4 Easy Tips for How to Paint Your Nails With the Opposite Hand

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
5 Materials
20 Minutes

If, like me, you are right-handed, you’ll know that it can be a real pain to get a nice even finish when painting the nails on your left hand. Or if you’re left-handed, then vice-versa.

In this tutorial, I’m going to give you some top tips for how to paint your nails with the opposite hand. These tips will give you more confidence when painting the other hand as well as a great, clean finish.

Tools and materials:

  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish remover
  • Q-tips
  • Clean up brush
How to paint nails on your non-dominant hand

Tip 1 - Keep your hand still

Tip number one and most important tip I would say is to keep your other hand still and by placing it firmly on the table when painting your nails.

This will stop it from shaking, and it will allow you to paint your nails very easily and nicely.

If you try to paint your nails when your hand is up in the air, your hand is more likely to shake, and you won’t get a clean finish.

How to paint nails with your left hand

Tip 2 - Only put the polish on one side of the brush

The second tip is to only have polish on one side of the brush. Scrape off the other side so that you have nothing on one side, and on the other side, you have nail polish. 

Tips for painting nails with left hand

Tip 3 - Rotate your hand, not the brush

When I paint my nails, I keep the brush still and rotate my hand because this will allow you to be very precise and paint your nails easily. Do the same thing when you’re wrapping the tip.

You also want to apply the top coat in the same way by rotating your hand and not rotating the brush.

Using a brush to clean up nails

Tip 4 - Nail polish remover is your friend

Don’t be afraid to use nail polish remover, Q-tips, and a clean-up brush. They are your best friends when it comes to painting your non-dominant hand because they will allow you to clean up any mess.

Painting your nails with the opposite hand

How to paint your nails with the opposite hand

Those are my top tips for painting your non-dominant hand. Follow these tips, and you’ll have an equally flawless finish of both hands. Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips of your own.

Suggested materials:
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Nail polish remover
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  • Dee Dee on Dec 28, 2023

    I find a orange wood cuticle pusher stick cleans up the overlap polished edges over a brush?

  • Stephen Stephen on Dec 28, 2023

    Where can I get the nail polish clean up brush? Never saw that before