How to Wear Dark Nail Polish: Step-By-Step Nail Polish Painting Tips

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
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20 Minutes

This tutorial is all about how to wear dark nail polish. When painting my nails, I tend to go for soft, neutral colors, but opting for a dark nail polish once in a while can make a welcome change.

Here, I’m going to show you how to paint your nails perfectly with dark polishes every time.

Tools and materials:

  • Base coat
  • Dark nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Brush
  • Top coat
Pushing back cuticles with a fingernail

1. Push back cuticles

The first thing is to start off with clean nails. Then, you’re going to push back your cuticles.

You can push them with your finger just like I’m doing here, or you can push them with anything else; it doesn’t matter, as long as it's clean.

Applying a base coat to nails

2. Apply base coat

The second step is to apply a base coat. A base coat is very important if you have natural nails. This coat prevents your nails from yellowing or staining from all the nail polishes that you use.

Preparing the brush with nail polish

3. Prepare the brush

For my nail varnish, I picked this very deep, almost black-looking color. Before painting your nails, you want to start by cleaning up your brush. You don’t want to have a lot of product on it.

Rather, there should be a bit of nail polish concentrated on one side of the brush and the other side you want to keep as clean as possible.

How to do dark painted nails

4. Paint your nails

The next step is to begin painting your nails. You want to get close to the cuticle but not too close. Otherwise, you will get polish on your cuticles, which will be a huge mess.

That is where people make the biggest mistake, so don’t go too close to the cuticle because it is very important to have clean and neat nails.

How to remove dark nail polish from cuticles

5. Correct any mistakes

Here, you can see that I went a bit over and messed up. If this happens, all you need to do is take a little brush, dip it into some nail polish remover and clean up your nails.

I always do this, and this is my trick to having perfect nails. Making sure that there is absolutely no polish around the sides of your nails will give you a flawless finish.

Simple dark nails ideas

6. Apply top coat

Once everything is very clean and neat, you’re going to apply a top coat. Apply this all over your nails and again, make sure that you’re not going into the cuticle area.

The top coat coat just makes everything more beautiful and shiny.

How to wear dark nail polish

How to wear dark nail polish tutorial

Here are my finished nails! Painting your nails with dark nail polish is really easy, and paying attention to detail pays off because it will mean that you get a flawless, manicure-style look.

I hope you’ll give this a go! Let me know which dark color you are going to go for.

Suggested materials:
  • Base coat
  • Dark nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
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  • Peggy L Schott Peggy L Schott on Jan 06, 2022

    Wonderful post! I love dark nail polish but my nails are really thin and short. Nail polish doesn't stay on very long because they always bend and crack. The rest of my family have great nails!

  • Carol Carol on Jan 12, 2022

    Yes I will. I always wear black fingernails but this looks so neat . I will try this. Looks beautiful