Top Tips

Moisturising:
  • Do it every day! Our hands and nails are almost always out in the elements.... and in detergents etc... So give them the love they need. Make sure you pay attention to the cuticles and nails as well as your hands.
  • Always moisturise your cuticles before pushing them back with an orange stick.
Filing:
  • Don't use a sawing motion, stick to filing in one direction to prevent splitting or rough edges.
  • Don't use as a substitute for trimming with clippers/scissors, if you need to take off some length - cut them!
Cuticles:
  • I prefer to use an orange stick to push mine back rather than a preparation that removes them. If you have sensitive cuticles use a damp cotton bud in place of an orange stick.
Base Coat:
  • Always use a base coat - it protects your nails and ensures a better and longer lasting finish on your chosen polish.
  • Buy a 3 in 1 - base coat, nail strengthener & top coat to keep things simple!
  • If your nails are in bad condition try a specialist nail treatment polish from Sally Hansen or OPI, they really do work!
Nail Polish:
  • Keep in a cool place to prevent them going claggy. If they do go claggy pop in a couple of drops of nail polish remover into the bottle and shake well! (This won't extend the life of your polish more than a couple of times).
  • Don't be tempted to pick or peel it off, it peels layers of the nail off with it and can really thin/damage your nails. 
  • Give your nails a day off from polish once a week, they do need the light and can thin and discolour if covered for a length of time.
Nail Art Stripers/Pens:
  • Avoid the felt tip typed pens, they are no good for detailed work and can damage your base coat if you're having to press pretty hard.
Dotters/Brushes/Stamps/Image Plates:
  • Keep them clean!!! Clean everything as soon as you have finished, it will ensure the long life of your tools and the sharpness of your designs.
Acrylic Paint: 
  • Thin them with a little water to make them easier to work with.
  • Use a cotton bud dipped in plain alcohol to remove any mistakes.
 Nail Stickers/Foils:
  • Don't buy cheap, they don't apply well and last all of 5 minutes!
  • Be patient and take your time, rushing will end in a bad result and a sad face.
Decals/Rhinestones/etc:
  • Avoid water transfer decals, they don't sit well on the nail and almost always pucker under the top coat.
  • Use a cocktail stick dabbed in clear nail polish to pick up and position your rhinestones if you find fiddling around with tweezers a total pain as I did.

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