Are you a beginner and new to painting your nails?
Do you want to be able to paint your nails perfectly, knowing exactly what to do using the methods of the professionals? Then you have come to the right place.
Today I’m going to show you how to do just that, even if you have no experience of painting your nails and are not quite sure of what to do or where to start.
I’m going to walk you through, step by step, so you know exactly how to paint your nails perfectly. I’m also going to give you my expert tips and tricks that will help you to create a neater and long-lasting manicure.
This way, you can create your own beautiful nails right from the comfort of your own home, and start saving on those expensive regular professional manicures . Long gone will be the need to visit that expensive salon!
I will first outline what you will need, and the items I recommend, and then will delve into the steps.
So let’s get started.
What You Need/ Recommended Products:
- Nail Polish Remover – Pure Vitality
- Cotton Balls
- Nail Polish Thinner (Optional but Recommended) – Beauty Secrets
- Ridge Filler Base Coat – Barielle and/or
- Strengthener Base Coat – Nail Tek
- Colored Nail Polish
- Small Flat Paintbrush – DL Proffessional
- Fast-Drying Top Coat
- Cuticle Oil – Bee Naturals
How To Paint Your Nails Perfectly For Beginners
Step One: The very first thing that you are going to want to do is to prepare your nails. You will want to remove any old nail polish and any debris so that your nails are nice and clean and ready for painting.
So, start by washing your hands with warm water and soap. Focus on scrubbing your nails but also be sure to clean your hands.
Next, use a Cotton Ball and a Nail Polish Remover (we recommend a Natural Nail Polish Remover like this one to preserve your Nail Health), and remove any old Polish.
Step Two (Optional for Perfection): Next, you will want to choose the color that you’d like to use for your nails and for your Mani. If you are using an old polish, or one that is thicker in consistency, you may need to add in some Nail Polish Thinner to change the consistency back to thin from thick (just add a few drops). This will enable you to easily paint your nails and avoid any potential lumps and bumps.
To enable the Nail Polish thinner to work effectively, roll the Nail Polish bottle between your hands. This will mix the thinner with the Polish and ensure that you have a consistent nail polish.
Step Three: Now we will start to apply some polish! If you want to create the perfect look, I suggest you start with a layer of Base Coat. This will help protect your natural nails from staining and anchor the Polish onto your nail.
I recommend that when choosing a Base Coat you use clear nail polish. You also have two different options for your base coat:
- A Ridge Filler – this will smooth your nails and provide you with an even, matte surface for painting on.
- Strengthener – this will protect your nails and help them to grow longer and stronger.
Whilst you can choose one or the other, you could even apply both if you wanted to experience both benefits.
Once you have decided and applied your Base Coat; be sure to let it dry completely. Therefore, i suggest you apply a small amount at a time as this will be quicker to dry (the longer coats take longer to dry).
Step Four Open your bottle of colored polish and wipe one side of your brush off using the neck of the nail polish bottle. Next, lightly tap the other side of the brush on the neck to reduce the amount of polish on the brush.
This is how your brush should look before applying the Polish:
When painting, place your brush onto your nail – a few millimeters away from your cuticle – and push your brush up, around a millimeter. You want to try to get close to your cuticle without getting polish on your skin. from here, stroke the brush downwards to cover the entire middle portion of your nail.
Your next stroke will start in the same place where your first stroke was, but it will curve to match the shape of your cuticle.
Next, stroke downwards to do the same thing on the other side.
Step Five: You will most likely need a second coat of polish to increase the opacity. This means that the color will be more solid.
Step Six: Now Its time to paint the other hand, which can be quite difficult. Some tips for painting with the other
hand would be to keep both hands rested on the table and to maneuver your dominant hand that you’re painting as much as possible instead of your non-dominant hand with the brush.
Another technique that you could try is to pull your dominant hand away from the brush to cover it in Polish and just keep your non-dominant hand with the brush completely still.
Step Seven: For the next step you’re going to need a small flat paintbrush with a rounded top (like this).
First, pour some Nail Polish Remover into a little container. I personally like to use the cap and then dip the brush into it.
Next, dab the brush onto a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.
Use the brush to create a thin, even bare line, between your cuticle and the Polish. This will give your Mani a clean and tidy look as if you got your nails done at a salon.
Step Eight: The next step involves using a Fast Drying Top Coat (like this). This will quickly seal in your polish and it will even out the surface. It will also add a beautiful shine to your nails and keep your Mani lasting as long as possible.
Step Nine: The final step is to add some Cuticle Oil to your cuticles to restore the moisture. This is especially important if the polish remover you are using contains harsh chemicals like Acetone as that will dry out your cuticles. I’ve actually written a full guide for the best cuticle oils for dry cuticles here, so if this is you, I would suggest you give this a read.
Having moisturized cuticles will give your Mani a clean and healthy look and it will help to reduce hang nails. it will also promote long term nail health and growth so it is definitely something to consider.
With these 9 simple steps, you can paint your nails perfectly at home without the need for regular expensive Salon visits.
With a little practice you’ll be creating perfect manicures at home in no time at all.
I hope you enjoyed this article, drop a comment below if you liked it and if you have any comments or feedback on this tutorial. Thanks for reading and all the best for your nails!
Hey – I’m Jemma – a certified nail technician and manicurist with over fifteen years of hands-on industry experience. I created AlmondNails.com to share all that I have learned about the nail industry – from the different types of manicures available, suggestions for wear, recommendations for keeping nails strong and healthy, all the way through to providing the best nail salon tips and practices.