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This page contains tips for painting your fingernails. Going to a nail salon for a manicure may be tempting, but it is not required to have nicely painted nails. Here are some great tips to help you get professional results at home.


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October 27, 2009

Everyone likes to have painted, nice looking nails. It is very hard to paint your own nails but even when you ask someone to paint them for you, they don't always look good. Here are some tips on painting nails.

First always use the bathroom before painting nails. Then do your hands one at a time. Make sure that the hand is dry before you go on to the next. Let your nails dry completely before putting on the top coat.

When your nails are long, they can also break very easily when typing. Always use the palms of your finger nails. When you button and unbutton, be careful and remember to use the palms of your fingers.

Hope this helps because everyone should have nice looking nails even when they are on budget.

By Hannah

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful
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You have given some very good tips :-) Here's something more about applying polish. Do it in three strokes per nail and resist doing more strokes because the more you stroke the bigger the chances are that the polish will 'streak and/or clump' because the polish starts drying so quickly.


Make sure to have 'just the right amount for the size of the nail' on the brush and do the first stroke down the middle and then another on one side and the third on the other side without dipping in to the bottle again (this will take practice because the amount for each nail for each person varies) but if you do this you'll always have a nice even coat :-)

One more tip; Wait a couple of minutes between coats and that includes the base or top coat :-)

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful
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Only thing I would add to above is that when I learned the three stroke method, it was to do exactly the same but the outsides first and finish with stroke down the middle. I also have been doing my own nails for over 55 years and have always been complimented on them.


Tried professional manicures twice and they didn't begin to compare with my own techniques. Using a "quick dry' finish gives an extra boost to my manicures, too.

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I have found that the best way to dry your nails is to spray them after you're finished with those sprays one uses for cooking like Pam. I find it works wonderfully well.

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July 21, 20140 found this helpful
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I have trouble sitting still long enough for them to dry. I like to apply polish just after I get into the car. That way I won't be tempted to do any little last minute chores.

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August 16, 2013

Having your nails done at a salon is very expensive. However, trying to get those stunning results at home may seem impossible. This is a page about nail art tips and techniques.

Beautifully painted nails.

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June 4, 2012

This page contains nail polish drying tips and tricks. Keeping that nail polish untouched before it's completely dry can be a challenge.

Nail Polish Drying Tips

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