What should I do to prepare the nails for polishing?
A squeaky clean nail plate is most important for good polish adhesion. There should be no cuticle skin on the nail plate, and all foreign matter must be removed.
What should I use to clean the nail plate?
Soap and water is best for cleaning a clean nail plate. Acetone and alcohol have an oily base and can leave residue on the nail plate, making the polish wobble and not stick to the sides of the nail as well.
What kind of base coat is the best for natural nails?
A thin base coat that dries almost instantly is the best for use on natural nails. It provides a good surface to polish and protects the natural nails from absorbing the color. It also makes for easy polish removal.
Should I use a base coat under a liquid wrap?
This is not necessary since most liquid wraps area neutral color and can act as a base coat. Liquid wraps are thicker than regular polish and another unnecessary cooaf t polish will only slow down the drying process.
How can I get the polish to dry faster?
Thin applications with time to dry between each coat can help.
Should I shake the polish before polishing?
You can, but it may cause air bubbles. Have the client choose her color before starting her service and shake the bottle of polish then. The polish will settle during the manicure.
Step I Before you apply the polish, swirl the neck of the brush inside the neck of the bottle as you slowly work
the brush out of the bottle. As the brush leaves the top of the bottle, wipe the side of the brush furthest away from you pressing the polish to one sides of the brush. This gives you better control of the polish in the brush.
Step 2 Place a drop of polish in the center of the nail just below the cuticle and polish downward to the tip of the nail. Take the brush and place another drop of polish on the left side of the nail, a little lower than the first one, right under the cuticle, and polish downward. Then place a third drop of polish on the right side and polish downward. Take the remainder of the polish and wipe the edge of the tip. The perfect nail should be polished in three sections with one application of polish.
Not all nails are the same and some may need a second dip into the bottle for complete coverage. Some nails are longer than others and also need extra polish.
What is the best tool to use for cleaning up the polish?
A polish corrector pen dipped in acetone is the best but an orangewood stick can also be effective. A size 4 sculpting brush with a perfect point is also a great tool for clean up. Dip the brush sparingly into acetone, then take the brush around the polished cuticle area for a perfectly smooth look.