eBeauty: Polish like a pro

By Kaye Robinson Keeley

Kaye Robinson Keeley is a Yorkshire lass now happily married and living in Dublin. Having always had a passion for beauty and art she enrolled in Barnsley college for two years to become a VTCT Nail Technician.

She is now 16 years a nail professional, with her own business here in Dublin for the last seven. Kaye provides all aspects of nail technology for her home salon and corporate salon clients.

Kaye is completing her independent teaching diploma and will be able to certify and pass on her knowledge and passion for all things beauty very soon!

Now that you’ve worked on the manicure and the pedicure it’s time to polish those beauties.

We are all so used to having our nails done for us that we are out of practice when it comes to polishing. So here is a step-by-step to help you along.

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Start off with a clean manicured nail.

Make sure the nail plate is oil free by wiping with a non acetone polish remover.

Step 2:

Apply your base coat or ridge filler coating the whole nail plate & the free edge.

This process is very important as it prevents the natural nail from staining especially when using darker colours. It also prevents chipping and makes for a more professional finish.

Step 3:

Using the colour of your choice place a drop of polish at the centre of the nail just above the cuticle area. Carefully push the drop towards cuticle then move your brush upward in a straight line till you meet the free edge of the nail. Glide over the free edge of the nail to cap the nail with colour.

Be careful not to overload the brush as this can cause the polish to flood the cuticle area. Thin coats work more effectively.

Step 4:

Going back into the polish with your brush (remembering to swipe the side) place at the cuticle area at the side of the nail then swipe the polish along the sidewall of the nail till you meet the free edge.

Step 5:

Repeat step 4 on the opposite side of the nail.

Step 6:

Repeat the whole process again for a second coat.

Most polishes will only need two coats for a full coverage.

If the pigment in the polish is too sheer you can apply a third coat. Just bare in mind the drying time will be longer.

Step 7:

Top Coat. Apply in the same method making sure to cap the free edge. This will prevent chipping & make for a longer lasting manicure.

Step 8:

Once all nails are completely dry use a drop of cuticle oil on each nail.

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