1.The Proper Preparation
Getting your nails appropriately prepped is one of the most important things that will help your manicure last for a long time. First, if you have nail polish on, use a nail polish remover to remove any nail polish from your nails. Then, use a nail file to shape your nails.
This is a very common mistake. When you are shaping your nails, don’t file back and forth. It can make your tips jagged and more likely to break. File only in one direction.
3. Not a Pro? Don’t Trim!
If you’re not a professional, it is not recommended to trim your cuticles. The cuticle area is very sensitive and you may cause damage if you’re not using tools correctly. Instead, use an orange stick to push your cuticles back gently. After doing this, apply cuticle removing gel (using the manufacturer instructions) and gently remove the dead skin from your nail plate and the cuticle area. After you’re done, wipe off the remaining gel and wash your hands. (It is important to remove the cuticle removing gel entirely before the next step.)
4.Vinegar? Yes! It’s Not a Mistake!
Before applying any polish on your nails, you need to make sure your nails are clean and free of oils. You can use a Q-tip dipped in white vinegar to remove any excess oils from your nails. If you don’t want to use white vinegar, you can use isopropyl alcohol instead.
5.No to Ice Water
This is one of the tips that I actually tried, but it just didn’t worked for me! Don’t soak your hands in ice water. Long exposure to water can actually damage your nails and may be the cause for dry, splitting nails.
6.It’s All About The Base
Using base coat is super important not only because it will actually make your manicure last longer, but it also will prevent your natural nail from staining when you’re using dark colors such as red and black. I recommend using the sticky base coats because the color polish sticks to them and they actually will help your manicure to last.
7.Don’t Make This Mistake!
I see so many people make this mistake over and over again! They will shake the nail polish bottle before use. The right way to actually do it is to roll the nail polish between your hands. That way, you will get an even layer with absolutely no bubbles.