I have been on a red nail polish kick over the last year. If you know my sister, you can ask her. She's sick of me choosing a different variation of red every time we get a pedicure (which was only like twice it the last year, but whatever).
The thing is, I don't generally paint my fingernails. There are a number of factors that go into this. I don't have the patience. I don't know what color to paint them without making me look like a 12-year-old. I don't have the patience for them to dry properly. I know they will chip within 24 hours and start to look shabby and I'll end up taking it off tomorrow anyway. I don't have the patience. See a running theme here?
When I do work up the nerve to actually sit still for hours on end and paint my fingernails, I stick to Julia Robert's wedding mantra in Steele Magnolias. Blush and bashful. My colors are blush and bashful. Unlike Julia's character, Shelby, and her Pepto-Bismol pink ceremony, I choose the lightest pinks and most neutral colors I can find. This only seems to add to my problem. These light and sheer colors need multiple coats of paint for full coverage.
So ladies who paint your nails, tell me something. What are your tricks for painting your nails without feeling like you're wasting hours on end waiting for each coat to dry? And can a working professional really get away with going bold on long fingernails, or should I stick with blush and bashful?