8 Common Mistakes You Make While Polishing Your Nails


The application of nail polish has its origins in China. Colors like gold and silver, and later red and black found favor with the royals. In Egypt, the color of one’s nails indicated one’s social status. Lower classes wore pale colors, whereas the upper classes wore brighter colors. The French manicure, which originated in Paris, is designed to mimic natural nails. It is still very popular among women for a classic look.

Trends in nail polish art are evolving with every passing day. But, the basics of applying nail polish do not change.  You can give salon-quality manicure to your nails. You don’t need to be a professional manicurist to do a great job painting your nails but we fail to prolong the life of our manicures because we are unaware of some of the common mistakes that we make while polishing our nails.

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1. Applying nail polish to dirty nails

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Nail polish does not stay too long on dirty nails, apart from ruining the final look. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and some mild liquid soap to clean the edges of your nails as well as underneath it. Dirt and oil particles that cling to the nail make it difficult for nail polish to adhere to it.

2. Forgetting to remove grease

Before applying nail polish, you should prepare your nails to retain the polish by swabbing them with an acetone nail polish remover. This ensures that all traces of grease and moisture are removed from the surface of the nail. If an acetone-based remover tends to dry your nails too much, an ethyl acetate-based remover is recommended.

3. Omitting the use of base coat

The function of the base coat is to provide a sticky surface for the nail polish, to strengthen the nail, to prevent the pigment of the polish to make direct contact with the nail, and to add moisture to the nail. It also provides the appearance of a smooth nail surface by filling in any ridges on the nail plate. Long-term use of colored polish without applying a base coat causes yellowing of nails.

4. Not using the correct application techniques

Women tend to apply nail polish in one stroke. Instead, it should be applied in three or four strokes’ one stroke down the middle of the nail starting from the cuticle, and the remaining strokes down the sides. The first coat should be dry before a second coat is applied. You should not apply a thick layer of polish as it causes smudging and peeling.

5. Not applying a top coat

Once nail polish has been applied, a top coat is used to prolong the life of the color. It prevents chipping, cracking, and peeling of the nail color. It also helps the polish to dry faster. A slow-setting top coat is said to be better than the quick-drying ones because it affords more protection. You can touch up your nails with a quick-drying top coat at regular intervals after a manicure to ensure that the nail polish stays longer. Apply a layer of quick-dry topcoat to prolong your manicure and increase shine.

6. Cutting cuticles before applying nail polish

Cuticles protect the nails from germs and infection, so cutting them before applying nail polish is not useful. Instead, they can be softened with cuticle lotion and then gently pushed back with a cuticle pusher. Cuticle trimmers should be used only for loose skin near the base of the nails.

7. Filing nails back and forth

When filing nails, the emery board should be used only in one direction’ from the edge of the nail to the center. If you push the emery board back and forth, you risk causing damage to your nails. Shredding and peeling are commonly seen due to this harmful practice.

8. Applying old nail polish

Nail polish contains several ingredients such as plasticizers, pigments, adhesive polymers, thickening agents, and ultraviolet stabilizers. These chemicals are active only for a certain period of time. As the nail polish gets older, the solvent evaporates leaving the polish thick and stringy. This makes it difficult to apply and the polish does not stay on the nail for very long. You should throw away nail polishes that are more than a year old.

Nail polish removers with acetone dehydrate the nail and surrounding cuticle also avoid going to bed right after applying polish. Always leave a hairs-width between the polish and the cuticle

Women also tend to leave on nail polish for too long. It presents an unkempt appearance and it is unhealthy as well. Nail polish should be re-applied every other week to maintain its color. You should also leave your nails unpainted every few months to allow them to breathe. A little care can go a long way in maintaining healthy and shiny nails.

Author Bio :

Nelson Homes is a blogger for Hall and Wrye. For more information visit hallandwrye.com/face/eyelid-lift-blepharoplasty.htm He likes to blog for beauty and skin care related topics. In his free time likes to research on various cosmetic surgery procedures.


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