If you do your nails yourself at home, here's few tips you possibly need to ensure a salon-quality manicure.
#1 No mess
Use a cotton swab to rub petroleum jelly on the skin around your nails before applying your nail polish. The Vaseline will act as a barrier between the polish and your skin. After applying your nail polish, just simply wipe out the nail polish outside your nail area.
#2 No More Chipping
Pain the first layer of your base coat polish only at the top half potion of your nails. Let it dry and then apply the second coat and this time on your entire nails. This technique will help the polish on the tips of your nails — which are more prone to chipping — last longer.
#3 Make Colors Pop
The natural tint of your fingers will change the color of your polish if your nail polish not super opaque. To make the colors pop, apply a white base color for the first coating. And then let it try. Apply the second coating and let it dry.
#4 Nail art designs on a plastic sandwich bag first
If painting designs on your dominant hand is too difficult, try painting them on a plastic sandwich bag first. Paint a few thick coats of polish onto the plastic, and then add your design on top. After it dries, peel each design off the plastic, and adhere them to your nail with nail art glue or a clear topcoat.
#5 Half-moon French Manicure
Place a paper hole reinforcement stickers along the base of each nails. And with the use of a nail art dotter or bobby pin, seal the stickers firmly to avoid blotting. Paint your first coat on each nail along the sticker and let it dry for a minute. Apply the second coat and let it dry for another minute and carefully remove the sticker.
#6 Two-tone nails with Tape
Choose two different nail polish colors and pain one coat of the lighter polish on each nail and seal it with a top coat. When it is completely dry, apply two strips of tape over the tips of your nails so they cross in the middle and create a point. Apply the darker shade nail polish over the entire nail on top of the tape. Let it dry for a minute and take off the tape.
#7 Nail Art with Rhine Stones
If you want to add some Rhine stones on your nails and your fingers and tweezers are too big to grab and place tiny Jewels, just use a tip of an eyeliner or lip pencil instead. The end of this pencil is tacky enough to grip the jewel from above and won’t get in the way of your design.
#8 French tip with Rubber bands
Take a rubber band and tie it in the middle. Loop one end over your thumb to create tension on the band, and align the other end over the top of your nail and just below the edge to create the French tip shape. Use the edge of the rubber band as a guide, and paint the tip of your nail.
#9 Custom Shade Nail Polish
Pour a little bit of eye shadow pigment into a spoon, and then add a little bit of clear polish to it. Mix it all together with a cotton swab, grab a brush, and try out your new color.
#10 Marble effect Nail Polish
Fill a small paper cup with filtered, room-temperature water. Grab two different colors of paint and add drops of each polish into the cup of water, alternating paints each time. Once you've added a few drops, grab an open paper clip and swirl the layers together to create the design you want. Choose an accent finger and tape underneath and around your nail to protect your skin. Then, stick your finger into the cup with your nail facing the paint layer. Holding your finger in the cup for a few seconds, use your paper clip to gather the rest of the paint away from your finger. Pull your finger out of the water and clean up the edges for the finished look.
#11 Quick Dry Nails
To make your nail polish dry faster, fill a bowl with water and put some ice. Once the water is cold enough, soak your nails and it will dry faster.
#12 Quick dry if you hate the cold
Non Stick oil Spray also works as a quick-dry spray. Hold the can a few inches away, and spray your nails evenly. Wait a few minutes, and then wash the oily residue off your hands.
#13 Removing Stubborn Glitter Nail Polish
Soak a cotton with nail polish remover and place it on top of your nails and wrap it with foil and let it sit for 5 minutes and remove it by sliding off the foil and cotton at the same time and the polish will come off with it.
#14 Easy Glitter nail polish Removal
If you want to wear a glitter polish temporarily for an occasion and just want to remove it after the even. Pain a white glue on your nails as basecoat and let it dry completely. Apply your nail polish as many coats you like. When you are ready to remove your polish, just peel back the glue and it will come off easily.
#15 Avoid Air Bubbles
Hold the bottle between your palms and rub your hands back and forth to stir the polish without creating bubbles.
#16 Loosen a stubborn nail polish lid.
Sometimes when nail polish becomes stubborn and hard to open, just fill up a glass with hot water and put the nail polish upside down and make sure the water is only up to the neck of the bottle. Wait for a few minutes until the lid is loosen.
#17 Tight lids
Wrap a large rubber band around the top of a nail polish bottle before trying to open it. The rubber will provide a better grip for twisting.
#18 Prevent Bottle from drying shut
With a cotton swab, wipe a small amount of petroleum jelly into the ridges on the top of the bottle. This will make it easier to open the next time and prevent it from sealing shut.
#19 Organize your Nail Colors
To keep your polishes organized, paint a strip of polish on an adhesive file folder label, punch out a hole, and stick the paint sample on the top of the nail polish bottle. Repeat this for all of your polishes, set them in a box, and store them in a cool, dry place.