We always say nail polish application is a moment for you- a moment of relaxation. You shouldn’t focus too much on perfection but rather on the moment, reflecting and being present. Applying nail polish should be a stress-free process but many of us find ourselves stressing over doing the perfect job and getting a seamless mani. So to make your mani as stress-free as possible, we’re sharing some nail polish application tips!
Step 1: Prep your nails
To make your mani application easier we recommend you thoroughly clean your nails of any oils with a cotton pad and nail polish remover as well as tend to you cuticles by applying some cuticle oil and pushing your cuticles back with a flat side of a wooden stick.
Step 2: Apply your base coat
Clean the polish brush on the sides of the polish bottle allowing just enough base coat to stay on the brush. Apply a thin layer of base coat to each nail and allow it to dry for about 2 minutes.
Learn more about how long it takes nail polish to dry.
Step 3: Apply your nail polish
Before you even start applying, make sure you don’t have too much polish on your brush. Swipe one side of the polish brush on the side of the polish bottle leaving one side clean and the other with a layer of polish. The first step is almost like giving yourself a French mani. It involves lightly swiping the top of your brush against the tip of the nail.
Once you apply your first polish layer, make sure you allow enough time for it to dry. We recommended at least 2 minutes.
Step 4: Apply your second layer
After your first layer dries, repeat step 3 to make your nail polish more vibrant. After you apply your second layer of polish, allow another 2 minutes of drying time.
Step 5: Apply your top coat
After your polish dries a bit, apply a thin layer of your top coat and allow another 10-15 minutes to completely dry your mani.
And voila! You have a seamless mani on your hands!
If you want more of a visual demonstration, watch our video below for a step-by-step nail polish application!