Common mistakes that can ruin your manicure

The dream polish is the one that keeps its shine for days without flaking! Making that dream come true is possible if you avoid these mistakes (ones we’ve all made).

PICKING YOUR NAIL POLISH OFF.

You know how this goes… during the day, you notice that your polish is flaking and you want to finish off the job instead of living with half-done nails for the rest of the day. So, you scrape at it. But it’s important to know that, like skin, your nails have a thin layer of water and sebum that protects them from external aggressors. By tearing off your polish, you’re also tearing off this protective film, making your fingertips more vulnerable to bacteria. It’s better to use a mild solvent to remove polish. Resist the urge to pick!

Pro-Vitamin Strengthening, 10 oz
Sally Hansen

Pro-Vitamin Strengthening, 10 oz

Removes polish quickly and gently while strengthening weak, thin nails.

Nail Polish Remover Sweetness, 125 ml
Personnelle Cosmetics

Nail Polish Remover Sweetness, 125 ml

With almond oil. Aceton free.

SHAKING THE NAIL POLISH BOTTLE BEFORE APPLICATION.

Shaking nail polish before applying it is an automatic move. We all do it without even thinking about it. But vigorous shaking creates small air bubbles, which can affect the application of the colour and the polish’s hold. To prevent bubbles from forming, roll the bottle between your hands to mix the colour, and avoid abrupt movements of the applicator during your manicure.

Rolling the bottle in your palms has another purpose: it increases the temperature of the formula. To keep its fluidity, the polish must be stored in a cool, dark place, like a well closed box or a makeup kit… or the refrigerator! Warming it up a bit before using it makes application easier.

NOT APPLYING A BASE COAT.

Transparent, rosy or apricot, the base is essential because it reinforces the nail and makes it smooth. This step will allow you to apply your polish on an even, non-porous surface for perfectly opaque, uniform results. It can also be used alone, as an invigorating treatment: the assets it contains (amino acids, vitamins, vegetable oils, etc.) strengthen the nails, stimulate their growth and protect them from the yellowing caused by nail polish pigments.

NOT APPLYING A BASE COAT.

Before applying the base, first wash your hands to remove all residue (dirt, pollution, grease, etc.). This ensures better hold for all the layers!

Complete Salon Manicure Nail Primer , 14.7 ml
Sally Hansen

Complete Salon Manicure Nail Primer , 14.7 ml

Create a smooth canvas for your favorite nail colour.

Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat, 13.3 ml
Sally Hansen

Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat, 13.3 ml

Virtually shatterproof base and top coat that protects your nails.

CUTTING YOUR CUTICLES.

This is another common mistake. Cuticles act like a protective barrier to prevent bacteria from spreading into your nail. You should always avoid cutting your cuticles. Soften them instead, either with an oil specifically designed for cuticles or by soaking your fingers in warm water for a few minutes. You can then gently push your cuticles back with a wooden stick. To make this step easier, keep your hands and nails supple by applying cream regularly.

Cuticle Pusher
Personnelle Cosmetics

Cuticle Pusher
Essential Cuticle Oil, 14.7 ml
Revlon

Essential Cuticle Oil, 14.7 ml

Nourishes and hydrates. Blend of natural oils & vitamin E.

USING COTTON SWABS TO FIX MISTAKES.

We’ve all done this but it’s not a good idea. One wrong move and the cotton can stick to the polish and ruin your manicure. To fix small mistakes, use a polish-correction pencil with a tip you’ve soaked in a solvent (makeup remover).

APPLYING TOO MUCH POLISH PER LAYER.

Your clothes, your hair, the corner of a piece of furniture, a page to turn… anything can spoil a manicure that hasn’t dried properly. To limit the damage (and the drying time!), apply thin layers. Dip the brush in the polish so that a small drop remains at the end, then apply the color in three strokes–left, right and center. Allow the polish to dry, and then add more layers until you get the coverage you want.

APPLYING TOO MUCH POLISH PER LAYER.

HEADING TO THE BEACH WITHOUT PREPARING.

There's nothing like a day at the beach, frolicking in the waves, running your fingers through the sand... and while it feels great, your fingernails don't like it. Sand and salt water are abrasives that can quickly turn brilliant nails dull and lifeless. After your next manicure, take a moment to apply a transparent finishing coat that will protect the polish. Then, as needed, add a new coat of finish at the end of your day at the beach to keep your nails looking their best.

Top Coat, 13.5 ml, Go Good To Go
essie

Top Coat, 13.5 ml, Go Good To Go
Top Coat Gel Look, 10 ml, Fragrance free
Vitry

Top Coat Gel Look, 10 ml, Fragrance free

Thanks to its thicker film, the Top Coat Gel Look creates a volumizing effect on the nail with a protective shield and gel-like finish. It enhances colour by giving nails a mirror-like shine, and maintains your colour for longer.

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Common mistakes that can ruin your manicure

For unknown reasons, at-home manicures never turn out the way we want them to. Here are six common mistakes to avoid in order to get flawless nails.
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