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.
- French Tip
- Scotch Tape
- Drinking Straw
- Corn Starch
- Glitter Removal
- Nail Polish Removal
- Old Eye Shadow
- Circle Stickers
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.