How to paint your nails fast and nice, every time!

It has been a while since I did a beauty tutorial. With the move to the new online home, I have been so busy playing catch-up!

One thing I get a lot of compliments on is my nails. I always get told they look so great and people ask me who does them and are usually surprised to find I do them myself.

Now, today, I am not wearing any acrylics and my nails are shorter than I like, but I wanted to show you all how I do them! Please bear with me as the closeups on my nails reveal my dry cuticles 😉

  • Make sure your nails are clean and dry. Remove any old polish.
  • Rub a bit of lotion on your hands and fingers. This will help keep nail polish from sticking. Make sure you use a cotton ball dipped in polish remover to get it off your nails though
  • Start at the base, near the cuticle and draw horizontally, very gently along the base of your nail. Gently roll the nail with your brush to glide the polish on.
  • Make a line from the middle, and draw upwards.
  • Fill in the sides with the same upwards stride.
  • Wait completely for first coat to dry. Then, apply second coat by making same vertical lines upwards. (the “bump” on the right side of my nail is actually a lighting issue, not a bulge of nail polish or anything)
  • To do a nifty design, I like to use skewer sticks. I know that is silly, but they have a nice pointy end and can allow you to make nice designs if you don’t have a nail art brush handy. Simply dip them into your polish color of choice, making sure to scrape off excess into bottle.
  • I made little clouds on my Essie “Bikini So Teeny” polish. I did this by making small dots and joining them together.

I hope this was helpful!



3 Replies to “How to paint your nails fast and nice, every time!”

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  2. Ah, I didn’t know you were suppose to start in the middle. I guess that’s why they never look good.Great idea with the skewers too.

    1. I don’t know how nail techs do it really, but the middle always works for me. Another great tool for nails in a mechanical pencil 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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