How to Not Suck at Painting Your Own Nails

Confession time: Even beauty editors suck at doing nails. Between our morning caffeine fix, long to-do lists, and just plain old lack of skill, we’re often left with a paint job that’s anything but professional—and sometimes downright scary. Hence our too-regular mani-pedi addiction, which, let’s be honest, is easy on the eyes but not on the wallet.

So, convinced that we can (and should) step up our nail game, we did some serious digging and rounded up some need-to-know tricks of the trade that will guarantee a prettier paint job. Mani-enhancing tips below!