When you apply nail polish, you want to make sure that you are starting out with a clean dry nail for your new color to be put on. Remove any old nail polish with a non acetone nail polish remover. This is the healthiest way to do this for your nails.
Wash and dry your hands completely. This will remove any excess polish remover and properly prepare for the application process.
Dip the brush into the bottle and get a generous amount of product on it. It is a good strategy to cover the entire nail with color with one to two strokes of the brush when you apply nail polish. Doing this will help to keep you from getting color on your skin.
Depending on the brand and color that you are using, you will want to apply 1 to 2 layers of color. You will want to allow each layer to dry for a couple of minutes prior to applying the next one.
The final step to apply nail polish is to seal in your color with a clear topcoat. Apply the topcoat in the same manner as you did the color. You must allow your nails to dry completely to make sure that they look truly fabulous!