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If you are applying clear nail polish, you can bet your bottom dollar your nail will shine like the sun. Clear nail polishes protect your nail and any applied polish colors while adding a glossy finish. Used on natural, color-free nails, clear coats work to strengthen the nail and reduce the risk of cracks and breakages. If you want to avoid this shine, a nail buffer gives the clear nail polish a matte, or dull, appearance without removing the polish or damaging your manicure.
Wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Wipe each nail clean of debris, such as dust from nail filings or dirt. Allow to air dry. This gives a clean, smooth base for your clear nail polish application.
Apply one coat of clear nail polish to each nail and allow to dry. Apply a second coat of clear polish and allow this layer to dry completely. By applying two layers of polish, you have added security that the clear polish will not flake or peel off during the buffing process.
Begin with your right hand and gently run the buffer across your nail from the left side to the right. Never make back-and-forth motions with nail buffers or files because this can damage your nail. Continue buffing left to right, checking your nail every few strokes until you are satisfied with the dull appearance. Repeat this process on your left hand, working the buffer across the nail from right to left.
Wipe each nail clean with another cotton ball dipped in alcohol. This removes any particles that came loose during the buffing process. Immediately wipe dry with a clean cotton ball.