A Manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, pushing and clipping any non-living tissue, treatments, massage of the hand, and the application of fingernail polish. A chipped manicure or a broken nail can break any girls heart. Women are out to conquer the world, then why let this minor bump in the road stop you for looking bomb all day long. To save your time we have rounded up six manicure mistakes you’re doing. So stop blaming the nail paint! Instead, ask yourself if you have committed any of these mistakes. If you nod your head at any point on this list, then you have your answer-
Don’t apply too many coats
Applying thick coats of nail paint puts you one step closer to destroying your perfect manicure. Slapping on layers of polish will increase your chances of getting smudges and nicks as the paint will take much longer to dry completely. To avoid such accidents, apply thin coats of the paint to
Avoid hot water
If you’re looking for a manicure that lasts, then avoid contact with hot water for at least six hours after getting a manicure. Hot water can ruin your hard work. So, wear gloves while doing water related chores and save your polish from chipping.
On the other hand, cold water will be your savior. Dip your nails into a bowl of ice water for 1-2 minutes. This will set and dry your polish in a matter of minutes.
Don’t shake the bottle
DO NOT shake your bottle before applying the nail paint. Shaking creates air bubbles which should always be avoided if you’re looking for an immaculate manicure. When air gets trapped inside the bottle, it creates froth making your nails chip faster.
Instead of shaking, roll your bottle in your hands and see the difference.
Don’t skip the base coat
Just like a good primer can keep your makeup looking flawless every day, using a base coat will provide the same service to your nails. A layer of base coat can easily extend the wear of your manicure by at least a couple of days.
Soaking a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and applying to your nails before the base coat will help in sealing the natural oils and giving an even finish to your manicure.
Don’t cut your cuticles
Cutting your cuticles is a major health risk. Even beauty experts agree that cuts can easily get infected and it’s not an ideal to commit this sin. Rather, push them back using cuticle pusher tool. This will prevent the paint from sticking to the cuticles which can heft the polish from the nail bed and cause chipping.
If you don’t have a cuticle oil handy, make your own using a combination of olive and coconut oil. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture. Apply your homemade oil directly to your cuticles and gently massage.