OUT WITH THE OLD
Unlike when you paint your house, you shouldn’t apply new nail polish on top of old. Place a pad saturated with nail polish remover on the nail plate and hold for five seconds and then, use firm pressure along with a circular motion to remove the color from the nail plate.
Product pick: EMMA Beauty Gold Non-Toxic Nail Polish Remover
Overgrown cuticles can ruin the finished product, so make sure you CAREFULLY get them in check. Apply a small amount of oil evenly around the cuticle of each nail and gently slide a cuticle pusher along the nail plate toward the cuticle area to loosen any dead skin from the nail plate.
Product pick: EMMA Beauty Cuticle Zap
BUFF IT OUT
Polish highlights everything, including nail ridges. To make sure your nails look smooth and ridge-free, gently buff the surface of each nail to a high shine with a grit buffer in the direction of the natural nail growth. If there’s’ still ridges or slight imperfections, you can use a product as your base coat to help.
Product pick: EMMA Beauty Ridge Derm
GET THE RIGHT PH
You need to make sure your nail has the right environment for the polish to stick – use a product that dehydrates the nail plate and create the proper pH for optimal adhesion of base coat.
Product pick: EMMA Beauty Grip Nail Dehydrator
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Start with a base coat - this primes and protects the nails, binds the polish and helps to smooth the surface. Next up, the color - apply a thin layer. Then finish it off with the top coat - you can either go high gloss or matte. Remember to let each coat dry completely. That is, unless you're doing a hip art project.