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15 Nail Hacks You MUST Know

Paint your nails like a manicurist with these hacks:

  1. Use ice water to dry nail polish faster.

Use ice water to dry nail polish faster

Simply submerge the tips of your fingers in a bowl of ice water for three minutes and you’re ready to go.

  1. Set polish and prevent smudges with PAM

Set polish and prevent smudges with PAM

Spray the cooking spray on after painting your nails.

  1. Avoid chipping the tips of your nails

Avoid chipping the tips of your nails

Apply a layer of base coat along the tips of your nails, let dry, and then apply another base coat along the entire nail.

  1. Apply multiple thin coats

Rather than applying thick layers of polish, use thinner layers. This will prevent chipping and smudging.

  1. Apply petroleum jelly around your nails to make cleaning up mistakes a breeze.

Apply petroleum jelly around your nails to make cleaning up mistakes a breeze

Use a Q-Tip and swipe along the edges before you paint.

  1. Use Scotch Tape to create geometrical designs.

Use Scotch Tape to create geometrical designs.

Check out the DIY tutorial at Birchbox

  1. …or leave it there to create a pattern

…or leave it there to create a pattern

This tutorial for the Gingham accent nail by The Beauty Department is adorable

  1. Use a toothpick to create a perfect heart decal

Use a toothpick to create a perfect heart decal

See the full instructions at The Beauty Department

  1. Use a bobby pin to create a polka dot design

Use a bobby pin to create a polka dot design

Just dip the end in polish and dot onto nails.

  1. Use a white base coat to make colors pop

Use a white base coat to make colors pop

Use a clear basecoat first and then paint a layer of white before applying color.

  1. Use a tiny brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up edges

Use a tiny brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up edges

A paintbrush works!

  1. Whiten nails with peroxide and baking soda

Whiten nails with peroxide and baking soda

Mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2 ½ tablespoons of baking soda and apply.

  1. Give yourself a French mani with a rubber band

Give yourself a French mani with a rubber band

Stretch it between two fingers and paint.

  1. Create your own matte nail polish

Create your own matte nail polish

Just mix with eye shadow

  1. Use Elmer’s Glue to prevent mess-ups

Apply around the edge of nails before painting.

Check out Ani Michele’s line of nail lacquers to use with these tips!