How do you paint your nails so perfectly?
To answer that question, I prepared a little post on how I do my nails for blog photos. Note: All photos in this post are photoshopped. That means I used PS to adjust the brightness, white and/or color balance. That doesn't mean they're retouched (like the last photo in this post).
1) Painting Nails
It all starts with the application of nail polish. Those of us who have been applying it on daily basis for years got a hang of it. Practice makes perfect. Or at least close to perfect. But practice isn't all. How we apply nail polish also depends on the brush (wonky, thin, wide, flat brushes), formula of the polish (thin, goopy), our application techique, where we do it (on the table or in the car while driving - while I'm at it, please don't do that!) and more... Check my Step by Step Manicure Tutorial if you'd like to know more.
Here's how I painted my nails with Viva La Diva Soft Matte nail polish in no. 32. This is how my nails look right after application with brush.
2) Clean Up
I'm usually not satisfied with how my nails look after I apply my nail polish and sometimes I make a mistake and I have to clean it up. I use nail polish remover and a flat art brush for this. This is how my nails look after the clean up.
No matter how precise I wanna be with the application or clean up, there's always something that bothers me once I take and see the photos. And everything shows on the photos. All the little bumps, the smallest dry cuticle part, a cat hair... That's why I retouch my photos. The photo above is photoshopped (white balance, brightness, color balance) and retouched.
So, now you know. Neither my nails nor my nail polish application skills are perfect. But I try. =)
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