Nail hacks for gorgeous nails – always!

You don’t always have the time to visit your beauty salon, and that’s understandable…. but who can stand messy looking nails? Here are a few hacks to use when you are doing your nails at home. Prim, proper and polished…. that’s all you want.

1- Line your nails with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) before painting them. That makes for an easy cleanup. This creates a barrier between the polish and your skin so that after you’ve painted your nails, you can wipe off the Vaseline and any polish mistakes along with it.

2- To prevent the tips of your painted nails from chipping, paint two basecoat layers: one on the top half of your nail and the second coat over the entire nail. Paint the first layer of your basecoat polish on the top half portion of your nails only. After your nails have dried, paint a second coat of polish, but this time cover the entire nail as you normally would. This technique will help the polish on the tips of your nails last longer.

3- Use a white nail polish as your basecoat to make your nail color pop. Unless your polish is super opaque, the natural tint of your fingers will change the color of your polish. To get the paint’s true color, add a layer of white nail polish first, and then go over it with your colored polish.

4- Use the tip of a pencil eyeliner to place tiny nail art accessories like rhinestones on your nails when your fingers or tweezers are too big to grab and place tiny jewels.

5- Create a French manicure with ease by looping a rubber band around your fingertip. Take a rubber band and tie it in the middle. Loop one end over your thumb to create tension on the band, and align the other end over the top of your nail and just below the edge to create the French tip shape. Use the edge of the rubber band as a guide, and paint the tip of your nail.

6- Mix loose pigments with clear polish to make a custom nail shade. Pour a little bit of eyeshadow pigment into a spoon, and then add a little bit of clear polish to it. Mix it all together with a cotton swab, grab a brush, and try out your new color.

7- Make your nail polish dry faster by soaking your nails in ice water after painting them.

8- Spray nonstick cooking spray on your nails to help the polish dry faster. Hold the can a few centimeters away, and spray your nails evenly. Wait a few minutes, and then wash the oily residue off your hands.

9- If you accidentally smudge almost-dry nails, try readjusting the paint with the tip of your tongue instead of your finger. Your tongue is just soft enough to fix the paint without leaving any imprints.

10- Spread petroleum jelly around the lid of the bottle before closing it to prevent the polish from drying shut. This will make it easier to open the next time and prevent it from sealing shut.

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