Budget Beauty: DIY Tips for Keeping Your Manicure Looking Good

Posted on 07/09/2014

A manicure can easily cost $20 or more. But an entire bottle of nail polish is about $5. Going DIY on your nails is a great way to save a significant amount of money. But getting your at-home manicure to look like a pro did it can be tricky, unless you follow these budget beauty tips.

Spin, Don't Shake
Never shake your nail polish. It can be tempting, but you won't see professional manicurists doing it. That's because it will put tiny air bubbles into your polish which will impact the final look. Instead simply roll the bottle between your palms to mix it up.

Tiny Brush
We all make mistakes, especially when it comes to applying nail polish. Sometimes it goes onto the skin or cuticles, despite our best efforts at keeping a steady hand. Raid your stash of art supplies to find a tiny paint brush. Dip it in nail polish remover to create perfectly finished edges like the pros.

Hole Reinforcements
Love the look of a French manicure, but having trouble with the tips? Expert DIY-ers suggest picking up a pack of hole reinforcement stickers. A box of 200 sells for about a buck at Walmart. Apply a base coat and let it dry. Then attach one circular sticker to each nail, exposing the tip. Apply your color of choice, let it dry and peel off the stickers to reveal a professional looking French manicure.

Nail Polish Thinner
Is your polish getting thick and clumpy? Revive old bottles of nail polish by adding in a few drops of Nail Polish Thinner. It's less than $5 at sallybeauty.com and will keep you from having to toss out polishes from the past.

Apply Top Coat
Top coats can really help your manicure go the distance. There are lots to choose from, but the CND Speedy Top Coat, $8.50 at ulta.com, will quickly seal your nail color to keep it looking shiny and fresh for days to come.

By Alison Storm

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