Saturday, 17 March 2012

Tips and Tricks for Shiny Nails

Some people have been enquiring about how I get my manis so shiny and the answer is lots of top coat!

On a normal day when I'm just wearing one or two coats of colour, I'll just use one coat but when I do lots of nail art on the nail, all the layers can create a bumpy manicure so I use two but there's a secret coming up.

My favourite top coat, and the one I use every day is called In A New York Minute from New York Color, or NYC. It's not specified that it's a top coat but it's clear so I assume that's what it's meant to be used for and I've been using it as my top coat for years. Full review and better bottle picture here.

In the picture below you'll see two bottles of the same polish but they look kind of different right?
The bottle on the left is a (nearly new) bottle and the polish is perfectly clear and a good consistency.
The bottle on the right is an accumulation of leftovers that I collect when the bottles run down and become thick. You can see that it's become cloudy although it's still crystal clear when applied to the nail.

Left: A nearly new bottle
Right: Combined leftovers from a few old bottles

As you can imagine, I get through a lot of this stuff and as the bottles begin to empty, the polish becomes thicker until it's almost too thick to use. I used to throw away this waste until I realised that it's great for 'glazing' my nails.

The Trick
Basically, I use one coat of the new stuff (on the left) which applies nicely and dries my nails quickly.

Once that's completely dry, I'll apply a coat of the thicker leftovers (left) which is a bit more tricky to get even on the nail but it leaves my nails with a completely smooth surface because it doesn't cling to any bumps left by nail art.

Don't be tempted skip the first step and go straight to the thick stuff because it will smudge any nail art you've taken the time to apply.

Remember, I only use this technique when I've got lots of layers of nail art on my nails. On a normal day, one coat works just fine.


So next time you're tempted to throw away the gloopy remains of your favourite top coat, DON'T! Keep them for glazing :)

17 comments :

  1. Hey!

    Seriously I love this top coat so cheap aswell but ive run out and I cannot find it any where! its so annoying not haivng a top coat! I tried the barry m one but that one is just not as good as the NYC one! I swear this top coat is a god send!!!

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  2. I swear by seche vite because of its thickness!

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  3. I can't thank you enough for introducing me to that top coat. I'm already on my third bottle!

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  4. I had a bottle of this in my hand at the store just today, but put it back! I'll have to go back and get it and try it out! Your manis are always so shiny!! =)

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  5. I can't wait to grab a bottle of this! I've picked it up a couple of times, but always put it back! LOL!

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  6. wouldn't the layers be too much? since you're applying base, nail polish and 2x top coats.. i always will think that there are too many layers which makes it hard to dry =/

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  7. I picked up some of the NYC the other day after reading that you use it and have no problems with it smearing your Konad. In the past, I have used Seche and then INM "Out the Door". Seche works well but I have a hard time paying so much then only being able to use half of it before it gets thick and difficult. INM smears my Konad, a fact I only discovered after two hours of stamping to get everything perfect.
    So I tried the NYC. It works great over Konad, dries fast, shines brilliantly ... *BUT* I am having problems with it cracking, bubbling and chipping. Am I doing something wrong? Any tips? I even tried to use a layer of NYC topped by a layer of INM and there is major flaking and cracking going on.

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    1. I felt the same way about Seche Vite until I saw Seche Restore. You end up paying a bit more, but you can literally restore the Seche Vite to the original consistency, all the way down to the ends of the bottle. It works beautifully.

      As for the NYC with the cracking and bubbling, sometimes polishes don't work well together, and sometimes it's a matter of your application. I tend to put on too much and get bubbles because of it. I don't really know how to tell you to avoid that, other than go slow.

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    2. I had not heard of Seche Restore. Must go find! Thanks!

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    3. Any polish thinner will work for this and any other polish. No need to throw away thick polish

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  8. yes, girl!!!! i use to mix a clear coat first and a thicker one after, but the idea of putting all the thick left overs in one bottle is such a gr8 thing to do....... thanks 4 the tip ;)

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  9. I always do this with my Sally hansen insta-dry :)
    It gets really thick too.. I just buy a new bottle and combine the old ones :p

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  10. Weird thing is that any of my top coats get thick so far :P But I just started using Sally Hansen Insta Dry so maybe, as Desiree says finally I'll get some thic one :P But I don't think I'll left this one after it get thick, since I finally found Seche Vite in Boots I'll go for this one...

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  11. I use layers and layers of top coat even on a regular mani. I use a combination of Seche Vite to make them speed dry, then after that I apply 2 coats of Out the Door. Then apply another coat or 2 each day after that. It makes for stronger nails and long last color polish manicures.

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  12. I wonder if polish thinner would help the thick top coat, or if that would mess with the formula?

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    1. It works just fine. Even for fast dry top coats. Just replaces the chemical that evaporates and makes it thick.

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  13. I love this idea! Ive done it without knowing that it would work out the way it did, at first i'm like this sucks its so thick! But I tried it on glitter & chunky glitter and it protects it, so it doesnt flake off!

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