I don’t need another nail polish, said no woman ever!
If you’re a manicure buff, then you obviously hate naked nails. While it’s not possible to run to the salon every week, you can always rely on a DIY manicure. You may struggle initially to get the perfect salon-like finish, but once you get the hang of it, you’re going to love your weekly DIY mani sessions (I know I do). So, while you keep getting better at it, we suggest you learn some cool nail hacks on the way. These sneaky tricks will take your nail game a notch higher, we promise!
Here are five hacks every girl who loves DIY manicures should know about:
- Hack #1: Use ice water to dry your nails
- Hack #2: Loofah for a fishnet manicure
- Hack #3: Set your manicure with an oil spray
- Hack #4: Apply top coat along the top edge of your nail
- Hack #5: Soak nails in a solution of water and white vinegar
Hack #1: Use ice water to dry your nails
A woman is helpless only when her nails are drying! Well, not anymore… You’ll be surprised to know that dipping your freshly painted fingernails in ice cold water for a minute can help speed up the drying process. Since the cold hardens polish, it is a great way to prevent clumps.
Hack #2: Loofah for a fishnet manicure
Who knew a loofah could help you ace your DIY manicure game? But, it’s true! The next time you think of discarding your loofah, just remember you could create fishnet manicure with it. Simply take apart a loofah and use the netting as a guide. You’ll be surprised with the results!
Hack #3: Set your manicure with an oil spray
You can simply reach for a can of cooking spray from your kitchen to set your manicure in place. Once you’re done applying polish, spray your nails with the oil from about six inches away. The oil spray will not just dry the top layer of your nail polish, but also lubricate your nails a bit so that you won’t have as many smudges. And that’s not all! The spray will also help moisturise your cuticles. Win-win!
Hack #4: Apply top coat along the top edge of your nail
No manicure is complete without a top coat. A top coat gives that high shine to your polish and makes your manicure stay fresh and smooth for a longer time. While applying a top coat, run the brush along the top edge of the nail. This will help seal in the raw edge of the nail polish and prevent chipping.
Hack #5: Soak nails in a solution of water and white vinegar
If you’re into DIY manicures, then this step can really sort your life. After getting rid of your old polish with a remover and before painting your nails afresh, soak your nails in a solution of water and white vinegar. Mix these two ingredients in a bowl and dip your fingers in it for a few minutes. Vinegar will help remove any oil or moisturiser left over from the nail polish remover and prevent any bubbles.
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Written by Fatema Habib on Oct 22, 2019