Saturday, August 4, 2012

Perfectly Painted Nails

This is the question I get all the time:

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
Nail Polish

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.
Nail Polish

2) Clean Up
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.
Clean Up

3) Photoshop
Viva la Diva Soft Matte in 32

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. =)

Thanks for looking and commenting!

13 comments:

  1. Ah, že prva fotka izgleda popolno, moji so vedno popackani hihi.

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  2. It's a really nice green Viva la Diva. I think I'll look for it next time I'm in Sweden :)
    It's amazing how visible little hairs are on the pics, when you don't even notice them in real life! :D

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  3. I see i've got alot to learn! I just paint mine, photograph them, and upload them lol! Now i know why your pictures are so much nicer, i will maybe try the tidying up technique, problem is i'm a lil bit lazy....

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  4. Thank you for this!!! It helps to know who that you photoshop. Have a happy day!

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  5. Whoa, že pred clean up fazo imaš izredno lep nanos, jaz imam vedno še malce več clean upa, razen če imam srečo s čopičem. Photoshopiram svojih fotk ne, kar se seveda pozna na kvaliteti objavljenih fotk, ampak se mi preprosto ne da. :D

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  6. I'm surprised that you use photoshop but if you dont enhance the color I dont care about the rest,I think very frustrating when people photpshop the nail polish color because I buy based on swatches I see online and there is nothing more upseting than receive a nail polish that is nothing like the pic you saw.
    I think that the "natural" photo (before photoshop) is already awsome.

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  7. I don't like when people retouch their nails in all their pictures. I think it sets up a false ideal for people, like airbrushing bodies/faces in magazines. I think the untouched ones look best! No one needs perfection anyway. :)

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  8. Not to keen on the photoshop thing. It made the colour of the polish look very different (at least with this particular one).

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  9. You are so right, all the tiny hairs and imperfections show at photos. Unfortunately I can't use PS but I still try to correct my photos before publishing them.

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  10. I think that your pre-photoshopped pictures are great, I don't feel "cheated" with the after version because your nails were already flawless!!

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  11. Upam, da te ne užalim, če rečem, da sem morala vsaj 5min gledat obe slikice (pred in po čiščenju), da sem sploh opazila majhno razliko. Mislim, da je že nanos s čopičem zelo dober/natančen

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