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Pating My Nails __FULL__



This article was co-authored by Mia Rubie. Mia Rubie is a Nail Artist and the Owner of Sparkle San Francisco, a nail studio based in San Francisco, California. She has over eight years of nail artist and management experience and is known for her push-the-envelope designs and artistic eye for colors. Her clients include Sephora, Target, and Vogue. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and StyleCaster. She holds a BBA focusing on Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations from San Francisco State University. You can find her work on her Instagram account @superflynails.There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.wikiHow marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. This article has 16 testimonials from our readers, earning it our reader-approved status. This article has been viewed 1,928,050 times.




Pating my nails



Perfectly painted nails can express your mood, match your outfit, and reflect your personality, especially now that there are so many amazing colors to choose from. You can go with classic red, happy yellow, creative green, mysterious purple, shiny blue, and much more. With all this excitement, it's easy to forget the fact that painting your own nails (without making a mess) can be tricky. Read on to find out the best way to achieve beautifully polished nails at home, and you may never have to get a professional manicure again!


So we took matters into our own hands and asked every top nail artist for their most life-changing tips. The good news: We got a lot out of them. Grab your favorite nail polish color and read on for how to paint your nails, the right way.


To get a great manicure at home, do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. That means starting with a good nail polish remover. Even if you don't have polish on, you'll still want to run a cotton ball of remover over each nail to get rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish.


We know, we know, it's yet another step, but it really does make all the difference. Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping. Then chill for a few. Nail guru Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie, recommends waiting two full minutes between each coat, starting with the base coat. Try Essie Here to Stay to lock color on and keep it from staining your nails.


If your nails are looking a little worn or rough, bring them back to life with ridge filler. Nail artist Naomi Yasuda paints one coat of OPI Infinite Shine Ridge Filler onto each nail for a matte, neutral finish that makes nails look smooth and clean.


Speaking of glitter, did you know there are now peel-off base coats that work wonders for removing tough-to-get-off textures? They're particularly game-changing if you want a little sparkle on the weekends but can't show up to the office on Monday with your nails looking like a Katy Perry concert. Try UNT Ready for Takeoff Peelable Base Coat.


How to paint your nails - this is something everyone knows how to do, right? Nope!This is a skill I only recently learned how to do properly. I've never been too into painting my nails, but I think that was because I was going about it all wrong. ;)After extensive months of googling, youtubing and practicing, I feel confident enough to share my nail painting knowledge. :DOnce you know how to paint your nails the right way you'll probably want to do it more often!


It's also always best to paint your nails on a well lit, clean and flat surface. I never have any luck painting my nails when my hand is not resting on a flat surface. You get the wobbles, which leads to getting nail polish alllll over your finger.


Instead, try this trick:Touch your polished nails together - if they stick to each other at all, they are not dry yet. If they don't feel tacky at all, they're dry and ready for another coat!


I sincerely thank you for your awesome and easy to follow tutorial. I've never painted my own nails. My mother used to paint them for me from when I was 13-15, and a few times when I was even younger. I'm 28 and never got around to learning, but bought some polish and kept getting bumps in the paint. This was extremely useful in understanding what I was doing wrong, and I'm confident that with a bit of practice, I'm going to love painting my nails!


" convince your cats they are not allowed to help you paint your nails " hahhaha so funny, but so true! It is also true for dogs :) I loved your Instructable, big hug from Argentina to you and your lovely white cat!


My older sister kept a bubblegum pink polish in the medicine cabinet. The first time I painted one of my nails, all I could manage was one shaky brushstroke on my left middle finger, which I quickly wiped off before it could dry, harden, become a part of me.


Twenty years earlier, my sister bribed me with one-hundred pennies and a fistful of sea glass to let her slip me into a white dress, paint my lips red, and tuck a flower behind my ear. (I was five, and probably would have done it for free, but the bribe provided convenient pretext.) She stopped short of painting my nails because this was only supposed to be a quick gag, easy to undo.


So once you get the colored part of the painting process done, if you care at all about having it last, the top coat is the single most critical part of a good DIY manicure. They usually harden faster than lacquers, so they create a protective barrier while whatever is underneath it really dries. This is the only way to stop imprints of your bedsheets getting pressed into your nails.


"I was like what do you mean? Like you don't want to paint your nails? He was like 'No, my teacher says it's just for girls,'" Shearhod told "Good Morning America" of his conversation with his son. "He seemed upset by it --like it was something he's always enjoyed doing."


\"I was like what do you mean? Like you don't want to paint your nails? He was like 'No, my teacher says it's just for girls,'\" Shearhod told \"Good Morning America\" of his conversation with his son. \"He seemed upset by it --like it was something he's always enjoyed doing.\"


Soon, there were others: A man in a pizza shop in Portland pulled me out of line to say something nice about the silver color I wore; a nurse swabbing me for COVID peeled off one rubber glove to compare her color to mine; countless cashiers ask me if I paint my own nails as I hand them my card.


What's helped me to have calm, non-picking hands is being fanatical about preventing dry skin and hangnails, keeping my nails cut short, and keeping my nails painted. When my hands look good I want to keep them looking good so I take care of them. It's a very beneficial positive feedback loop! I used to feel a little self-conscious about always having short nails. But then I heard an interview with Bobbi Brown who shared that she always wears her nails short with red polish. If makeup maven Bobbi Brown says it's classy then it's classy. (And plus it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks anyway!)


I'm settling into a routine of painting my nails once per week. With the products I use my polish is just starting to chip on the day or day before I paint my nails. I think that's really good for an at-home non-gel manicure! I'm currently obsessed with Expressie nail polish, the quick dry polish from Essie. Before discovering this polish (thanks to my friend, Allyson) I would sit and sit and sit to let my nails dry and still they would smudge. It drove me crazy! I do not have hours to sit and literally watch paint dry. Enter Expressie. It's dry in half an hour or less and then I can get on with my life with beautiful nails.


+ I paint my nails once a week after the kids go to bed. I set up everything I need at our breakfast table where there is good overhead light. While I'm painting my nails I watch something on Netflix. This is really the only time I watch any shows so it's an extra treat.


+ I keep my nails really short, which helps me not pick at my cuticles, so after removing last week's polish I trim my nails and file them. I also sometimes use a cuticle remover cream and trim any dry cuticle skin.


+ Before I start painting my nails, I pour a capful of nail polish remover and put two Q-tips in it. That way I can easily remove any polish "mistakes" as soon as they happen. This is a genius tip I learned from Meagan of The Mom Hour! 041b061a72


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