If you’re like me, your nails probably aren’t that great. I’ve been trying to get better at them lately, but I still don’t know much about the process. That’s why I’m writing this! Hopefully it’ll help you out as well.
- Use a nail buffer. Buff your nails to remove any ridges and smooth out the surface of your nail bed.
- File away any sharp edges or jagged hangnails, then shape them into a rounded tip with an emery board or similar tool.
- Push back cuticles with either a cuticle pusher or an orange stick (a wooden stick that you can buy at any drugstore).
- Trim excess skin around the base of your nail using either small scissors or a clipper if there’s too much to push back manually without hurting yourself!
apply base coat.
Base coat is a thin layer of polish that you apply to your nails before any other color. It helps to strengthen and protect the nail, making it less likely to break or chip. You can also use base coat as a way to prep the nail for the next steps in your manicure process: it creates an even surface on which you can paint your designs without getting uneven lines or smudges!
Base coats come in different formulas depending on what kind of look you’re going for–some contain glitter, some don’t; some are thicker than others–but all of them should be applied just like regular polish: with two thin layers (and maybe another one if necessary).
paint nails in any color you like!
So, you want to paint your nails? Well, you’re in luck! Painting your nails is easy and fun. You can pick any color you like and apply it using a brush or sponge. Or maybe mix up two colors for an unexpected effect. You can use any brand of nail polish–or even make your own!
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get painting!
wait for the polish to dry.
You can speed up the process by using a blow dryer, but be careful not to burn yourself or melt your polish. If you want to use one, make sure it’s on low heat and keep it at least an inch away from your nails. Don’t touch the nails while they are drying; this will smudge them and ruin all that hard work!
You may have noticed that some nail polishes are thicker than others–and some even come in different consistencies from brand to brand. If yours is too thick, simply add more thinner until it’s just right for painting with (you’ll know when). On the other hand, if yours is too thin then add more base coat/top coat until it has reached its ideal thickness for application purposes (again: this will become apparent after trying out different things).
add a second layer of any color you like!
Now that you’ve got your base color, it’s time to add a second layer of any color you like! Wait for this layer to dry before moving on to the next step.
- Add a third layer of your favorite color! (Like the blue!)
wait for second layer to dry.
Once you have applied your second layer of polish, wait for it to dry. This can take up to 10 minutes depending on how thickly you applied the first coat and whether or not you used a top coat (if so, this will speed up the drying process). If you don’t let your nails dry between layers, they’ll end up looking streaky. And if they’re not completely dry when adding a third layer of polish? Well then they might crack or chip!
add a third layer of your favorite color! (like the blue!)
Add a third layer of your favorite color! (like the blue!)
Now that you have two layers of your base color on, it’s time to add the third layer. This can be any of the colors in your rainbow and should be one that you would like to see peeking through the other colors. If you want more blue in this look, then use more blue!
wait for third layer to dry completely. then apply your top coat! (which will give it an extra shine!)
Now, wait for the third layer of polish to dry completely. Once it’s dry, you can apply your top coat! This will give it an extra shine!
Now that you know how to do it, go ahead and try it yourself! The best part about rainbow nails is that they’re really easy to do. You don’t need any special tools or fancy equipment; all you need is some polish and time–and if you mess up along the way (which we all do), no worries! Just wipe off your nail with nail polish remover before starting over again from step one. Have fun with this project and remember: there are no rules when it comes