File your nails to desired shape, making sure to only file in one direction and avoiding a back and forth motion. I think shorter nails look better with more striking colours but that, obviously, is just personal preference. I wash my hands after filing.
Use a hand-cream to moisturise. The one I am currently using, and quite happy with, is Soap & Glory Hand Food. It can be bought here for €6.90. It smells so good. Allow ten to fifteen minutes for the product to absorb.
Apply a first coat of the nail polish. Make sure that the brush is not over-loaded and paint on in a thin coat. Allow to dry. I find that by the time I have painted the other nine nails, it is fine to begin the second coat.
Time for a second thin coat of the nail varnish of your choice. I try to draw the colour over the tip of my nail for a longer chip-free period. Again, give sufficient time to dry.
Use a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover to clean up any areas where you may have made a mess. Happens all the time!
Apply a top-coat to add shine and hopefully make the application last for longer. As before, do not over-load the brush and distribute evenly over the surface of the nail. If possible, leave for thirty minutes to dry fully.
The finished nails...
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blue Plum
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top-coat