In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, I decided to go with one of my ultimate favorite red polishes. I usually don’t wear red on my finger nails, but this felt fitting for the time. I chose OPI’s “I’m not really a waitress”. Doesn’t OPI have the best lacquer names?
This is a very rich red, with a bit of sparkle to it. The color reminds me of dark poinsettia’s, to be perfectly honest, though it’s name would claim to remind one of something else. I’m usually an Essie fan, but I have to say, OPI’s brush makes applying polish so much easier. Have you ever noticed their brushes have a slight curve to them? They are designed that way, and actually, there is a super easy way to apply it without having to go over and over it again.
- First, you start off with the brush with a moderate amount of lacquer on the tip of it (looks like a little bubble sort of on one side – not dripping).
- You start in the center of your nail, about 1 – 2 mm away from your cuticle. Press the brush down so it fans out and almost fully covers your nail (it fully covers almost all of my nails, with the exception of the middle finger & thumb). Pull the brush to the end of your nail & lift as usual. You should have a wide line in the middle, almost covering your nail.
- Do the same fanning motion so that the very edge of the brush (once fanned) with touch the sides of your nails on either side of the center strip – to cover the parts with polish that didn’t get covered initially. For the largest nail, it shouldn’t take more than 3 swipes.
There’s your first coat! You will find that it coated the nail evenly, and pretty well. Continue with the rest of your nails, and then head back with the same technique for the second coat. Once you do this, you will discover the love of the OPI brush. It’s an opaque, even coat every time! Love that.