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Your Top Nail Questions Answered!: Guest Blogger

Nail art is a Birchbox obsession. One of the first places we look for inspiration is Glitter, She Wrote, Anna Norman’s cheery, imaginative blog, where she shares her gorgeous designs and muses about life in the Big Apple. This week, Anna takes us inside her nail guru world, and will show us how to get gorgeous, DIY art on our fingertips.

You tweeted your most pressing nail-related questions to #BBAskAnna, and I’m here to help!

Q: How do you get an even line of nail polish at the cuticle? @SarahAshley26

A: One of the most common nail painting “mistakes” I see is polish that pools over the cuticle line up onto the skin. Don’t despair—there’s an easy fix! After painting my nails, I dip an angled eyeliner brush in nail polish remover and carefully run it around my nail along the cuticle line. This cleans up any jagged brushstrokes and creates a clean, smooth line around the entire nail.

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Q: How do I get an at-home manicure to last more than a day? @cheapsk8mama

A: Base and top coats for nails are like primer and powder for the face—they’re essential for staying power. I like Orly Bonder, which has a unique rubberized formula that provides a “grippy” foundation for polish. A good top coat creates a coat of armor and keeps chips at bay. My favorite right now is Wicked Fast from Cult Nails. I’ve gone through three or four bottles of the stuff!

That said, I find that the speed at which my manicures chip relates more to the activities I’m doing than what polish I’m wearing. I use rubber gloves when washing dishes and cleaning, but I can’t let the fear of chipping my nails get in the way of my life. Chips are frustrating, but when a manicure’s lifespan is up, it simply means it’s time to try a new color. I can’t complain about that!

Q: What’s your favorite fast and foolproof nail art technique? @NicoleMAmato

A: For nail art newbies, I suggest making simple geometric designs using Scotch tape as a stencil. A simple triangle or vertical stripe on an accent nail is enough to turn a plain manicure into a style statement, and you don’t need a steady hand to do it. If Scotch tape is too intimidating, add a little glitter or a pop of a contrasting color to one or more nails. It really doesn’t matter what you do—nail art is about having fun and being creative. And most importantly, anyone can do it. Yes, that means you!

Don’t fret! There’s more mani know-how from Anna, just click here to see the rest of her posts.

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