Bright nails can pull an outfit together if you borrow colors from accessories and clothing patterns. Alternatively, paint your digits with a noticeable shade to contrast a dark or monochrome outfit. To get the perfect bright polish look, start by shaping and shortening clean nails with a nail file; bright colors draw attention, so you want to avoid unkempt nail shapes. Paint on a layer of clear base coat. When dry, apply your color, starting near the cuticle. If the polish looks streaky or inconsistent, add a second coat. Finish off with a clear top coat.