I've gotten a few questions on how I paint my nails, so I thought I'd compile a post of everything that may be of help to my readers.
My basics for polishing: CND Stickey - NailTek Foundation II - Seche Vite
Foundation II is amazing.. it has made my nails HARD. They don't break anymore. I use Stickey over Foundation II if I'm planning to wear my mani for more than one day. Seche Vite is the ultimate HG topcoat for me. I have no problems with shrinkage, and I don't mind thinning it.
My basics for routine care: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream - 100% Vitamin E oil
The hand cream is the best I've ever tried, and I have tried a lot. It's a bit on the heavy side, so during the day I just use dabs of it and during the night, I use globs. I don't use the oil much.. only when I feel like my cuticles are really dry.
In regards of my polishing technique, this tutorial helped me immensely. I try to do my best when polishing to make it look very neat, but sometimes I use the 'MeganChair' way of cleaning up. I use a Filbert #6 painter's brush which I bought at Michael's.
Before clean up:
In terms of removing polish, I prefer to use pure acetone. Hmm.. other things... To shape my nails, I use a Swissco glass file from Sally's, which I love. It works great. I rarely buff my nails. If I have a tear in my nail, I use Orly Nail Rescue to patch it up. I think I'm missing something..
If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer!