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Can you paint your own nails?

Ali de Bold

When I attempt to do this at home it looks like a child did it.  It doesn't matter if it's my feet or hands, I just can't do a good job.  A lot of my friends have admitted to the same lack of skill.  You?
Jul 20, 2010 @ 10:58 am

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I couldn't before

I was never happy with my nails when I painted them myself before but I found that with practice, it gets so much better! Resting your elbow on the table to steady your hand really helps and having nail polish remover and qtips nearby are a must. Of course, it always looks nicer when I get them done but I'm still happy when I do it myself now.
Jul 20, 2010 @ 02:47 pm

I can handle my toes

I'm ok with painting my toe nails, but my hands are a different story. I'm clumsy and it turns into a mess everytime. Once in a while I will put myself through the intense concentration of trying to paint my finger nails, and that means that I must really like the colour. But for the most part I just stick to my toes, and wait for when I get a chance to get a manicure to get my fingernails painted. Professionals are just soo much better at it.
Jul 20, 2010 @ 02:51 pm

The painting part I do pretty well, but...

I can get the lacquer on pretty well, but despite trying the manicurist tricks I can't keep a polish flawless for more than 3 or 4 days. It starts with chipping, but by week's end, I almost always have to remove it completely and repaint. Such a pain!

I can't do a french manicure at all, but a french pedi I'm okay with. Took much practice!
Jul 20, 2010 @ 04:05 pm

Years of practice

I think I am pretty good! When I was a teenager, I put the stuff all the time. I remember going to my friends' prom and having better manicure thant some people who had theirs done professionally!

I neglected it for a while though. Now I am putting nail polish again, but I have to say that I don't manicure my hands as much as when I was in high school!
Jul 22, 2010 @ 11:34 am

Polish tips...

If you find that your nail polish is chipping too quick I have a few base coat suggestions for you that have made my nail polish last MUCH longer.
OPI has two amazing ones: Natural Nail Base Coat and Chip Skip. I have been using Natural Nail Base Coat for awhile and I love it.

For french manis, I can't do white tips, not nearly coordinated enough and my hands are not that steady. But for a nice color, RIMMEL London has French Manicure line- 442 French Rose and it is a 10 day wear color. I have it on ALL the time. It is wonderful!
Jul 22, 2010 @ 01:57 pm

I do just fine......

I would never pay for a mani or pedi. Only if I went for arcylic tips then I love the airbrush designs you can get. I have a shoe box full of polishes and decals - fun! Maybe more practice or swap polishing with friends?
Jul 26, 2010 @ 03:29 pm

not really...

My hands aren't nearly steady enough to do a white tip, but I can almost always colour between the lines and paint my nails. Toenails are always easier to do than hands.

Here's a tip I read in a mag that you guys can try:

Use base-coat from middle to end (tip) of nail on all nails
Then go over all nails with same base-coat (all over this time so from middle to tip you have two layers of base-coat)

Use nail polish from middle to end (tip of nail on all nails)
Then go over all nails with same polish (all over this time, so again you have double coverage from middle to tip)

Use top-coat the exact same way: from middle to tip of nail
Go over it again this time the full nail.

So basically you have a double layer of base, polish and top coat from the middle of each nail to the tip.

After you do this dip your nails into ice water for as long as you can take inside a 15mins time frame (so dip, too cold take out, dip again, etc.).

I've never tried it, not enough patience! :-) But a friend of mine does this and swears by it...and to her credit she has gorgeous chip free nails everday.
Jul 28, 2010 @ 02:50 pm

Practice makes perfect

Well, I know I sound like a Mom but I am. Going to nail salons is actually not good for your feet. They don't wash and disinfect the tub massage basins after each client. This can cause fungal foot problem, which are really gross, so have a BF do your nails for you if your hand is not steady.
Jul 29, 2010 @ 07:58 pm

Good polish helps

I have the same problem. I have noticed however that if I use nail polish that go on smooth and thick, it helps. If the polish is too thin I find it leaves a horrible looking trail of streaks on my nails that shows the imperfections of the way I applied the polish. I guess as everyone else said, practice and my input is to use a good nail polish that can help you hide the evidence of your practice.
Aug 05, 2010 @ 06:05 pm

OPI polish

I went to nail tech school and polishing your own nails can be hard. I would recommend using OPI nail polish (I think it's the best). It's the right consistency and it lasts on your nails for a long time. Make sure you push your cuticles back before you polish them. Then wipe off any excess polish off the brush and back into the bottle. Keeping only a little bit of polish on the brush. Start from the the cuticle line on one side and brush up towards the tip. You should only need to do this 2-3 times to get the entire nail. Allow the first coat to dry and then go over it again 1-2 more times. Good Luck!
Aug 15, 2010 @ 02:34 am

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