Most of us are guilty of committing mistakes when having our nails done on our own. When you find yourself in the same situation, remember that everybody else had some time in their lives have failed in creating the perfect nails that they want to have. It can be totally embarrassing, but you can learn from them and just laugh everything off after a while. After all, no one is perfect. To fail is equivalent to be human.
Here are the top 10 nail polish mistakes that many of us may have done or are still doing until now:
- Not preparing the nail surface well. Filing the edges of the nails and buffing the nail surface properly are also needed in preparing the surface of the nails. Doing these will allow the polish to set firmly on the nails and create a better finish.
- Starting on a greasy nail surface. Though it is necessary to rehydrate the nails after filing and buffing, it is best to wait for the nails to be completely done before applying cuticle oil on the nail surface. Starting off with an oily surface will make it difficult for the nail polish formula to cling on the nails.
- Using an sns nails old polish. Though it is not totally true, still having a fresh nail coat other than what you have used for the past few months will leave a better-looking finish. You can still use the old polish only if it is still thin enough and can be applied without forming bubbles on your nails. If you do not have any other option but to use an old bottle of your favorite polish, make sure to thin out the formula first before using it. You also need to make sure that the nail paint has not passed its expiration date as its texture, consistency, as well as its color, may change if it does.
- Not using a base coat. The base coat acts like a primer and lengthens the wearability of your nail polish, so if you think that you can use just the nail color that you want and skip the base coat, think again. The base coat serves as an anchor and increases the adhesive property of the nail color on your nails.
- Not using the top coat. Just as the base coat is important to have perfectly polished nails, it is also necessary that a top coat is applied on the nails. Doing so will make the nails looking shinier and will prevent the edges of the nails from chipping off or breaking.
- Avoiding the cuticle area. When painting the nails, you need to get as close as possible to the cuticle without actually painting over it. To do this, apply a light pressure near the cuticle and gently spread the brush out. You would not want to go on a single stroke either as it may not be enough to cover the whole surface and might leave you an unevenly painted nail. Instead, you need to swipe from the left to the right then down the center to the tip of the nail to cover the whole surface evenly.
- Applying a thick coat at once. This will make it longer, if not possible for the nail paint to dry out. Instead, apply a thin and even coat and wait a couple of minutes before applying a second then a third coat (depending on the depth of the color that you want to have on your nails). Applying a thick coat will also increase the chance of smudging the edges of the nails near the skin. For a cleaner and easier application, apply a thin coat first. Then, just add additional coats to provide a more solid covering for your nails.
- Using an acetone remover. Using a nail polish remover with a high acetone content can easily dry and weaken nails and the skin surrounding the nail. There are other natural polish removers you can use to remove an old nail polish like hot water, toothpaste, baking soda, even a fresh polish. If you need to have your nails done next time, you can opt for alternatives than your regular acetone-based nail polish remover.
- Taking a shower after having a manicure or a pedicure. Ask any technician and you won’t hear anyone who would not advise of allowing the polish to rest properly before having a shower. That means overnight.
- Going to bed after having a manicure. Just like having a shower or having your hands under running water, going to bed after having your nails done will also ruin your manicure or pedicure. Allow a few hours to the polish is completely dry before doing so.