Step one. Nail polish remover.
|Here I am using the 'clean off' nail varnish remover from Boots' own range|
So this is the very last thing you'd think you'd need when it came to painting your nails. But it infact helps. Have you ever wondered why nail artists soak your hands in a little bowl before they give you a manicure? Truth is, it removes the natural oil that builds up on your hands. This oil, over time, eats away at your polish and you end up with chips.
Even if you aren't wearing nail varnish, never miss out this crucial step as it helps get rid of the excess of oil.
Step two. Base coat.
|Here I am using the 'base coat, top coat and nail hardener' from Barry M|
To help your nail polish stick to your nails better you need to use a base coat first.
A base coat will help smooth out the surface of your nail creating a great base for your nail colour.
Step three. Colour.
|Here I am using the Maybelline Colour Show nail polish in 'urban coral'|
Step four. Top coat.
Similarly to the colour layer. Do two thin coats of top coat instead of one thick one. This again will cut down the total drying time, but will also give a better finish to the nails.
Step five. Be patient.
Now you could have followed me step by step. But this one is probably the most crucial. If you don't wait patiently all your hard work and efforts can be ruined!
Its recommended to leave your nails alone for 45 minutes in order to allow the nails to dry properly.
So sit back, watch TV, read a magazine and just relax for 45 minutes.
Step six. Finishing touches.
Once 45 minutes is up, go rinse (gently!) your nails in cold water. Allow them to air dry and then put on your favourite hand cream.