Application tips

In this section we give you tips on applying your nail colour, how to achieve unique looks with simple nail art examples, and how to use colour to enhance the natural shape of your nails.

 

Application technique for nail colour
Always protect the nail plate with a base coat, Mavala 002 or Barrier base, and allow it to set before applying polish. Use long, even strokes when applying nail polish - avoid dabbing as the second coat will cover any missed areas. Dip brush into the polish and wipe off the excess on the bottle neck.

 

Application technique for nail colour

 

  1. Test consistency of polish on nail tip before beginning.
  2. Begin by applying polish down to the centre of the nail in one stroke, from base to tip, leaving a small space between polish and cuticle.
  3. Apply polish to cuticle base, stopping just short of the cuticle.
  4. Lift brush and stroke one side of nail from base to the tip, avoiding the cuticle.
  5. Stroke other side of nail from base to tip.


If colour has touched the cuticle or skin, wait until the polish has dried and remove with a cotton wool wrapped manicure stick dipped in nail polish remover, or use Mavalas' handy Corrector pen which is designed for this purpose.


Nail Art
Some professional manicurists specialise in nail art and the results can be spectacular. The do-it-yourself nail artist is advised, however, to keep it simple. Various arrangements of stripes and dots can be achieved by using a cotton-tipped manicure stick saturated with nail polish remover or, easier yet, Mavalas'Corrector pen.

Subtle or dramatic graduations of colour are possible by applying the same colour in different densities or by using different but tonal colours. Combinations of contrasting colours, or cream and pearlized colours, can create other decorative effects.

Nail Art


For a festive effect, sprinkle metallic or coloured glitter over Mavala 002 protective base coat while it is still quite sticky, let dry and apply two layers of Colorfix top coat to fix. Metalllic polishes can give a rich, precious metal look to the nails. Let your imagination be your guide!


Enhance the shape of your nails
There is no firm rule as to the form nail polish should follow on the nail. The simplest way is to cover the entire nail surface, but this may not best enhance your hands. The important thing to remember is that, whatever shape you choose, the free edge is neat and clean and the cuticles are completely free of polish. Here are some ideas to help you visually improve the shape of your nails.

SHORT, SQUARE NAILS


FANNED OR TRIANGULAR NAILS

SHORT, SQUARE NAILS

Shape
In order that the length of the free edge is not out of proportion, the nail should not be too long. Keep the top fairly straight, slightly rounded at the sides, but be careful not to file too deeply at the edge.

Polish
Leave a narrow strip on either side free to elongate the nail. Try also colouring under sides of the free edge with Mavala Nail White Crayon and adding a coat of transparent polish, or using one of our French Manicure Kits.

FANNED OR TRIANGULAR NAILS

Shape
Following the shape of the fingertip, file the nail into an oval: do not allow it to project far beyond the tip.

Polish
Leave a narrow strip on either side of the nail and a narrow space between polish and cuticle to visually lengthen the nail.

LONG, ALMOND SHAPED NAILS


LONG RECTANGULAR NAILS

LONG, ALMOND SHAPED NAILS

Shape
This is the ideal nail shape and can be allowed to grow as long as you wish. File into a smooth oval shape, not too pointed.

Polish
The entire nail can be covered with polish. Alternatively leave the half moon at the nail base free of polish, although this requires practice.

LONG RECTANGULAR NAILS

Shape
This nail shape is equally attractive long or short. For a strong look, file the free edge flat across the top leaving the sides straight.

Polish
Cover the entire nail with polish, or leave a narrow strip free of polish either side for a sleek effect.

ROUNDED NAILS



ROUNDED NAILS

Shape
This nail is as long as it is wide so let the free edge grow and shape into an oval to elongate the nail.

Polish
Leave a narrow strip on either side free of colour to visually elongate the nail.