How to get a streak free manicure

A streak free manicure? Yes, it is possible! Turns out the key to a streak free manicure, may actually be streaks. What?!

We spoke to our resident expert, celebrity manicurist Gerry Holford, and she explained that after your base coat, your first coat of color should be very light, and it’s alright if it’s a little streaky. “Think of it as primer under your foundation – it doesn’t need to be perfect, but it sets the base for the next coat of color” says Holford. Using a light hand and just a few strokes for the first coat means that the coat will also be a little thinner, and it will dry sufficiently before the second coat.

Using a little more pressure for the second coat, spread the polish evenly across your nails. “Don’t use too may strokes” says Holford. “The more times you go over your nail, the more likely you will end up with a streaky result. A few even strokes is better than pushing the polish around on the nail.” This is particularly true for colors that streak easily, like light pink, blush, and yellow. If you have made any mistakes or have any little smudges, a coat of glossy topcoat can even those out.

Elise Wright

Elise is a social media strategist from Sydney, now living in NYC, who has a long standing love affair with the beauty industry- especially the nail industry!

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