Remove old nail polish and file nails
Begin by removing any existing nail polish. Then file your nails in one direction only, to prevent them from splitting. Use a crystal file as it’s effective but not damaging.
Once your filing is done, put some conditioner into a bowl filled with water and soak your finger for a few minutes. When you take your hands out, push back your cuticles gently with some cuticle oil and a orange stick. Do not force them back and don’t cut them. Nail polish will not stick to nails with oil on them, so wipe your nails down with a nail-varnish remover containing acetone.
Time to polish
Using polish without base coat is like putting foundation on without using moisturiser. If you have strong nails use something hydrating, and for weak nails you need one that’s going to enrich the nail and add some protein. Pick a nail polish and roll the nail polish bottle between your hands for about 10 seconds. Shaking the bottle causes air bubbles in the polish and makes harder for the polish to stick to your nails. Apply one thin coat from the cuticle to the tip, and then wait two minutes before applying a second coat. After another two minutes apply a thin layer of fast-drying top coat. And you’ll ready to go!