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After being a nail biter all my life I have finally managed to stop over the last few months and they are now at a nice length.
I've found that by always having varnish on it stops me biting. My problem is that I can't seem to put it on without getting tiny bits on the surrounding bits. It's only noticeable close up but I know they are there!
Hi, best not to go to close to the edges but that gets better with practice. If I do get any on the edges I just wipe it round with a dry cuticle stick. (you can get cheap packs of those in boots etc and I just keep one just for this)
Polish quality really does depend on the makes, on the cheaper brands Barry M is fab and has lots of good colours, they quite oftern to 2 for £5 or only £2.99 each, also GOSH in superdrug is good, but if you want a splurge then OPI is the best for unusual colours and the glitters they do are second to none. You can usually get OPI at a salon or some John lewis stores do them too.
My other tip is to always use a base coat as this protects your nails from damage and staining and also helps the polish stay on. For the best finish I always use a top coat as it makes the polish super shiny and lasts longer, if you also get a top coat with a quick dry in it to you can be out the door with touch dry nails in 10 mins!