Have you always admired the nails of other people? You may feel like your nails just do not look as good, but that does not mean you cannot have pretty nails, too. In fact, a simple step-by-step process will leave you with fingernails that look healthy, polished, and pristine.
Remove Old Polish
The first step to having nails that look good is to remove any old, chipped polish that you might still have on your fingernails. The chipped polish on your fingernails is not going to look so good, so make sure to remove it with nail polish remover and then quickly buff the nails to get rid of any difficult pieces of polish that are hard to get off.
Start the Trimming and Filing Process
Once your nails are no longer covered in old polish, start trimming them with a good set of clippers. You do not need to go too short. Simply make sure that each fingernail is properly aligned because you do not want to have some long nails and some short ones. After you use the clippers, use a file to shape the nails to the shape you like most. Rinse your hands after filing to get rid of tiny dust particles that may be all over your hands.
Take Care of Those Cuticles
Before applying your polish, you need to take care of those cuticles. There are cuticle remover tools available that you can use to get rid of the cuticles. You can also apply an oil to the cuticles to make them feel and look softer and smoother. Even if you do not have special cuticle oil at home, you can always use almond oil or even coconut oil on your cuticles.
Choose the Perfect Polish
The next step involves choosing the perfect polish. Stick with a brand that is known for its quality because then the application will go on smoother, the color will look more vibrant, and the polish will last a lot longer. Pick any color that you prefer. If you are worried about getting polish on your skin while painting your fingernails, you can always apply a small dab of glue on the skin surrounding each nail. After you have finished painting, you can quickly peel the glue, removing any excess polish that does get on the skin.
Add a Top Coat to Your Nails
Never forget the finishing touch to your pretty nails. You will need to apply a top coat to the color to preserve the polish and keep it from scratching or fading. Different types of top coats are available, including matte top coats that will give the polish a matte appearance and gel top coats that will make it look like you have just paid for a beautiful gel manicure.
Even if your nails have not always looked so good, it does not mean you cannot have beautiful fingernails. You will simply need to put in a little extra effort. Follow these simple and effective steps to get your nails looking better than ever.