How to Apply Nail Polish Professionally

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Applying nail polish professionally involves using as few brush strokes as possible, starting from the back of the nail, and applying top coat for protection and shine. A professional nail artist shows you how in this free video on nail art and manicures.

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Amy Hamilton-Weldon, Oakwood Nail Spa, Raleigh, North Carolina, and I'm going to tell you how to apply nail polish professionally. So, you start at the back, because you just want to use as few strokes as possible. And you want to try not to touch the sides. Sometimes you can't help it, sometimes some people's skin sticks out farther than others. And if you think you missed a little bit, you can go back and do it. And sometimes it helps if you're a client to someone else, if you're doing it yourself, you can't do this, but you actually kind of pull the skin back away from the nail. OK, then you come to topcoat. You should always apply topcoat, even if you are skipping a color of one application of the polish. If you only do one layer instead of two. You should still put topcoat on, because topcoat protects the polish and usually most topcoats are super shiny. So, they give it that extra shine. And you can even apply topcoat a few days later. So say you leave here, and a couple days later you're going out to dinner, it's like, "Oh, I wish my nails were fresh." Well, if you apply topcoat again, it will freshen them back up and make them more shiny and more like you just had them done, as long as they're not chipping, the topcoat will revitalize and make them look fresh again. OK, those were just some basic tips, but you should always consult a nail professional.

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