When I first started out painting my nails on a regular basis I found it so hard to simply paint my nails never mind actually doing a design on them! Once I learnt the technique however it became much simpler. All you need is a base/top coat, the nail polish of your choice (and possibly some cotton buds and nail polish remover) Follow this tutorial for picture perfect nails every time!
Start off with clean, moisturised nails. I always wash my hands thoroughly before painting my nails and then using hand cream. Also, make sure there is no nail polish residue left on your nails from the last time they were painted.
Then apply a coat of base coat. This will protect and strengthen your natural nails. I use Barry M’s Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener. Allow this to fully dry before going onto the next step or it will get messy.
To paint your nails as neatly as possible, start with a stripe of polish down the centre of your nails, then from the bottom centre swoop up the left and then the right. This will cover the whole nail evenly and neatly. Don’t worry if you don’t get it on the very first time to try it. Practicing allows you to adapt the technique you are most comfortable with.
If you do make a mistake take cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and clean up the error.
Once the polish has completely dried add a layer of top coat to seal in the polish and prevent it from chipping.