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How can I eliminate brushstrokes in my nail polish application?

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How can I eliminate brushstrokes in my nail polish application?

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How can I eliminate brushstrokes in my nail polish application?

Debbie Krakalovich: The key is to use plenty of polish. First, make sure you have a full or nearly full bottle of Polish (try keeping two of each color on hand so you can top off your bottles). First, dip the brush into the bottle and when pulling it out, press one side against the mouth of the bottle, but make sure to leave a small bead of the color on the tip of the brush. Next, place the bead that’s on the tip of the brush in the middle of the nail plate near, but not on, the cuticle (leave about 1/32” gap). Then, pull the bead on through the center of the nail to the tip. Let your brush glide over the nail. For your second stroke, start again from the cuticle and stroke down the right side of the nail. To finish, use a third stroke down the left side of the nail. Make sure you polish the tip of the free edge.

The important factor in pulling through the polish is to keep the brush flat against the bead. Hold the brush even with the nail plate and glide the polish on, do not brush it. Keeping the client’s wrist down will allow you to keep your wrist firm and stable against the table top. This keeps the brush at just the right angle. Apply a second coat using the same technique and you should have a brushstroke-free polish job.

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