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How to Manicure Short Nails

Learn how to do a manicure on short nails from Spa Taxi owner Danielle Corbin Jaime in this Howcast nail tutorial.

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Now, here's a few tips on applying nail polish to very short nails. Depending on the season or the holiday, people choose either soft colors or dark colors. You can achieve a perfect manicure on short nails despite what color you use.

What I recommend is always make sure that your cuticles are moist and clean because if they're dry, they'll absorb the color around your nail. You don't want that to happen. So to avoid that, always use cuticle oil around here, right around the finger. What that'll do is it'll create a slip which will prevent the nail polish from sticking to your skin and your skin from absorbing the excess polish. Once you've done that and you've completed all 10 fingers, you go in with an orange wood stick and just clean away the sides. And always remember to clean the skin right at the tip of the nail.

The best way to apply the polish is the same three to five strokes, but make sure that they're short strokes. Always seal the free edge which means that you will get some polish on the skin, but as another option you can always use a nail polish remover pen. It gives you control, and it allows you to just touch the skin and clean it right up. There you have it, some tips on applying nail polish to short nails.

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