Nail Polish Tricks for a Next Level Manicure
Here are our best nail polish tricks to inspire your manicure game. Get ready to take your nails to the next level!
1. Remove nail stains with denture cleaner.
Anyone who’s ever fallen in love with an intense red polish knows that the pink and yellow stains it leaves behind on your nails are no joke. Instead of shelling out big bucks for nail cleaning kits, all you need are a package of effervescent denture cleaning tablets. Drop one into a bowl of cool water, soak your nails for 10 minutes and watch the stains magically disappear.
2. Strengthen weak nails with a matte top coat.
If you have weak, break-prone or peely nails, you know how important a good strengthening base coat is. And the best base coat to give your fingernails insane strength? It’s not even a base coat at all. OPI’s Matte Top Coat ($9.50, opi.com) worn underneath your polish makes even the most fragile nails unbelievably strong; it’s almost impossible to break a nail when you have this as your secret manicure weapon.
3. Prevent polish peeling with vinegar.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had your nail polish lift off your nail in a single sheet. The culprit isn’t a below-average formula or bad technique—it’s oil. If you have any lotion or cuticle oil on your nails at all when you apply your polish, the lacquer won’t adhere to the surface properly and will eventually peel off in a continuous sheet. But rejoice: you can avoid this by wiping your nails down with white vinegar in between coats. The vinegar will remove oils and even help your polish “set” more quickly. We find that cotton rounds are cleaner than tissues and gentler than paper towels; just make sure the polish is totally dry before you do this!
4. De-streak your light-coloured lacquer.
If you love light-coloured nail polishes, you know that their formulas are often pretty sad: thin and streaky, requiring MANY coats to reach full opacity. Heartbreaking. It turns out that there’s a really easy fix for this: empty out a small amount of the coloured varnish, then replace it with a clear or cream-toned ridge-filling base coat. This will dilute the colour a little, but it also cuts down on streakiness by an incredible amount; we’ve had the best success with Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat ($10, essie.com).
5. Use clear polish to cure mosquito bites.
Let’s face it: nothing messes up your radiant summer skin faster than scratched up mosquito bites. The fastest way to kill the itch? A blob of clear nail polish overtop the bite. It sounds crazy, but this is basically our summertime saviour: just dab it on, let it dry and go about your business, itch-free.