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gingercat02 Fri 21-Oct-16 20:25:07

Boooring I know, but humour me!
I love having painted nails but can't wear any polish at work so it's not worth having them done for a couple of days.
How do I paint them neatly? No matter how hard I try I end up with as much on my fingers as my nails sad any tips hints welcome

chipsandpeas Fri 21-Oct-16 20:29:05

paint with a thin make up brush pva glue round your fingers avoiding the nails so when after you have painted your nails the pva glue will peel off your fingers with the unwanted nail varnish

or just wash your hands and peel the varnish off (i tend to do this)

EmmaMacGill Fri 21-Oct-16 20:33:39

Paint your dominant hand first.
Make sure you use a top coat to keep your nails neat
If you make a mess, wash your hands in hot water after your nails have dried and the paint will peel off the skin

MoonlightandMusic Fri 21-Oct-16 22:09:52

Sounds obvious but, keep the hand you're painting on a flat surface in good light.
For neatness, when you load the brush, start with the middle section of your nail, and don't go quite to the nail bed - push some of the excess nail polish down towards your cuticle instead. Should only take three strokes per nail, and possibly only one for your little fingers.

Definitely base coat and top coat too (Orly and OPI both have good ones). For clean-up, as the others have said, washing off just with soap/water is even easier the next day - I tend to do my nails at night, and then peel off any bits that did end up around the edges when showering next morning.

andadietcoke Fri 21-Oct-16 22:11:51

I do my own gel nails at home. I do the 'down the middle, push to the cuticle' method and the nice thing with gel is you can tidy up with an orange stick before you cure them.

RiverTam Fri 21-Oct-16 22:12:08

Rimmell used to do nail varnish that came with a really great, quite wide flat brush, which made such a difference. You can't get it anymore, which is a bit annoying.

I find painting my nails the night before I'm due to wash my hair works, as any varnish that gets in your fingers comes out when you get vigorous on your scalp. Works for me, anyway grin.

Cakescakescakes Fri 21-Oct-16 22:59:50

Barry M do a nail polish correction pen that I use to tidy up round the edges and cuticles.

CointreauVersial Fri 21-Oct-16 23:05:03

YY to the Barry M Correction Pen. Just wait until the polish is nearly dry before tidying it up (to avoid smudging the wet nails by mistake).

Use a decent topcoat, such as Seche Vite, so the polish dries super-quick.

Aliveinwanderland Fri 21-Oct-16 23:06:03

Rivertam Rommel polishes still have brushes like that. I bought 3 the other day and they all have a wide flat brush.

Aliveinwanderland Fri 21-Oct-16 23:06:22

Rimmel not Rommel!!

TheDisreputableDog Fri 21-Oct-16 23:17:02

Get a nail art brush to use as a clean up brush. Use that with some acetone to clean up anything where your hand wasn't steady enough.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 21-Oct-16 23:18:42

Tidy up with a cotton bud soaked in remover.

RiverTam Sat 22-Oct-16 09:22:51

Alive my autocorrect did that too. Yes, but that's in their gel polish, isn't it? Which I really don't want. They used to have it just in regular polish (it was a Kate Moss red one I had).

Spam88 Sat 22-Oct-16 09:33:41

The brush makes a huge difference - OPI are my favourites. I used to have a nail blog and paint my nail several times a week but still would end up with a mess with certain brands because of the shape of their brush.

I use a little brush dipped in acetone to clean up around my nails. You can buy cheap nail art brushes on eBay, or use something like a brow brush (something flat and firm)

gingercat02 Sat 22-Oct-16 09:34:48

Wow so many great ideas. They may seem obvious but not to me. I always do my left hand first and never on a hard surface blush
Will try all those application ideas and invest in a correction pen. I do try to pick off the bits at the edges but they still look a bit straggly at the edges. Thanks MN

Aliveinwanderland Sat 22-Oct-16 09:36:39

River the ones I bought the other day weren't gel. 2 were a 60 second dry variety and the other was a Katy Perry edition colour. All have the wider brush.

RiverTam Sat 22-Oct-16 11:54:02

Oh! Well now, that is exciting! Thank you, I shall go for a browse very soon!

PassThePeanutButter Sun 23-Oct-16 07:43:34

Does anyone know why my nail polish brush becomes sticky/'gunky' after a while? It's worse on opaque colours, not so bad on clearer ones.

Should I be cleaning my brushes? Does nail polish have a shelf life? I generally use Estée Lauder, Ciaté, etc.

dudsville Sun 23-Oct-16 07:55:24

Op, don't worry. Lotion your hands working into the cuticles. Towel Polish your nails to get excess lotion off your nails. Paint your nails. After they dry out more lotion on. Don't worry yet. In the morning after your shower put on hand lotion again. It should have come off your skin by now.

Spam88 Sun 23-Oct-16 09:49:14

peanutbutter one of the chemicals in nail polish evaporates off very easily so the nail polish gets thicker. Sounds obvious, but make sure you're doing the bottles up tightly. You can buy drops to replace the chemical and thin the polish back down (I like Seche Restore - can't remember the price but it last for absolutely ages, I think I bought my bottle in like 2012 and I've barely made a dent).

PassThePeanutButter Sun 23-Oct-16 15:20:15

Spam88 thank you- I had no idea such a product existed!
Threads like these is why I'm totally addicted to MN. smile

gingercat02 Sun 23-Oct-16 16:00:18

Spamthat's really useful, mine goes all gloopy too using nail polish remover is not good thanks.
Dudsville I always thought hand cream would stop the polish sticking well?

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