Are your nails natural?
Yes, I never had gel or acrylic nails. I am thankful for my healthy nails to my mother :)
What are your favourite nail polish brands?
After removing my old polish I wash my hands with soap to get rid of the nail polish remover and don´t apply any cream or lotion.
Then I apply base coat. My favourite is Essie Protein Base Coat, about which I already wrote. It dries really quick, so I can start painting my nails immediately.
Painting the nails...I tried to do a video, which would be easier to understand, but it was crap, so I will try to explain on a picture:
I always sweep one side of the brush against the bottle to get rid of too much polish. If you have too much polish on your brush you can never paint neatly. On the other side if you pick too little, the result will be crap too. The perfect amount of polish is about expirience, everybody needs it different. When I place the brush on the nail I put about half of the amount on the top of my nail (number 1 on the picture). By doing this I don´t get all the polish on the bottom and nothing on the top. I had problems with that when I started painting.
Then I start paintng my nails like everybody else does BUT I do it a bit different. I don´t place the brush the closest to the cuticle as I can get. From my experience it is really hard to do that neatly. Instead I place it about 2-3mm away (look at number 2 on the picture). When the brush lies on the nail you have better control of it. So now I just slide the brush close to the cuticles. It is really easy.
After doing this I do about three strokes on the whole nail and I am finished :)
I know it might sound a bit complicated or confusing, but 99% of the times I don´t have to do any clean ups on my cuticles and I have a nice and neat curve like on the picture without any other cleaning.