Here are some tips for how to get the perfect at-home manicure!
Use ice water to dry your nails in three minutes.
When applying a top coat, run the brush along the top edge (non-cuticle side) of the nail.
Whiten your nails after removing a dark polish.
Erase mistakes by dipping a tiny brush into nail polish remover.
The first coat of chunky glitter polishes should be dabbed, not brushed on.
Apply multiple thin coats instead of one thick coat
Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to cuticles to protect your skin from errant nail polish strokes.
Here's how you remove a gel manicure at home:
Use Band-Aids (the sheer kind) to get perfect French tips.
Use nail polish thinner (NOT nail polish remover!) to revive thick, goopy bottles of nail polish.
Fix a smudge by licking it.
A product called smudge repair works similarly.
Soak nails in a solution of water and white vinegar before applying nail polish.
Use VapoRub for nail infections.
Apply thick hand cream before removing polish if you have pale skin.
Try a rubberized base coat to make your polish last longer.
If your nail polish is B3F, make sure your base coat and top coat are, too.
If the air is humid, wait extra long for your nails to dry.