Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I have decidedly un-feminine hands. I have big square palms and long fingers. My hands are as large as a lot of men's.
Oddly, I have super strong nails that grow and grow and grow. They grow out quickly, too. I don't like getting my nails done professionally because I have to get them filled more often than normal.
I do, however, love to paint my nails. I have 30+ nail polish colors, plus a few different nail art colors. I also have nail polishes that give different effects (magnetic, crackle, etc). It's rare that I don't have my nails painted (about once every two or three months I'll leave them naked for a week to let them breathe).
Things I've found:
-More expensive polishes last longer than the cheap stuff and don't chip nearly as badly.
-Light colors wear longer and don't chip as badly (or as noticably) as dark colors.
-ALWAYS use a base coat and a top coat. Don't use the all-in-one stuff. Make sure your base coat is specifically a base coat.
-Regardless of how much you skimp on the cost of the polish itself, always invest in the best base coat and top coat. They can make up for a lot.
-When painting your nails, paint a thin layer of white school glue around your cuticles to keep the polish from getting on your skin. Then, when you're done, just peel off the dried glue and you'll have perfect nails.
-Don't rush. Make sure every coat you apply is thoroughly dry before applying the next coat.
-Be sure to apply dark colors more thickly. This will hide any imperfections and give you a deeper color. It also means they won't chip as quickly.
-NEVER bite your nails, even if they break. Use a pair of clippers if a lot breaks off, or a file if it's just a little. Biting leaves ragged edges, which grow unevenly, which make your nails more prone to snagging on something and breaking.
-Have fun. Do funky colors, even if you think you can't pull them off. Experiment with doing different effects and combinations.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.