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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing Your Nails before Painting

There are a few things you need to do before you start painting your nails. Make sure your nails are clean by washing them with soap and water or using a nail brush. Next, trim and file them into the desired shape. Finally, apply a base coat of polish to help the paint adhere better and prevent staining.

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Prep tips for that perfect at-home manicure

Before you start your at-home manicure, you can do a few things to prep your nails and ensure a smooth, long-lasting finish. First, use a nail file to shape your nails into the desired shape. For example, if you want square nails, file them into a straight line across the top; if you want round nails, file them into a gentle curve. Next, push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher or an orange stick wrapped in cotton. This will help create a clean canvas for painting your nails. Finally, wash your hands with soap and water to remove any dirt or oil that could prevent your polish from adhering properly.

Should you buff your nails before painting them?

If you’re like most people, you probably think that buffing your nails before painting them is just an extra step that isn’t necessary. However, several good reasons to buff your nails before applying polish. First, it creates a smooth surface for the polish to adhere to and helps prevent air bubbles from forming. It also helps the polish last longer and gives your manicure a professional-looking finish. So next time you paint your nails, take a few extra minutes to buff them first – your nails will thank you!It is a good idea to buff your nails before you paint them because this makes the surface smooth. But if your nails are already in good condition, you might not need to do this. It is up to you and what you feel comfortable with.


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