How to Paint Your Nails

If you are like most girls (or guys), your home fingernail polish only lasts a day before it starts to chip.

As a cosmetologist, I can get you to enjoy your nail job up to a week, with some expertise.

The trick is to dehydrate the nail before painting. With rubbing alcohol or acetone, use a cotton pad to wet each nail thoroughly, then let dry about five seconds.

This removes any oily barriers between your nails and your polish, and gets it to stick.

Apply a polish in a color that flatters your skin tone: cool skin looks best in blue-based pinks, reds, whites and purples, while warm skin needs fire: any color with orange or golden hues in it.

Use a thin amount and paint a stripe down the middle of your nail. Repeat on each side so that each nail only gets three swipes of a thin layer of polish.

Let dry for two to five minutes, and repeat. The only way to get painted nails that dry completely is to be sure each swipe is thin. Any thick polish swipes will ruin your manicure job.

After you have applied two coats of color and let dry, finish with a thin layer of clear coat polish, applied in exactly the same way.

Once your clear top coat dries, work a small amount of cuticle oil or nut butter into your cuticles immediately, and twice a day. This helps prevent hangnails.

Dehydrating your nails prior to application, and painting in thin stripes is the best way to get your nails to last over five days before chipping.

Whether you are in quarantine, on a budget, or simply prefer to do your own nails, this method is tried and true-it works every time!

Rebecca Schembri is a Writer and Published Hair and Makeup Artist from Reno, Nevada, USA