Nothing adds a finishing touch to a woman's appearance like freshly lacquered nails. Nail polish is easy to apply and fun to use and comes in an incredible array of colors! Gone are the days when the only colors available were red and shades of pink. Now women of all ages can express their individuality with the stroke of a brush!
Things You Will NeedClean, dry hands with well groomed cuticles and nails
Fresh nail polish in the color(s) of your choice
Fast drying, clear top coat
Fifteen minutes to half an hour
Step 1Always begin by shaking the bottle of colored polish vigorously to completely mix the contents. You'll want to hear the little mixing ball that's inside of the bottle agitating freely.
Step 2Next, open the bottle and wipe one side of the brush free of polish on the side of the bottle. Apply the other side of the brush to the center of one of your larger nails using a smooth, even motion from the base of the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Continue to paint in this manner, moving out to either side of your initial stroke, dipping the applicator into the bottle of polish as necessary.
Step 3Continue, taking your time, until all of the nails are painted. Allow to dry at least five minutes between coats, or until a nail can be touched lightly without smearing. Apply at least two coats. The more coats you apply (within reason) the longer the polish, when dry, will withstand chipping.
Step 4Finish with a coat or two of fast drying top coat, which will add extra shine as well as protection.
Step 5Be careful with your nails for the next couple of hours!! It's a good idea to polish them just before you engage in an activity that doesn't require the use of your fingers, such as watching a movie. Once the lacquer has hardened, it will be virtually permanent for a week or longer.
Don't be afraid to be creative with your nails! There are all sorts of "extras" available if you want a special look, but sometimes you can make a statement just by painting every other finger a different color, or one hand one color and the other hand another. Have fun and enjoy the feeling of having pretty nails!