Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clean up Tutorial

I have had several people ask me how I get my nails to be so neat and clean. No I am not perfect at painting my nails. I know there are some girls who can paint their nails without getting any polish on their skin or cuticles, I am not one of them! I have gotten much better at painting my nails neatly, it just takes practice. I am still not perfect at it nor do I expect I ever will be. After each mani I do some clean up to neaten up the look of the mani. I am going to show you how I do it. It seems like so much work but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier.

Here is what I use:

Acetone, small bowl, angled brush

This is a close up of the brush that I use. It is just a flat angled brush.

So this is yesterdays mani before I cleaned it up. You can see the polish on my skin and cuticles in these two pictures:

Ok here is how I do it:
Step 1: fill the bowl just a little with acetone and dip your brush in it. I usually dab the brush on a paper towel after dipping it, otherwise you will flood your nail with acetone and take off more polish than you want. 

Step 2: Clean the polish from one side of the nail, then the cuticle, then the other side. Or in any order you would like, it doesn't really matter. Make sure you are using a nice sweeping motion and that you are not putting too much pressure on the brush. It does not take very much pressure to get the polish off. 

Here is a picture comparing the cleaned nail to the uncleaned nails. See what a difference it makes:

Here is the before and after pictures:

Before Clean up
After :)

I hope this was helpful!


  1. Sorry these pictures are a little dark. I am not sure why they turned out a little dark.

  2. What a fantastic idea using the angled brush! I use q-tips and they don't always work as good as I'd like them too.

  3. I need to get an angled brush now... thanks for this!

  4. Off to raid my kids paint supplies! Thanks for the idea!


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