In keeping with my post here, I've decided to get back into the habit of doing more editorials here on The Made Up Maiden. I'd almost forgotten how much fun they are! One thing I get asked for by a lot of readers on my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and in real life are tips on how I manage to get my manicures and nail art done, so here are some handy tips that I hope you'll find as useful as I do!
|More photos of this manicure here.|
1) Finding the lid of your favourite polish jammed shut? Hold it under hot water or immerse it in a bowl of hot water to help loosen the lid.
2) This photo from Nailed-It perfectly demonstrates the technique I use when painting my nails. If you follow it well, you'll never have a problem with painting your nails! Remember, practice makes perfect, so if you fail, try and try again!
Keep reading after the jump!
|(Sourced from Nailed-It)|
4) To get the best coverage with glitter polishes, dab, don't paint. This will allow you to get better distribution of glitter over the entire nail. If necessary, you can also use a toothpick/cuticle stick to get the glitter pieces where you want it to go.
5) While still on the topic of glitter polishes...hate removal? Use a peel-off/PVA base coat (you can also use art glue instead, obtainable from most craft shops).
|This is what the aftermath of a peel-off base coat looks like!|
7) Find that your favourite polish is getting a little gluggy? Add a little polish thinner, like Seche Vite Restore. Alternatively, you can also add a little clear polish to the bottle to thin it out.
8) Don't shake your polish bottle before applying, it creates bubbles that might make application harder. Roll the bottle between your palms instead!
9) Got a smudged fingernail? Lick your fingertip and then gently smooth it over the smudge, you'll find that it helps even out the finish!
10) Common household items can be a great way to cheat your way to some nail art! Use a hole-punch reinforcer to cheat your way to an easy half-moon manicure, and use tape to cheat your way to a French manicure or other nail art. Bobby pins can also be used to create dotticures if you don't have any dotting tools. My personal favourite is to use cling foil (tutorial here).
11) Find that you often get polish smeared on your cuticles after application? Clean up with a clean cotton bud dipped in acetone/polish remover. You can also use a fine tipped brush like an old eyeliner/lip brush!
12) When you're finished with your manicure, don't forget to use your topcoat to seal it in. Invest in a good fast-drying topcoat like Poshé, Seche Vite or Nicka K. These are the ones I can personally vouch for, plus the Nicka K is an absolute bargain if you can get your hands on it! These literally dry your polish in seconds, which means you can do your nails, grab your keys, and run out the door without ruining your manicure. It also makes nail art super easy as you don't need to wait for the polish base layer to dry before working on your design. Quick drying drops like the OPI Drip Dry Drops are another alternative but I still find the fast-drying topcoats work much better.
13) Don't forget to wrap the ends of your nails (not the cuticle side) to prevent early tip wearing. After you've applied your topcoat, run the brush horizontally over the edge of the nail to seal it in.
14) If you can't get your hands on a fast-drying topcoat, plunge your hands under ice water instead. This might be a lot more uncomfortable but works almost as well!
If you're looking for some nail art ideas, how about taking a peek at this piece?
What do you think of these hacks, lovelies? Have you any other tips you swear by? If so, please share them in the comments!