I'm terrible at painting my own nails. Truly horrible. I've just never quite got the knack of it. I know most (right-handed) people struggle to paint their right hand, but my left hand is literally no better, so now I rarely do it. I guess it's like the opposite of practice makes perfect—no practice makes you even worse.
That's why I haven't painted my own nails for years because it's honestly more trouble than it's worth. But recently I decided that I want to look a little more put-together, and as I don't have the time nor the funds to get a mani every week, I reached for a bottle of OPI and I even surprised myself with how well that first mani went.
Unlike many of the other brushes I've tried, OPI's are super long and narrow, meaning it takes a few strokes to paint each nail, but you'll never completely flood the nail bed, as you might which a chunkier brush and a shaky hand. It almost forces you to go slower, which I've found has been pivotal in the creation of a passable at-home job.
The colours are super bright too and paint on just as saturated as they look in the bottle. And although it's always worth finishing up with a top coat (I love Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat, £15), I swear the polishes themselves are longer-lasting than most of the other standard-issue polishes I've tried—even my clumsy hands struggle to chip it.
Ready to give an at-home manicure a go yourself? These are my favourite OPI colours right now.
Because a cherry red manicure goes with everything.
When you've got super-short nails like me, dark colours look really chic and polished, but rather than a harsh black, I love a navy shade like this one.
Because I'm into yellow everything right now—especially yellow eye shadow.
This one is just a really nice salmon pink that I plan to wear with white dresses all summer long.
Here's to no more dodgy paint jobs.