When faced with the choice of nail color most woman think of reddish shades of color, but often stay away from red. Red nail polish can be fun and flirty if your manicure is done properly. A red nail manicure shows you have confidence and want to stand out in a crowd. Woman are stepping outside the normal shades and opting for bolder, brighter shades. Red is a perfect color for any season, and looks especially good with formal dresses and for holiday events. Red nail polish does however show flaws easily. The nail polish should be applied properly, and your nails should be prepared the right way to avoid chips and smudges. Touch ups are also necessary to keep your red nails looking flawless.
Choose a color – The color of red you choose is completely up to you, and the mood you are feeling that day. Brands that cover well in one coat are better because it lessens the chance the color will chip. OPI nail color is a popular brand. Your can but it online or at make up stores. It is a little pricey ($8-$16) for nail polish, but well worth it. For those that are daring and want a sexy color, opt a deep red. For a flirty fun look brighter reds work well. Most people think they can’t pull off red nail polish. The tone of your skin makes no difference. With enough confidence you can feel good in any shade of red.
Prepare your nails – The length of your nails is also important. Short or long, you have to decide on a length and shape that works for your lifestyle. If you are a person that uses their hands for intricate work, or hard labor, a long length is not the best option. Be true to yourself and your lifestyle. Shape your nails to the desired length and round the edges to a shape that works for you. With a small bowl of warm water, soak your cuticles, and push them back with a cuticle stick. Ridges and bumps will show once you have the paint on so it’s a good idea to get rid of any with a good buffing pad. It will create a smooth surface for the red nail polish, and make your red manicure last longer. And anti-yellowing basecoat can be applied if you want before the red color is applied.
Paint your red nails – Starting a short distance from your cuticle apply the brush with a good amount of polish on it. The space allows or any bleeding that may occur and keeps the excess off your finger. Get as close to the cuticle as possible without getting messy. Then with even strokes pull the brush towards the tip of your finger. Fill in the rest of the nail with even strokes. A cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover works well to remove any polish that end up on your finger. Red nail polish shows mistakes and flaws more than other colors. Be sure to do a neat clean job. If you have to remove all the red polish and start over on a certain finger do so. If you try and fix flaws you will only get bumps and ridges making it look worse. If you need another coat wait until the first is dry. After the color is done you can apply a topcoat to protect the colors. Make sure that your red manicure is completely dry before touching anything to avoid chips and smudges. You can reapply the topcoat every few days to keep your red nail manicure in tip top shape.