.Step 4: Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles and let them soften for a few minutes. Soak your nails you feel extra inclined. Then take a cuticle pusher and push back your now-softened cuticles until they appear as a thin line on your nail. Do not cut them. Cutting too much of your cuticles makes them a bloody mess, and cuticles actually serve to prevent bacteria and fungi from entering your nails.
Step 5: Steps 1 through 4 have been for the aesthetic purposes of your manicure. These next few steps are to make sure your manicure doesn’t immediately chip. Start first by wiping your nail one final time. You want to remove all of the grease from the cuticle oil and your nails’ natural oils. If your nail is too wet or too oily, the polish will not properly adhere and will chip.
Step 6: Apply a base coat. You need this to prevent polish from having direct nail contact and staining your nails. Some, like Eva Chen, even apply a bonder base coat.
Step 7: Paint your nails. In this case. The easiest way to paint your nails is to make sure your first stroke starts from the edge. Utilize the natural shape of the brush to make sure it is as wide as possible.
Step 9: Don’t forget to also paint the free edge, the top portion of the nail, and then finish with a top coat. Your top coat acts as a sealer, sealing all the other polish layers below. And there, in nine steps, you have a finished manicure.