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Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 10th 2010, 04:14 AM

Im going out tonight to a birthday party. So, im getting ready. I painted my nails and they ended up all shitty. So i took it off and painted with another colour, some has already chipped. Argh! This is nuts! All i wanted was pretty, coloured nails for tonight Too much to ask for, i guess! Any advice?
   
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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 10th 2010, 04:33 AM

Can I ask what brand on nail polish your using?
Some companies who are, excuse my language, cheaper tend to mix their polish with water to dilute them.
Good quality polish can be pricey; but I find it works best.
Are you giving your nails enough time to completely dry? Even if you test them with your fingers and such, the polish can still be mushy and not completely ready.
ALSO, do you have an aftercoat; like a protective clear coat to put over top of your polish that helps protect the polish and your nails.
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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 10th 2010, 11:30 AM

I get so frustrated with nail polish! I'm such a perfectionist and it takes me ages to get it right. And if I smudge one, I get so mad!

The way I do it is, use a basecoat, to protect your nails from the colour. And then I do two coats of the nail colour - make sure it's a relatively good brand. Then I use a topcoat. This is important because it seals it all in, so that it lasts and doesn't chip. What topcoat you use is important because if it's a cheap brand, then it wont protect the colour enough. I haven't as of yet found a topcoat which works well, so maybe someone else could help with that?

And lastly, LET IT DRY! This has got to be the most important. Because if you continue getting ready with wet nails, they're obviously going to get smudged! I've heard a tip that I THINK works. Once you've finished painting your nails, submerge them in freezing water for a few minutes. This should solidify the nail polish so it should be dry. But I do find that it's dry, but it's still prone to smudges because of the thickness, because of the layers.

Basically you just need to give yourself time to paint your nails because it needs to dry thoroughly so that it won't smudge.

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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 10th 2010, 11:35 AM

I've noticed that when I do mine too thickly they're more likely to get smudged. The others have given good advice though ~ using a base coat and a clear coat over the top will help to seal in the colour (:


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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 10th 2010, 08:43 PM

When I use a clear nail polish for a base coat then I find the nail polish goes on a *lot* smoother. I use two coats of nail polish and then another clear layer over the top!


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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 11th 2010, 08:52 PM

Omg I have the same problem!

I find it easier to use fake nails, either they are pre painted or when you paint them they don't really chip....plus are easier to paint.
If not I suggest putting a clear coat over the base coat that sometimes helps with chipping.


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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 12th 2010, 01:49 AM

I guess my problem is, i don't have the time to fully let them dry, that and im very impatient. I'm not someone that can just sit there, lol. I have to be active. I think i might try what you guys suggested, painting the coats before and after and getting good brand nail polishes. Do you mean, the more expensive, the better? I don't spend much on nail polishes. I hate touching my nails to see if their dry, cos then i get a fingerprint mark in them, and have to start all of them over again So frustrating.
   
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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 16th 2010, 09:48 PM

i have come to realize that the more expensive stuff, isn't better.
try going for sallyhansen(sp?). one coat, and you're good to go. plus it dries pretty fast, and that brand has nice colors.
try a clear coat, over top. or two coats of the color you want. good luck. (:


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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 18th 2010, 10:33 AM

I think Rimmel and Barry M nail varnishes are really good and not too expensive either. I love nail varnish! One thing as well is that if you take off your colour remember to wash your hands before putting on another coat or colour. It goes really funny, sort of clumpy and strange if you don't. I think because you still have nail varnish remover on it has a reaction.
   
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Re: Painting nails, driving me crrazzee!! - September 18th 2010, 02:17 PM

Get some over coat for next time. For now, just try another nail varnish.Put your freshly painted fingers into cold water to dry it quicker (:



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