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Mastering The Manicure: a Nail Polish Primer

Sometimes the only thing that's needed to revitalize a design or style is a fresh coat of paint, and the same goes for personal style as well. Perfectly painted fingernail polish can act as a subtle accent to any outfit in your closet or turn your digits into a conversation piece with flashy colors, effects, and designs too. Whether you like to wear your nails long or short, nail polish can take any look to the next level if you know how to use it.

Different styles of nail polish

Just as there are different methods of painting your home, so are there a multitude of ways that nail polish can be used to elevate your personal style. Here are just a few of the styles of nail polish for sale on eBay:

  • Base Coat - A base coat acts as a sort of primer and glue that helps to keep your fingernail polish lasting as long as possible without chipping or peeling.
  • Top Coat - Sweep a layer of top coat polish on freshly painted nails to preserve the desired effect, whether it be glossy or matte. Some top coats even contain glitter.
  • Polish Strips - Not everyone has the time to wait for polish to dry. Nail polish strips are a mess-free method of creating a flawless manicure in minutes.
Essential nail polish effects to try

As you shop on eBay for new nail polishes, consider looking for formulas that provide some of the following artistic effects:

  • Holographic - Holographic nails never look the same from one moment to the next. As each time the perspective is changed, the appearance of the color alters slightly. Think of it like a colorful oil slick for your fingers.
  • Color Changing - A color-changing polish will shift from one shade to another as the temperature of the paint changes.
  • Matte Finish - Although most polishes are known for their glossy shine, a matte finish gives a classic flat-paint look that offers wonderful depth to any finished manicure.
Finding the right nail polish formula for you

There may be a ton of options on the market for nail polish, but all formulas are not created equally. Here are just some of the available formulas you can try:

  • Gel - Gel polishes are thick and long-lasting and come in a variety of effects and colors.
  • 5-free formula - This nail polish formula leaves out harmful toxins and chemicals and is one of the more natural options for environmentally-conscious customers.
  • Lacquer - A traditional formula that leaves long lasting color and shine on your nails.
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