I just learned an AWESOME tip about how to get a perfect white manicure
First of all, "white hot" manicures are ALL the rage right now. They are perfect because its a lighter version than classic black, it goes with anything and works on all skin tones (once you find your perfect white!)
#1 Use a base coat
I love the Jessica Nails Restoration Base Coat ($8 on amazon)
Tip: some base coats work best when totally dry and some need to still be tacky/wet. Check the labels of your to know how they work best!
#2 Grab your white polish for your first coat. I like Zoya's Polish in "Snow White"
(just released for 2013 in 4 finishes!)
Apply a coat of white polish, and make sure you only do THREE strokes of color
One in the middle and one on each side
I love this tip for how to do it right
You're trying to touch the nail as few times as possible
Don't worry if its streaky!!!!
#3 Once the first coat has dried a bit, apply a MATTE top coat to nails
Try Essie's Matte about you $9 at Ulta and Walgreens
#4 Apply another coat of the white polish
#5 Seal it off with top coat, I like Orly "In a Snap!"
Now you've got the perfect opaque white mani!
You can always do a 'party nail' (before top coat!) too!
Now THAT'S White Hot!!!!!!!!