Lockdown life has helped us master so many beauty-related skills — right from cutting our hair to doing facials at home, we can pretty much do everything on our own. HOWEVER, when it comes achieving a salon-like manicure, the results are almost never… salon-like and more often than not, there are a bunch of manicure mistakes to blame for your #ManiFail.

But fret not, ladies! We’ve got your back. Here are five common mistakes you need to avoid if you’re serious about upping your manicure game. Take notes…

 

Mistake #01: Not washing your tools

Mistake #01: Not washing your tools

Using tools without cleaning them first can transfer as well as push the dirt and bacteria deeper into the nail beds, thus, it is important to begin your manicure by first washing these tools with a disinfectant. It’s also imperative to store your tools in a breathable container and clean them before and after every use.

 

Mistake #02: Not using a base coat

Mistake #02: Not using a base coat

Okay, we’re all guilty of not applying a basecoat because we want to rush the process. But did you know, our nails produce natural oils that prevent the colour from sitting on the nails, which results in chipping? A basecoat forms a protective layer that prevents unwanted chipping and breaking. It’s basically like a primer for your nails and should not be skimped on.

 

Mistake #03: Buffing back and forth

Mistake #03: Buffing back and forth

While buffing our nails, most of us use back and forth motions to get that smooth base. But this back and forth rubbing causes tiny cracks on the nail bed which are not visible to the naked eye. However, when you apply nail polish, it fills in these cracks and ends up looking uneven and brittle. The filing should be done in one direction or circular motion for the perfect finish.

 

Mistake #04: Using Q-tips

Mistake #04: Using Q-tips

A lot of websites recommend using a Q-tip to correct any manicure mistakes. It may seem like the best idea, but the cotton strands — no matter how tiny — can easily stick to your nail polish and ruin your perfect manicure. Instead of a Q-tip, use a very thin makeup brush to clean the area.

 

Mistake #05: Not applying polish around the edges

Mistake #05: Not applying polish around the edges

While applying nail paints, is no rocket science that most women forget to apply it around the edges. This leads to water getting trapped between the nail polish and nail, causing it to chip and break easily. So, don’t forget to swipe some nail paint around the edges of your nail to extend the life of your manicure.