How to Wear White Nail Polish on Toes

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White nail polish is a hot spring pedicure must-have, but most formulas of the thick shade are droopy, sticky, and difficult to apply smoothly. Take a glance at the following tips on how to wear white nail polish on toes to learn how to apply this trend more effectively. That's right...no more throwing the nail polish bottle across the room....

Things You'll Need

  • white nail polish
  • gloss
  • file
  • cotton swabs
  • nail polish remover

File and clean nails well. While it sounds elementary, white nail polish does not hide untidy nails the way dark polish does, something that we tend to take for granted. Nails must be incredibly clean and well filed first.

Start painting by applying a clear base coat. Usually a step reserved for when darker polishes are used, a clear, dry undercoat ensures smooth coverage. White polish that falls into cracks and irregularities shows more easily than darker shades, so this step is essential.

After the base coat is completely dry (wait at least five minutes), apply a single stroke of white polish to the center of the toe nails.

Next fill in corners with less polish on the wand. Tap the tip of the wand on the polish bottle to ensure that no dripping occurs when sides are filled in.

The first layer of white nail polish tends to appear uneven, even when a base coat is used (no matter which brand is chosen). For that reason, allow the first coat to dry and apply a second and third coat afterward (allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before the next application is absolutely key to a smooth finish).

During each coating, keep a cotton swab lightly coated in nail polish remover on hand to swipe on the skin beside each nail when overfill occurs. White paint is very noticeable when it settles into the sides of nails, so be ready to swipe it away from skin quickly.

For the last step, apply clear polish only when nails have been completely dried. Applying clear gloss over white polish can easily turn into a sticky mess if nails are not hardened with the previous layers first. Consider adding gloss an hour or so later as a quick final step to the perfect white pedi.

Tips & Warnings

  • The pigments in white nail polishes cause most brands to apply very unevenly (one of the reasons so many of us refuse to apply it at home). If necessary, have your toes done professionally with your favorite white shade first to gain an example of how to apply it properly.

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