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Buff and prime!
Prepping is so important to the end result of your manicure.
It will not only make it last DAYS longer but it’ll also help the look of your nails.
Buff your tips with a basic buffing tool to smooth ridges, then use a nail
primer for super sleekness.
Sephora Collection 3-Step Ergo Buffer, $6, sephora.com
Multitask like a pro
Paint one hand at a time and let dry fully, then do the
other. This may seem like a silly step but if you’re at home painting your
nails while watching TV, nevvvver do both hands at once. If you do just one,
you can use the other hand to scratch your face/text/change the
channel…ultimately making it WAY less likely that you’re going to smudge. Takes
a little longer, but totally worth it in the end.
Paint inside the lines
Clean up edges with an angled eyeliner brush tip dipped in
polish remover. Alternative: pointed Q-tips you can snag at any drugstore. You
can do some detailing right on the edges and near the cuticle for a super neat
finish—it’s what the pros do.
Q-tips Precision Tips Cotton Swabs, $4, walgreens.com
De-lump your polish
Invest in some nail polish thinner, its super affordable and
will save you loads in the long run when you’re not replacing all your polish.
If you find that your fave new fall red that you saved up for is thick and
lumpy, add some thinner and you’re saved!
Seche Restore Restoration Thinner, $5, walgreens.com
Prime and seal
Always use a base and topcoat for a professional manicure at
home. Psst: There’s also such thing as a 2-in-1 base and topcoat you can use
for both. If you’re a mani-fanatic, invest in a nice topcoat and base, it makes
your paint job look smooth, shiny and last way longer.
Left: Ridge Filling Base Coat, $8, ulta.com
Right: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, $6, drugstore.com
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