I have tips galore, dear reader. So to see my steps for getting better results, just keep reading.
- Ace of base: Always start with a base coat for dark polishes so that you get a smoother application and prevent staining.
- Swipe it: Before applying your dark polish shade, gently swipe the brush against the inner rim of the bottle to remove excess polish.
- Middle ground: Next, paint one stripe in the middle, starting about one-eighth of an inch away from the cuticle, moving up toward the tip. And now here's your key to success: use a bit of pressure when you move the brush up the nail, as this will help the polish spread out.
- Offsides: Then, for each side, start by placing the brush one-eighth of an inch away from the cuticle. Lightly press the brush down on the nail, but as you pull up toward the tip, press harder so the brush spreads out again. This technique will give you lots of coverage without the streakiness.
- Top it off: Once you've cleaned up any spills with a polish corrector pen or a Q-tip dipped in polish remover, add a top coat to keep your manicure lasting longer.
Other things to keep in mind:
- The power of pigments: Since dark polish is more heavily pigmented, painting on too much can cause peeling. To avoid that, as well as bubbling, apply two coats of color in thin layers and allow ample drying time in between.
- You've got options: For even more chip-proof power, paint a thin strip horizontally across the tip before applying your top coat.
- If all else fails: Not all polishes are created equal. If you don't get the coverage you want from your polish, it's time to try a different brand.