Tips! Tricks! Techniques!
How to: the Perfect Milky-White Manicure
Mon, 21 January 2013 1:03PM
Love it or hate it, white nail polish is proving to be quite the trend on the runway and red carpet these past few months.
Here at PRIMPED we’ve came to the conclusion that we should skip the solid block white polish and opt for milkier tones instead like Rachael here. However, it’s all about finding the right consistency, and also applying it correctly to get a streak-free finish. We turned to our white nail polish guru, Leanne Blois from Beauty at Bounce, to get her top tips for painting them at home.
Before we get started, choose your white polish. “You want to find a white nail polish that doesn’t give that Wite-Out effect, so look for one that has more of a transparent finish to it, “ Leanne says. “Milky-white polish is best when it’s new (ideally within the first couple of years of opening).”
Our pick of the white bunch? Essie Nail Lacquer in Waltz, $18.95, David Jones.
Clean your nails with nail polish remover, just to ensure that you don’t have any lint or fluff stuck to your nails. “With pale shades, any lint or leftover nail polish will show up once you begin painting,” Leanne explains.
Apply your base coat, and then slick on a thin layer of white polish, covering your nail in as few strokes as possible (check out the picture above for the amount of polish that you should have on your bristles; brush off any excess on the side of the bottle). Tip: To clean up any spillage on your skin or cuticles, grab an orange stick and dip it in nail polish remover, then twist it in a cotton wool ball; some of the cotton will attach to the stick, which you can then use to clean up the edges of your polish.
“When it comes time to add your second coat, make it a little bit thicker than the first (see picture above). I recommend doing this so you aren’t applying to many thick layers, and also so you aren’t constantly trying to fill in any streaks,” says Leanne. Tip: If you notice any streaky spots, don’t try to fix it, otherwise the finish will differ from nail to nail. The majority of the time the nail polish just needs to settle, and the streaks will smooth themselves out.
Now, grab your top coat, paint no more than four brush strokes per nail, then swish it across the tip of each nail to seal in the colour.
Here’s the finished product! Your nails should be touch-dry in 10 minutes, and completely dry after 30 minutes.
Primpers, how are you at painting milky-white nail polish?
Do you have a favourite polish? Please spill!