The other day I got a comment on my post for Revlon's Gum Drop asking about application for harder to apply polishes. Rather than providing a brief explanation, I decided to dedicate a post to application of nail polish.
First of all I just would like to thank the commenter (she was anonymous) for your kind words and request. I can definitely provide you with some tips for applying lighter, thick cream and/or sheer shades. Although the request was for a video tutorial, I have never done one before and would not know how I would go about doing one... plus I am a little camera shy, so for now I have included a step by step photo tutorial.
The key to good application with troublesome polishes is patience. For a colour like gum drop I applied thin coats one by one with a short wait time in between. I also added more coats then I usually do (The norm for me is 2, but this time I did 4) to even out application.
If you choose to do 3 or more coats of polish, I highly recommend using a quick dry top coat to ensure that the polish dries properly and you don't end up with and dents or marks.
If I find a polish is too thick for application, in this case the commenter was referring to For Audry, (more recently for me, Sea Spray from the Anchors Away collection), I apply some nail polish thinner before application.
Once your have your polish prepared, you are ready for application. Below I have listed the steps I take when applying polish. For this tutorial I used China Glaze, Emerald Fitzgerald on a fake nail to demonstrate.
First, I wipe any access polish from one side of my brush on the side of the bottle.
Next, I place the brush about a centimeter above the cuticle...
...and gently push down towards the cuticle without touching it. This helps to create a curve at the base of the nail.
Note: The size of the gap you leave between the ail and cuticle is up to you. Since I am working with a fake nail I left a larger gap for demonstration purposes only, prefer a small gap.
This is how it looks with the brush removed
I then pull the brush up in a straight line towards the tip of the nail
Repeat the same for the left side of the line of polish you've just created...
and right side of the nail while making sure that the base of the polish follows the same curve of the cuticle.
For prolonged wear, I wrap my tips. This consists of applying some polish directly to the tip of the nail.
When a polish does not offer full coverage in 3 swipes or is not even, I may apply some additional small quick strokes to even the polish up.
After applying to all fingers, leave some time to dry and then repeat the whole process as necessary until you are happy with the opacity.
Usually I find that if the polish is still acting up or doesn't look even, I use a nice coat of Seche Vite to seal and even everything out and help to dry quickly.
I also wrap the tips when applying top coat to my nails.
Now, no one is perfect, and I usually end up with some polish on my skin, mostly on my right hand since am right handed. Some tips I have to clean up include:
- dip a brush in to acetone and clean as needed
- a great tip on brushes I found recently at R3 Daily was to cut your brush on an angle so you have a tip which is more precise with clean up.
- apply lotion to your skin (not nails) before applying the polish. If polish gets on your skin, you can just use an orange wood stick to gently scratch the polish off
- take a shower or wash your hands in warm water with soap when your polish has fully dried. your skin absorbs the water and the polish will come off with an orange wood stick as in the previous tip.
With practice, application will become easier, I really used to suck at it! Also, take your time and move slowly, your application will be more accurate.
I think that is the best advice that I can offer, hope I helped! Let me know if you have any other questions or tutorial requests.