Follow these steps for a salon-perfect manicure in 10 minutes. You need your favorite nail color, base and top coat, a nail file, a cuticle stick, cotton balls, acetone, cuticle cream, a small paintbrush, cuticle clippers and cuticle oil.
A:Nail polish is made up of solvents, film formers, resins, plasticizers and pigments. These ingredients are labeled as butyl acetate, xylene, toluene and formalin. Companies including Essie and Butter London use formulations that are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
A:Nail polish can go bad, but with proper storage it lasts an extremely long time. Manufacturers rarely list an expiration date on nail polish, so monitoring the polish's texture is necessary to determine if it has gone bad.
A:Among the best gel nail polish brands are CND Shellac, Harmony Gelish and Opi Gelcolor, according to Nails & Polish. Real Simple recommends Red Carpet Manicure. Beautezine points out that the polishes featured in do-it-yourself kits with soak-off gels are all interchangeable since all of them dry under UV or LED lights.
A:It typically takes between 1 to 2 hours for nail polish to dry completely, but hands can often be used after 5 to 15 minutes if a nail polish dryer is used. It is always best for a person to apply nail polish when there is time to allow the nails to dry fully.
A:Fingernail polish can be removed with a variety of substances. To begin, you need a removal substance, such as acetone or non-acetone polish remover, and an applicator, such as a cotton ball or disposable towel. This process should take about five minutes, or 30 seconds per nail.
A:To remove gel nail polish, soak the nails for an adequate amount of time in an acetone-based nail polish remover, then gently remove the polish. If you try to pry or peel the polish off, you are likely to cause significant damage to the nails. To remove gel nail polish, you need acetone-based nail polish remover, soak-off pads or cotton balls and aluminum foil.
A:The basic technique for painting a French toenail is to place a strip of tape over most of the nail and paint the exposed portion with white polish. A white nail-art pen gives superior control over application and is an excellent option for those with unsteady hands. For a chip-free French toenail, finish with a clear top coat.
A:Follow these steps for a salon-perfect manicure in 10 minutes. You need your favorite nail color, base and top coat, a nail file, a cuticle stick, cotton balls, acetone, cuticle cream, a small paintbrush, cuticle clippers and cuticle oil.
A:Pedicure designs, or toenail art, can include abstract shapes drawn on in nail polish, representational designs of objects such as flowers or fruit, simple patterns such as stripes or polka dots and embellishments with small charms or rhinestones. Many examples of toenail art are tailored to a specific holiday or season, such as a red, white and blue pattern for the Fourth of July or a blue-and-white winter design that includes small drawings of snowflakes on each nail. Many pedicure designs include embellishment on each toenail, though there are also examples of toenail art that focus on creating a design on one toe on each foot and painting the rest of the nails a solid color.
A:To groom your nails, clean and file them, remove the cuticles, wash and moisturize your hands, apply a base coat of polish, apply colored polish, and apply a clear top coat. This 45-minute process requires cotton pads, acetone, cuticle remover, a cuticle stick, water, a towel, soap, moisturizer and polish.
A:To get a professional looking manicure at home, start by removing any residual polish with nail polish remover, then file as necessary with a nail file. When the nails are clean and ready, cover with a clear base coat, followed by your dark-blue nail polish, and finish with another coat of clear polish to seal it in. This whole process takes about 15 - 20 minutes.
A:Certain types of acrylic can be recycled, though not all recycling centers will accept it. As a plastic, acrylic can be divided into two types: polymethyl acrylate (PMA) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Of these two types, only PMMA acrylics can be recycled.
A:To thicken watery nail polish, leave the bottle open in a well-ventilated place, clean the brush, check the polish periodically and put the cap back on when the polish reaches your desired consistency. This takes several days and requires a drinking glass, nail polish remover, a bowl and plastic wrap.
A:There are several methods that can be used to remove nail polish without using nail polish remover. You can use wet top coats, spray deodorants, body sprays or hair sprays. To use body sprays, use a Q-tip to apply body spray to your nails before rubbing the polish off.
A:To do stiletto nails, select 10 artificial nails, shape the tips into points, apply a base coat, cover the nails with colored polish, apply a clear topcoat, and glue the artificial nails over your natural ones. This 45-minute process requires artificial nails, nail glue, scissors, a nail file and nail polish.