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How To: Smudge-Proof Nail Polish

Two Ways to Paint Your Nails Smudge-Free

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to paint my nails with the opposite hand. Although I haven't become quite dexterous enough to master painting perfection, I have mastered two smudge-proof techniques just by using my little ol' pinky fingers to help me along the way. Try out these two tips below. They really do work, I pinky swear. (Groan.)

  • Pinky first — Start polishing your pinky nails first. Then, work inwards toward your thumbs. This way, you won't accidentally smudge over any already-painted nails. Frustration over.
  • Ready, steady — Ever get shaky hands while polishing? Avoid annoying mess-ups by using your painting finger pinky as an anchor. Just place the pinky finger of your wand-holding hand on the table to steady your strokes — kind of like a little kickstand.


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danixk danixk 8 years
thanks! i just finished my nails in "You don't know Jacquis!" by OPI and they look great!!
lilacwords lilacwords 8 years
Nice tips! I hate smudges.
lilacwords lilacwords 8 years
Nice tips! I hate smudges.
swati05 swati05 8 years
I always put on a nail polish nicely...but i just can't sit still for it to dry and there it all goes.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
Great tips!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
Great tips!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips! :)
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
yeah, maybe it's because I've been painting my nails since I was in kindergarten (seriously), but I've never had much trouble with painting my leftie - these are good tips, though, and I actually get shaky hands woth both sometimes...
emalove emalove 8 years
I think I do a great job painting my nails, but I am so impatient when it comes to waiting for them to dry!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
Also, paint your nails using the dominant opposite hand first. Like for example if you are right handed, paint using your left hand first. This trick always works for me.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I usually only smudge because I get impatient to wait for them to dry!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I don't smudge that often but I'll try those tips because I hate a smudged nail!
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
Using your pinky finger sounds like a good idea, but I just use the elbow of the hand I'm painting with.
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