Alternative Nail Product Use

The best tips for alternative uses for nail polish, nail polish remover and nail files. Also tips on storing and transporting and how to use cuticle cutters, pushers, primer, plates and stamps.

Other uses for nail files

Other uses for nail files
  • Letter opener With a sharp edge, nail files make for great letter openers. Just stick the nail file into the tape then pull the nail file through it. It’s that simple.
  • Opening packages Just like a nail clipper, part of the charm of a nail file is that you can use it to open nearly any package quick and easily.
  • Open bottle caps Have you ever had trouble opening bottles or cans? Try using the edge of a nail file over the tabs to prop them open.
  • Make-shift screwdriver If you ever find yourself with a couple of loose screws, but lack a proper screwdriver, a nail file can come in handy. Use it to tighten screws on sunglasses, small battery covers and other similarly small items.
  • Heavy-duty nail removing action If your office or house only has one staple remover, or if you’ve recently misplaced yours, a nail file can come in very handy. Use the pointy end of the nail file under the belt ends of a paper clip to remove it.
  • A weapon to protect yourself According to a 1997 article in the Washington Post, a 5-year old girl had been suspended from school for bringing a metal nail file to school, as it violated the school’s “zero-tolerance” policy on weapons. Parents, be sure to keep your nail files and electric nail files out of the hands of children.

How to use a cuticle pusher

How to use a cuticle pusher

Purchase a cuticle pusher but have no idea how to use the medieval-torture looking device? Then you’ve come to the right place. After all, not only is it one of the most important tools in any manicure, but cuticle pushing lets nails look better and longer. Follow these steps in order to give yourself the best looking nails possible.

  1. The first step is to apply cuticle oil before pushing if your cuticles are very thick. It will both soften your cuticles and make them easier to push.
  2. Using the flat end of the cuticle pusher, begin to push back one of your cuticles. The cuticle is located on both sides of the fingernail at the end of the nail base.
  3. Repeat step ones and two for each of your remaining nine fingers.
  4. Examine your fingernails and cuticles. If you find any dead skin or hangnails, cut them off with manicure scissors or a cuticle cutter. Trim as close as possible to the nail without damaging the nail or skin.

Extra tips:

  • Never push down on the cuticles with a cuticle pusher as you may damage the root of your nail.
  • Be cautious when using a cuticle cutter as you do not want to cut yourself or another person.

How to use a cuticle cutter

How to use a cuticle cutter

Do you suffer from hangnails or damaged skin around your fingers? If you answered yes, then you may want to invest in a cuticle cutter. Sharp instruments that cut smoothly and can also be used to cut finger nails.

Be sure to be careful when following the next several steps to avoid cutting your skin and infection:

  1. Soak your fingers in a bowl of warm water for several minutes. This will help make them soft and prepare them for grooming.
  2. Choose a good quality cutter.
  3. Cut off any hangnails as close to the base as possible.
  4. Cut any cuticle that is lifting away from the nail bed.
  5. Scrape the edges of your nail by gently using the cutter.
  6. Smooth out your nails and use the cuticle cutters to remove any rough edges. Clip small sections of your nail at a time.
  7. Extra tips:

    • You may want to soften your cuticles with oils like evening primrose oil 4 oz before using the cutter.
    • Carefully examine for any areas of dry and/or dead skin that needs to be removed by peeling back the cuticle.
    • Do not cut into any cuticle that is intact or attached to a nail bed. This living tissue helps protect you from infection by sealing off the nail roots.

How to use nail primer

How to use nail primer

If you’re planning on giving yourself an acrylic manicure, it’s quite easy. However, one of the first steps that you’ll need to do is apply agentle nail primer.

  1. First, apply a small dot of nail primer to each of your exposed nails. Be sure to avoid applying it on your cuticles.
  2. Allow 30-60 seconds to dry before applying a second coating.
  3. Allow for the second coat of nail primer to dry before applying acrylic to your nails. Wait for the primer to turn into a chalky white color, apply and paint over it.
  4. Follow the above-mentioned tips for desired results. Not only will it make your nails attractive, but your hands will look very sexy.

    Extra tips:

    • Do not hurry. Going fast may lead to a messed up look.
    • Be patient when applying to get the desired results.

Matte nail polish

Matte nail polish

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to acetone-based nail polish or just want to go and try something different, matte nail polishes may prove to be the alternative that you’re looking for.

Although matte nail polish could not originally be used with hand creams, cuticle moisturizers or other oil-based cosmetics without risking the finished polishes, OPI matte nail polish appears to have fixed this problem. Using a rubberized base coat that contains epoxy resin, the color is kept bonded to the surface when applied prior to matte polish. It is designed to prevent nail color from peeling, chipping or wearing off and may last up to two weeks.

Not only does matte polish last just as long as any other polish, but it chips less frequently and comes off easier with ordinary acetone/nail polish removers. The shades usually come in dark colors such as forest green, blue-gray, jet black and purple.

Extra tips:

  • If your matte finish chips, quick touch-ups are recommended as they do not mar the overall finish.
  • Never apply a top coat on top of matte polish.
  • Although the matte may originally appear to be shiny, it will rapidly dry down to a dull opaque color.

How to use Konad Nail Art Plates

How to use Konad Nail Art Plates

Tired of just painting your nails? Then get creative with stick on nail designs, which allows anyone to turn their nails into a living art gallery through the use of nail plates. Each of these plates contains a different selection of designs that lets users create art without having to worry about having a steady hand.

Using a simple process that allows people to create intricate patterns using stamps nail art plates lets users pick the design they want and apply. However, be sure that your nails have a base coat before applying. Place the stencil pattern and paint on top of your nail. Use an orange stick to ensure that all excess polish is removed.

Stick on nail desgins is available in a wide range of beautiful designs including butterflies, flowers and abstracts.

Extra tips:

  • An alternative to the scraper, and much easier to work with, is an expired gift card or credit card.
  • Any base coat is fine. It is recommended by most users to be careful when choosing your design.
  • A great alternative to anyone who wants to save money by doing their own manicures.

How to use Konad Nail Art Stamps

How to use Konad Nail Art Stamps

Konad Nail Art Stamps are a relatively new nail-imprinting kit that lets you put designs on your nails within seconds. Not only does it cost a fraction of the time and money that a professional nail salon would charge, but the stamps are flexible enough to allow users to change designs as many times as they want, whenever they want.

Although it usually takes most people two or three tries before they can get their desired results, here are some recommended tips for users to provide the best possible experience:

  • Do not press the stamp hard onto the image. Not only does it degrade the quality, but it will make transferring the design to your nail that much harder.
  • Although the art stamps are compatible with most brands of nail polish, make sure that they are thick to maximize results.
  • Be patient and do not rush as you may need to redo the whole nail if you mess up.
  • Seal with a top quality coat.

How to use a nail art pen

How to use a nail art pen

Similar to the Konad Nail Art Stamps and Plates, Migi nail art pens help add an interesting and dynamic look to your nails for any occasion. Although most intricate designs are done by a professional, nail art pens allow people to create nail art at home with next to little to no mess.

Be sure to read the following steps to ensure success:

  1. Apply a base coat of polish to your nails prior to pen application. Not only will it help even out the surface, but it will help the art last longer.
  2. After applying the base coat, any color can be applied that is similar to the background.
  3. Art designs can now be applied.

While most beginners like to find books online, local salons may offer classes on how to use your nail art pen.

Extra tips:

  • Always make sure that you start with pre-shaped and pre-buffed nails.
  • Nails should always be filed to the approximate same length.

Using nail designs

Using nail designs

In addition to nail polish, there are three distinct types of nail designs that are used to place designs on nails. These include nail art stickers, freehand drawing with nail polish and airbrushing with an airbrush or stencil.

  • Nail stickers, are often the easiest design to apply as they are sold as small stickers and can be placed without a base coat, although they do tend to stick better when applied on polished nails. They usually contain different types of art, including seasonal images such as pumpkins or snowmen. Their easy-to-apply design makes them friendly for adults and kids of all ages. A nice alternative to sticker application would be to use nail jewels and applying them flat onto nails.
  • Nail art design painted by hand can look nice as well with neon nail polish being used within the same design. Although it is generally recommended to see a professional for more intricate designs, a nail polish bottle and polish pen are all you need to create designs such as flowers or hearts. If you do plan on doing it at home, most people recommend the use of a bobby-pin tip.
  • Airbrushing is another design that is usually done by a professional. A small stencil, such as a Konad plate, is placed over the nail and then airbrushed to paint a design. Although this is more common on acrylic nails, it can be done on natural nails as well.

Storing nail polish

Storing nail polish

If you’re like anyone else who uses nail polish, chances are you’ve got tons of bottles lying somewhere randomly in your room or bathroom. Although they typically last up until 12 months, depending on the quality there are several ways you can use to keep them fresh and longer-lasting.

Although the most common way would be to store them inside an airtight container, did you know that the extra space in your refrigerator works even better? While it does help to slow down the discoloration as the polish gets older, there is a potential for sparks as you’re putting a highly flammable mixture into a sealed area. If you do have to put it inside one however, be sure to use a little petroleum jelly on the neck of the bottle to stop it from sealing shut. Best of all, it keeps it away from its natural enemy, heat.

A nice alternative place to keep them would be a place that is cool, dry and is away from sunlight as a cupboard or smaller nail polish storage bins.

Transporting nail polish

Transporting nail polish

One of the most common concerns for all nail polish users is carrying them on board an airplane with all of the new security laws in place. With only 3 oz. or below allowed to be carried on board in your carry-on luggage, many women are probably concerned with how to transport nail polish. Here are some tips on how to store them whether you are traveling via airplane or car.

  1. If you are planning on bringing your polish aboard an airplane, be sure to seal them inside a three-ounce or smaller container or a one-quart zip-top bag.
  2. Depending on the amount you are planning to transport and how far the location is, as well as how long you are planning on staying there, shipping nail polish through a post office could be a viable option. Roll the bottles in bubble wrap, place them in a freezer bag and stuff the box with bubble wrap. Be sure to mark as fragile as the post office may not necessarily take care of your box.
  3. While transporting inside a car, or anywhere else, you should always make sure that you put the containers of nail polish or nail polish holder inside plastic bags in case of an accident. You never know when the glass will break or if the container will leak, and it’s better than the alternative of having to clean them up.

Storing nail files

Storing nail files

So you’ve purchased a nail file, but you’re wondering where to store it. Well, if your purchase didn’t come with a standard carrying case or if you’re wondering how you can store your clippers, polish and other manicure essential on-the-go, here are some wonderful alternatives:

  1. Eyeglass Case: Normally, glasses cases are meant for glasses. However, thanks to the rather large diameter and size of the case did you know that it also makes a perfect on the go carry case for manicure items? It has enough space for one polish, scissors, an orange stick and clippers and can be placed conveniently inside your purse or pocket.
  2. Plastic bag: Plastic bags make for a perfect storage case for nail files and other items to help keep them altogether. Just make sure to minimize the risk of poking or ripping a hole in the bag by using a heavy-duty bag or double bagging.
  3. Cosmetic vinyl bag: Chances are that if you bought your nail file with a kit, it will come in a plastic or vinyl bag. This is still the ideal choice for storage.

Other uses for nail polish

Other uses for nail polish
  • Quick-fix glue Nail polish can be used for most adhesive needs.
  • Poison labeler Mark potentially hazardous material with a big ‘X’ in your house.
  • Thermostat marker Tired of resetting your thermostat? Mark the appropriate settings with nail polish.
  • Fill scratches on a hard wood floor Take some putty and fill the scratches with it. Layer the putty with nail polish to help seal it into place.
  • Fix a broken mirror You can easily remove a mirror from a fixture by saturating it with nail polish. Dissolve the glue, use a flat edge and watch the magic happen.
  • Repair a window screen While it may not be a perfect fix, it will help stop the tiny hole from growing into a major problem.
  • Wart remover Did you know that you can remove ugly warts with simple a simple application of nail polish? While you might think that it might just be an old wife’s tale, plenty of users can testify to this.
  • Remove sticker residue Removing sticky residue from glass and metal surfaces can be a pain. However, if you use nail polish it can be easy. If you are planning to apply on plastic, be sure to test it first as it may melt.

Other uses for nail polish remover

Other uses for nail polish remover
  • Removing stains from china Stains be gone. No need to purchase any new china just because your favorite old stoneware has a few new stains. All you have to do is clean the spots with a cotton swab or ball that is dipped in some acetone and viola! Good as new, or at least pre-stain.
  • Make magic markers disappear Nothing can trick magic markers into disappearing faster than some good organic nail polish remover. So if your kid, or roommates, have gone crazy writing on the wall, you’ll know what to use to remove it.
  • Removing paint from walls If you’ve ever painted your house, then you know how much of a pain it is to remove drips from unwanted areas. What do you do? Just apply some nail polish remover, wait a few minutes and then wipe away. It’ll be like it was never there.
  • Super glue’s kryptonite Using super glue can be a pain, especially when you get it on your skin. Why risk rubbing it off when you can just reach for some nail polish remover? Soak a cotton ball and hold it under the affected area.
  • Keep your watch clean Nothing can be more annoying than dirtying a new shiny watch, and with nail polish remover you can easily make it shiny again.

Other uses for nail clippers

Other uses for nail clippers
  • Remove bur/bleached spots from carpets Although scissors works just fine, nail clippers can also be used to carefully dissect damaged sections of carpet.
  • Cut pills for desired dosage It works just as well as a knife or razor, but has other uses as well.
  • An alternative on airplanes With all of the new security measures in place at airports, scissors have been banned. Use a nail clipper instead.
  • Opening packages A nail clipper makes a great substitute for a knife or letter opener.
  • Cut a fishing line Perhaps the easiest and most convenient way to cut a fishing line.
  • Nicking seeds A great garden tool, nail clippers can be used to nick seeds and promote plant growth.
  • Alpaca care Who doesn’t own an alpaca? Use a dog nail clipper to trim those teeth.
  • Bonsai trimming If you have a bonsai tree, you can use a toe nail clipper to trim it.
  • Nose hair remover A practical use for men everywhere, assuming you don’t have scissors.
  • Cut wires If you don’t have a wire cutter, nail clippers can be easily substituted in its place. Just be sure to wear safety goggles.