Step 1: Prep the nail: For best results, prep the nail using Seche Prep to remove any oil and residue that may be present on the nail. This will give better adhesion of the lacquer. If you don't want to get a special nail prep product, use nail polish remover to get the nail clean before applying the base coat.
Step 2: Cuticle preparation- the easiest way to push back the cuticles is with a towel or a cuticle stick after you get out of the shower while the cuticle is soft.
Step 3: Choose your base coat- the base coat gives your lacquer a good bond to the nail and keeps the nail from being stained by highly pigmented polishes. A ridge filling base coat will give you a smoother finish. You should be able to apply the base coat in three smooth stripes from the nail bed out to the nail tip. One down the center and one on each side.
Step 4: Apply the lacquer or color coat- only dip once for each nail. The wider the swath, the better. Start down the center and repeat on each side. Do all ten nails. Fan your hands through the air for a while to get partial drying. Repeat for a second coat.
Step 5: Apply the top coat. The top coat is extremely important. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat is the best you can buy. A good top coat will penetrate the lacquer down to the base coat, providing a single smooth strong coat of polish. Apply over wet polish. It should be a thick coat. Make sure you have a good bead at the end of the brush.