Proper colour application is important for you nail lacquer to be more long lasting! It also makes the finishing looks better!
I hope the previous post on filing had been a help to you (^^) The next step in achieving beautiful nail art is colour application!
From the left, OPI Chip Skip, OPI Natural Base Coat, OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red and OPI Top Coat.
OPI Chip Skip
To maintain the lacquer on your nails, first you need to balance out the pH level on the surface of your nails. This product by OPI will do the job! Just apply it onto the surface of your nails and it will dry out instantly! It leaves a whitish appearance but that's not to worry about. However, keep in mind to keep the surface of your nails from contact with anything, even your fingers! Or you'll have to reapply the product again.
OPI Natural Base Coat
I'm sure you've pretty much heard of base coat, no? Base coat is needed to protect your nails from yellowing. Besides that, it also makes the colour application smoother, leaving you with a more beautiful finishing!
OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red
We usually use red nail lacquer for practice as mistakes are easily seen with this colour. It's a striking colour and most people wouldn't dare to try this on their nails, but I think you should! :D It makes your hands look fairer! And oh, while I'm using red for this tutorial, that doesn't mean that it's compulsory to use red for
OPI Top Coat
Apply Top Coat when you are sure that your nail lacquer is dry! Topcoat seals up the colour, makes it shine and ensure your nail colours to be more long lasting!
The key in proper colour application is a round cuticle area and even strokes. Try not to get the colour onto your skin.
Start practicing on a piece of paper before colouring your nails. Start from one side and go over to the other side. The below videos shows you how to hold a nail lacquer bottle and how to apply nail lacquer. They're in Japanese but the video itself is self-explanatory.
Once you think you've practice enough, you can proceed on painting on artificial nails or on your own nails. The difference between painting on a paper and on your nails, is that your nails might have a less roundish cuticle line and has a curved surface. But the steps are just the same, so don't worry too much about it. Afterall, practice is the key in mastering colour application!
Good luck on trying!