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By Felix Akinnibi

What Is Nail Lacquer?

Nail Lacquer is another name for regular nail polish. However, it has distinct properties that set it apart and make it a favorite for beauty enthusiasts and nail professionals. 

Nail Lacquer

The term “lacquer” comes from the word “lacquering" which simply means applying a hard, protective finish to materials.

Nail lacquer offers a hard-wearing finish to nails, one that is hard to peel off or chip compared to regular nail polish. This makes it a good choice for those looking for long-term nails.

In summary, nail lacquers are hardy and are formulated in a way that they offer long-lasting wear and a high gloss finish. 

Benefits of Nail Lacquer

1. Lasts Long: Thanks to the formula and content in the substance, nail lacquer tends to last longer on the nails than regular nail polishes. This makes it ideal for people who are up and about their businesses to maintain fresh-looking nails for an extended period.

2. Gloss Finish: Nail lacquer has a high pigmentation and unique composition that contributes to its rich glossy finish. Many times it can replicate the look of salon gel nails without the use of UV light.

3. Versatility: Nail lacquers are available for wear on different occasions, regardless of the heavy labor involved. 

4. Beautiful Colors: Because of their higher pigmentation concentration, they have brighter and more vibrant colors with fewer coats.

Simply put, if you are looking for a nail polish product that can handle the hustle and bustle of the day, then nail lacquer is the one for you.

How to Apply Nail Lacquer

1. Preparation: Start by cleaning your nails and nail bed thoroughly. Then, file and buff your nails. 

2. Base Coat: Apply a thin layer of base coat to your already filed nails. This helps the lacquer adhere to your nails firmly for longevity.

3. Application: Gently apply the first thin coat of the nail lacquer, by starting from the base of the nails and moving down to the tip in smooth application. Leave no room for smudging and allow it to completely dry before applying the next layer.

4. Top Coat: Apply a clear protective layer, also known as the top coat over the already dried lacquer. This lets the nail lacquer shine.

It is also important to avoid common mistakes like shaking the bottle, as this can create air bubbles and disrupt the smooth finish. Instead, you should roll the lacquer bottle gently between your palms to mix. 

Also, make sure to avoid thick coats as they take longer to dry and are more prone to smudging.

Regarding maintenance, regularly apply a clear top coat every few days to prevent chipping and moisturize your cuticles to keep the lacquer's shine.






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