Hello everyone. Some of these tricks are going to be common sense for a lot of you but, I wanted to give you all a quick list that may help you out.

  • Toothpaste
  • French Tip
  • Scotch Tape
  • Drinking Straw
  • Crayons
  • Corn Starch
  • Glitter Removal
  • Nail Polish Removal
  • Old Eye Shadow
  • Circle Stickers
  • Sponge
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • White Base


Using toothpaste on your nails will remove the stains. Apply toothpste directly onto your nails and brush them. You can use a nail brush or an old tooth brush. They come clean just like brushing your teeth.

French Tip

Most of us understand how hard it is to get a straight line when doing a French Tip. You can put scotch or masking tape across your fingernail after your color coat has dried. I prefer masking tape because it is easier to see when you are going to remove it. Paint your tip and remove the tape. Wait for your tips to dry then apply your top coat. Use a small brush with polish remover to clean up.

Scotch Tape

Another good use for scotch tape is to create your own stripe with it. Secure a piece of tape by attaching it to a bottle of nail polish at both ends and lay the bottles down. This will give you a little bridge to work with. Paint the tape with your desired color of polish. Then you can cut your colored tape and place it onto your nail. Of course, top coat and your done.

Drinking Straw

Apply your base color to your nails. After your nails dry, dip a drinking straw into your prefered color and blow through the straw over your nail. You can do this with as many colors as you like. Dry your nails in between colors. This is one that you might want to use some Simply Peel. It will be messy.


This little trick is for those of us that do not have a tool to pick up gems with. Crayons will work great for picking up those little gems that you want to attach to your nails. It is the wax in them that makes them a good grabber. They are the perfect size as well.

Corn Starch

After you have polished your nails and you would like a flat finish instead of a shiny one, dip your completely dry nails into some corn starch. Brush off any residual powder with a soft brush. Very simple but, make sure your nails are dry or you will have a nasty mess that will make you start over.

Glitter Removal

I don’t know how many of you like to use glitter, it’s fun but I hate trying to get it off my nails. This trick is great for getting that glitter gone. Get a cooton ball and dip it in some polish remover. It doesn’t have to be dripping, just enough to know it will get the job done. Place it on your glittered fingernail and wrap it with tinfoil for 1 or 2 minutes. Slide it off your fingers holding the cottonball firmly against your nail as you pull it away. No more glitter. I love this trick and now I can glitter again.

Nail Polish Removal

OOPS, I ran out. This one is for when you run out of remover and you still have a job to finish. Grab some lemon juice and vinegar. Equal parts of each will do the trick.

Old Eye Shadow

Take that old eye shadow that you still have hanging around and put it to good use. Crumble the eye shadow into a bottle of clear polish. Shake it vigorously and there you have it, a new color of polish.

Circle Stickers

These are perfect for displaying the actual color of the polish that is in the bottle. Take some simple circle stickers, like from the value store and paint them with the colors of your polishes. Place each sticker on the bottom of the corresponding bottle of polish. Now you can see what the color will look like on your nail. Make sure the sticker is a plain colored sticker or it may change the appearance of the polish.


This is the only way that I can make an ombre look decent. Take a facial blending sponge and put your color directly onto the sponge. You must work quickly or you are just painting the sponge, lol. In a striping fasion put 2 or 3 colors right next to each other. Then place them onto your dry base colored nail, wiggling it up and down a bit to get that blended look. Wait for nails to dry then apply your top coat.

Cuticle Pusher

I do not have a cuticle pusher. Just use your thumb nail to push your cuticles back. This gives you more control and your thumb nail is the perfect shape to do this with.

White Base

A white base is great for your neon colors. The white base gives the neon a platform that makes it stand out and eliminates that extra coat for a better color. Simple but definitely brightens it up.


I use a lot of these tricks myself and I hope they can help you out with your beautiful nails too. Let me know of any tricks you like to use and how these have worked for you in the messages below. As always here is to beautiful nails and Blessed Be.



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8 thoughts on “Manicure Tricks

  • March 29, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Hi Kari,

    Wow! I didn’t know about most of these tricks. I usually get my nails polished and the advice you suggested would really help me make things easier. I knew about the masking tape hack, but other thing I usually use is these small pieces of tape that are made specifically for doing the French tip.

    I will read your other posts as well, because your website looks very interesting and helpful! 

    • March 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

      Thank you Mariana

      I am glad I could be of help to you. Still growing so be sure to let me know if there is anything you would like to see or discuss and I will be sure to post all about it. Blessed Be Kari

  • March 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Hi Kari. Thank you for writing this great article. I have also checked out your other post about nails and DIY too. To be honest they are good. I have worked in a Spa shop before, your tip are great and I’m definitely going to send them I mean this post to my Ex boss. Keep up the good work. Added to my favorite bookmarks. Thanks 

    • March 29, 2019 at 11:05 AM

      Thanks Alex

      So glad you enjoy it. Definitely more to come. Keep me updated on what you would like to see, always interested in helping figure out new designs. Blessed Be Kari

  • March 29, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    I did fond your article interesting and think that many of your tricks would help my wife with her nails.  Do you have a trick or a suggestion for someone that seems to have thin nails.  My wife loves to get her nails done, but her natural nails are very thin and brittle.  So they do not last long when she gets a set put on.  I’ll make sure to share this page with my wife.  Thank you.

    • March 29, 2019 at 11:15 AM

      Hi Doug

      Thank you for your kind words, very appreciated. Check out some of my other posts, I believe one of them has Sally Hansen products that would be helpful for your wife. Keeping it natural will help too. Blessed Be Kari

  • March 29, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Now that Spring has sprung, and summer thoughts are stirring in my head, I’ve been looking for new nail ideas. This was a great article for me, as I actually hadn’t heard of most of these tricks. I’m most excited to try the white base for bright colors, as I always go for bright on my toes from about May to September. 

    I’m curious to try the masking tape trick. I often do french tips for my fingernails, and have gotten quite good at free drawing the line just because I’ve done it so much, but I like the idea of using the tape. It would be much easier and faster I think. My question is… when you peel off the tape, wouldn’t it peel off the polish with it??? How long do you wait to dry before trying that trick?

    • March 29, 2019 at 11:09 AM

      Hello Cris

      Happy to hear from you. I have found that the longer you can wait the better it will turn out. However with the tip situation removing the tape as soon as you are done polishing, before the polish dries is best. This makes sure that the polish stays on your nail and doesn’t come off with the tape. More spring ideas to come and some summer ones too. Blessed Be Kari


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