How to Paint your Toenails Professionally

Professionally painted nails look expensive and clean. They may also add to the overall look of your outfit, and they may compliment your eyes or your hair. However, the cost of professionally-done nails is high and with the whole world in a financial crunch, money for luxury services is scarce. Fortunately, you can paint your toenails right at home, even if you have never done so before.

First, you will need to clean your toenails. This will help the varnish stay on longer and look cleaner once applied and dried. Soften your feet by soaking them in a mixture of warm water and baking soda. You will need 1/2 part baking soda to 2 parts water. So, use 1/2 cup baking soda to 2 cups of water. Soak your feet for at least thirty minutes. Then, use a cuticle pusher and cuticle remover to remove the excess cuticle that is on your toenails. Then, trim and cut your nails to your desired shape and size. It should be easier to remove the excess cuticle and to cut your toenails once you have soaked your feet.

Choose the color of varnish that you want to apply. Dip a few cotton balls in nail polish remover, and have them ready for when you need to clean up the sides of a toenail.

Shake the varnish bottle vigorously. The more you shake the bottle, the better the consistency of the varnish will be. You want the varnish to be as fluid as possible. Since it settles and gets thicker when it is not opened or shaken, a bottle of nail varnish will need to be shaken for at least 2 minutes. Shake it in between applications (shake once per foot).

If you are right-handed, begin with your smallest toe if you are starting with your right foot. If you are starting with your left foot and you are right-handed, begin with the big toe. This will help avoid smudging of the finished toes. Dip the applicator brush into the varnish and remove some of the excess. It should not be dripping. Then, place the brush on the toenail, against your toe’s skin (cuticle edge) right in the middle, and brush towards the right side of the toe nail, moving outwards toward the tip of the toenail. Continue this process, except this time move the brush towards the left side of the toe nail, still moving outwards toward the tip of the toenail. Now, you should only have the middle portion unpainted. Start near the cuticle edge, and just paint outwards toward the tip of the toenail.

If you accidentally paint on your toe itself (on your skin), just use one of the cotton balls dipped in nail polish remover.

Repeat the process on all of your toenails, and soon, you will have toenails that look like they’ve just had a visit to your nail salon.