painted because I’m really indecisive and love switching out my color. Although, I get pedicures on the reg because I can’t stand it when my feet get gross. A few years ago, instead of zoning out while getting my nails done, I paid attention to what my nail technician was doing and had a lightbulb moment.
The technique they use for painting nails is so simple but works so well! And I’m going to show you how to do that today.
Shape And Paint On Base Coat
Shape your nails as you wish and swipe on a base coat. If you skip a base coat while doing your nails, stop that. A base coat is not only essential to helping your manicure last, it also protects your nails and prevents staining.
Place A Dollop Of Polish In The Middle
Get a nice dollop of polish onto your brush and place the brush in the middle of the bottom of your nail. You won't leave it here like I did, but I wanted to show you where to place it and about how much polish to use.
Paint Down The Middle
With the dollop on your brush, paint a strip down the middle of your nail.
Pull Up Along The Side
Starting from the bottom (never thought I'd quote Drake in a piece on nails...), make sort of a "U" motion and pull the brush upward along the side of your nail.
Do The Other Side
Now do the same motion along the other side of your nail. Repeat on all nails.
Follow With Another Coat
Do the same technique over again for your second coat. Then apply a fast drying top coat.
Now you know the nail salon-approved method of painting your nails! I know it's hard to do the opposite hand, but you'll get there. If you're really having trouble, invite a friend over for manicures and you can do each other's nails!
How do you do your nails? Do you have trouble painting them? Tell us in the comments!