1) Always use a base coat before applying bright polishes. If you have time, add a second layer as it will help the colour stay on.
2) Apply two coats of colour. The first should be a thin, even layer. Give it two minutes to dry before applying the second in order to reduce the chance of chipping.
3) To mix the formula, roll it between your palms; don’t shake the bottle.
4) Don’t use a moisturiser, hand cream or cuticle oil immediately prior to painting your nails as it will prevent the polish from sticking properly.
5) Don’t blow on your manicure to speed up drying – the moist air may create bubbles.
6) Avoid filing nails when you’re straight out of the shower (or after doing the washing up) as they’ll be weaker and more prone to breakage.
7) Don’t buff as it makes nails thinner. Instead, use a ridge-filling base coat, such as Revitanail Ridge Filler $16.90, to smooth out surfaces.
8) Maintain your manicure by painting on a top coat every couple of days and massaging in cuticle oil daily.
9) When using bright shades, keep nails short and square with slightly rounded edges.
10) Before you remove a bright polish, rub oil on your cuticles and under your nails to help stop the colour seeping or staining.
About Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.commore of this author