I love getting a mani/pedi. If I could, I’d have one weekly. Unfortunately, when I do my own mani/pedi, it just never looks as nice as it does when I have it done by a pro. I especially have a tough time getting my fingernails perfect.
Since I’m right handed, applying polish to my right hand using my left hand always ends up in a disaster. I definitely end up with polish outside of the nails. I try to salvage the look by using an acetone soaked Q-tip, carefully going around the nails to remove any extra polish. The only problem is that I usually accidentally take off some of the polish from the nails too.
Recently I found a trick to help solve this problem. It’s actually fairly easy. Simply use some Vaseline or a greasy lotion around the skin of your fingernails or toenails. Just avoid getting the lotion on your nails. Then, if you accidentally end up getting polish on the skin, it won’t stick to you. When you’re done, use a disposable cuticle stick to go around the area of the skin that you polished.
- Lotion (or Vaseline)
- Cuticle Stick
- Nail Polish
Take a Q-tip and dip it in your Vaseline or lotion. It’s a bit hard to get the lotion around your nails without getting it on the nail. Using a Q-tip helps, but you may need to wipe any excess off of your nails before you start to apply the nail polish.
Now, go ahead and paint your nails. When you’re left with a mess when you’re done, get a new Q-tip and use it to remove any leftover lotion of Vaseline residue left after you have removed the polish with a cuticle stick.
This trick will help you avoid getting polish on your skin. This makes it easier for you to get that amazing mani/pedi, even if you’re doing it yourself.