While a perfectly-maintained manicure is a must-have, sometimes you just don't have the time to sit in the salon for an hour. Save yourself the trip (and the cash!), and give yourself a perfect DIY manicure. Here are some do-it-yourself manicure dos and don'ts that will result in a salon-worthy service.
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Protect your nails from getting polish stains by applying a thin layer of clear base coat. This will also help your polish last longer and help you avoid a streaky finish.
Use an old, gloppy or thick base coat that could result in your polish chipping off before the life of the manicure expires.
Gently roll the nail polish in your palms to distribute color before slicking on a coat.
Shake the bottle, as it could cause bubbles in the polish, and thus, on your nails.
Apply two coats of polish for an even, smooth look.
Apply the coats one after another. Allow the first coat to dry completely before layering on the second coat of color.
Finish with a thin layer of top coat to protect your polish.
...forget the power of the top coat. It can help liven up your polish mid-week if you're not yet ready for a polish change. Though, with this season's drool-worthy colors, you may be ready for a polish change before your top coat even has time to do its work!
Wait patiently for your polish to dry completely.
Blow on your nails to dry the polish or you could end up with bubbles in your polish that will ultimately end in chips.
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