Love the versatility of nail art but hate the cleanup and the messes? Here are six hacks to make your nail experience a breeze.
No more crusty cap
As nail polish ages, it becomes harder and harder to unscrew the applicator brush from the bottle. To prevent the cap from crusting over and getting jammed, apply petroleum jelly around the ridges of the bottle before sealing, every time you use it, so that the next time, it just glides open without breaking a sweat.
A wet solution for a quick dry
This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you’re in a hurry after painting your nails, dip them in a bowl of ice cold water. The cold will cause the nail paint to cling harder to your cuticles, and you can just flutter your fingers dry in a few minutes.
Cool and smooth
The heat and humidity of our climate can lead to nail polish clotting faster, so store your bottles in the fridge to allow them to retain their smoothness. They’ll be a lot easier to apply, and last longer.
Vinegar you want
To maximise the lasting power of your nail colour, and to add some protection against chipping, soak some cotton balls in distilled white vinegar and apply to your nails before you apply the polish. Not only will this alleviate the yellowing cuticles caused by some varnishes, it will reduce the rate of chipping.
Colour inside the lines
And to help you reduce the mess, apply petroleum jelly around your nails before you try your fancy ombre manicures. This will prevent the polish from sticking to the skin around your nails, and create a neater finish.
DIY matte nails
Add some life to your old eye shadow powders by mixing them into some clear polish, and then applying that on your nails. You can mix shades and come up with your own nail colour.