How to Perfectly Paint Your Nails at Home

Zeina Tawfik
6/21/20, 12:00 AM

Sometimes you just get too busy to even book an appointment at your nail salon, but don't you worry, because you can easily learn how to paint your nails perfectly at home. I know that many women complain that they can't paint their own nails, without making a mess! However, with some painting nails tips and tricks, you can master how to paint your nails at home like a professional, even with your non-dominant hand. So come on, read along to know how to apply nail polish like a pro.

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How to apply nail polish perfectly:

1. Prep the nails

Start with clean nails! Make sure your nails are clipped, filed and free of any nail polish residues.

2. Clean the nails perfectly

Wash your hands with a gentle soap, and then dry your nails very well afterwards. You can also give the nails a spritz of alcohol or wipe them w acetone so they're completely free from any oils. 

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3. Smoothing the nails and the base coat

Always apply a base coat. It protects your nails and prevents your nail polish from chipping. If your nails have ridges, apply a ridge filling base coat. You can also buff them well to create a smooth base. 

4. Coat 1

Now wait for a couple of minutes, and then start applying the first coat of your chosen nail polish color.

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5. How to paint the nails

Here comes a trick to perfectly paint your nails... Use three even strokes to apply your nail polish, starting with the center of your nail, then to the left and to the right.

6. Thin layers!

As you dip the nail polish brush into the bottle, make sure you're not taking out a huge amount of polish. The thicker the layer you apply, the faster it will be smudged!

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7. Coat 2

Wait for a couple of minutes so the first layer is somewhat dry, and then apply a second coat of nail polish for maximum color coverage.

8. Clean off the excess

Another trick to perfectly paint your nails, is that you don't need to have it all neat! You can use nail polish remover and an old lip brush or cotton swab when you're done, to clean any excess if you color outside the lines.

9. Top coat

Finish off by applying a top coat, which will help your nail polish to dry faster, look shinier and last longer.

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10. How to paint your nails with your other hand

Done with painting your non-dominant hand, and think the other one will be a hassle? Here's the ultimate tip to help you perfectly paint your nails... Instead of moving the nail polish brush with your non-dominant hand, keep it still, and move your other hand back and forth.

Also check out this video, which has amazing tips on how to pain your nails with your other hand...


Main Image Credits: Instagram @opi


You'll find everything you need to know to make your nails look pretty in our Nails section here.


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