1) Make Fresh Paint!
Don’t waste that half-used bottle of red: “Combine two shades to create newer ones,” says celeb manicurist Myrdith Leon-McCormack. Grab last season’s leftover polish, pour another shade in it, add clear lacquer, too, then roll the bottle between your palms to blend.
2) Avoid Chips!
To make lacquer stay put, paint the tips, too. Do two thin coats of polish, then hold the brush vertically and swipe the color along the nail’s edge. “And don’t skimp,” says celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann. “Always apply a base coat, two layers of polish, and a topcoat.”
3) Do Texture!
“Put sequins on top of polish while it’s wet, then finish with a topcoat,” Lippmann suggests. Or try a glitter-flecked color. For a girly look, cover your nails with lace, says nail pro Dana Caruso.
4) Try a Bold French Mani!
Instead of pink and white, “do brighter color combos,” says nail pro Kim D’Amato. One cool idea pictured here: a blue base like Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Party in the Penthouse, paired with wild orange tips in Mango Maven ($8 each, Target).
5) Keep it Neutral!
Flesh-toned polish “makes your hands look elongated,” says nail guru Mike Potter. Try a pinky nude if you have a fair or medium skin tone. Stick with rich, earthy nudes if your skin is dark.