Simple Manicure, Video

Perfect Polish Tips – How to get the perfect manicure

May 27, 2014

One of the most common questions I receive here and at Instagram when I post a picture of my nails is, “How do you paint your nails so perfectly?” I’ve done a couple videos in the past on this particular topic, but I thought I’d do another one since so many of you keep asking. :)

The polish I’m using in the video is Dior Rouge 999. I have the old version, but a new updated formula is for sale now.

Base Coat: Orly Bonder
Color: Dior Rouge 999
Top Coat: Seche Vite

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  • Marissa M. May 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Wow! I’m so impressed! It looks like you put on fairly thick coats of all layers. Do you never have issues with it becoming distorted or “pulling” or anything? Mine seems to dent really easily when it’s that thick.

    • kristina May 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      The Dior polish I used is a pretty thick cream polish. That’s probably why it’s so opaque–I can almost get away with only one coat.

      I’ve had that pulling issue before when I go to apply a top coat. Usually if I let the polish sit and dry for 5-7 minutes and then try applying the top coat again, that solves that problem.

  • Kelly May 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the fresh video! Something I’ve wondered, how often do you change your nail colour? More or less than once a week? Thanks! :)

    • kristina May 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Every 3-4 days.

  • Suzanne Watanabe May 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Hi Kristina!
    Thank you for sharing how you paint your perfect manicure! I always admire your beautiful nails on your card making videos! I love, love, love Seche Vite too! It’s a wonderful top coat! Have a wonderful day :)

  • RandellynB May 28, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Great tips and beautiful nails! You’re right on the money about being patient when applying nail polish, but I’d like to add that practice, practice and more practice will get people comfortable in painting their nails too. Love the Dior color (have yet to get a bottle). Do you have a list of favorite polish brands that you use most often? How do you organize and store your polish?

  • Tiffany Lewis May 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

    As always you are so helpful! That tip about putting the Seche Vite to the tip opened my eyes!! I started using their product because of you and I love it, minus the shrinkage so that tip is awesome!

    I also started stamping because of you, on an unrelated note :)

    I like your emphasis on clean up after painting. It kinda took the anxiety off me. lol. When you feel like you have to be perfect in the paint processes it can get frustrating, but knowing you can make some little mistakes and repair them later is like a sigh of relief!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary M. May 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for this video! I have a question: how often do you replace your clean-up brush? I bought one after watching another of your videos but I’ve gone through two since then because eventually the bristles start falling out. I’m assuming the polish remover dissolves the glue holding them in the handle…. Am I the only one with this problem? Maybe I’m just buying cheap brushes? =P Thanks again for the great tips!

    • kristina June 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I think I’ve been using the same brush for 8 or 9 months now. I do take care to only dip the tip into the remover, though.

  • chris May 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

    wow!! do you find the julep brush difficult to use?

    • kristina June 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Hmm… Not particularly.