Painting your right hand or dominant hand can create a bit of a ‘before and after’ look which isn’t intentional. So here’s some tips on how to get both hands looking like they were done by a pro and not by a 3 year old distracted watching their favourite cartoon…
1. Take some extra time
After painting your left hand there’s a tendency to quickly move onto the right, even though it’s going to be completely different ballgame. When painting your right hand, your non-dominant hand is going to be shakier and also has the wet nail polish you just painted so you’ll handle the brush differently. Plus your right hand is at a different angle, which brings me onto the next point…
2. Tilt your hand
In order to get a nice clean line against the side of your nail without getting it onto your skin and cuticles, you need to be able to see the area! To paint your right hand with precision, tilt your right hand towards the left (or your left hand to the right) to get a better view.
3. Start with your little finger
There are a few pro ways to paint your nails but these have often been created under the assumption that someone else (a manicurist) will be doing your nails. If you’re doing them yourself then that changes the situation. By starting with your little finger and working your way towards your thumb it’s easier to move from finger to finger without them getting in the way.
4. Don’t overload the brush
To keep the nail varnish neatly within the frame of your nails, it’s super important to make sure the brush hasn’t got too much varnish on it. This is mostly what leads to flooding the cuticles. In fact you can load the brush with less varnish than usual, as you can always go over it.
5. Right, middle, left
When it comes to the actual painting part, apply one swipe of nail varnish down the right side first (or left if you’re left-handed). Usually you would paint down the middle first but, when painting your dominant hand, the hardest part is keeping the varnish on your nails and not your skin. By getting the tricky side done with first, it’s easier to control where the varnish goes next.
Lastly, practice will do a lot!
I really hope this helps. Let me know if you’ve tried it out or have your own ways of getting around painting your right hand or dominant hand.