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Definition of Dabbing / Longbrush

  1. Some glitter polishes can be difficult to apply. Sometimes this is because the base in which the glitter is suspended ends up acting as a lubricant, allowing the pieces to slide towards the tip of the nail as you brush the polish on. In cases like this–or if you simply wish to add some glitter for more even/thorough coverage–the glitter can be applied with a dabbing motion instead of brushing it on. Other times, the glitter is packed so densely that it’s difficult to brush on without it clumping. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in itself, as I love a nice, dense glitter, me! But in such cases I apply these denser glitters by doing what I call longbrushing (I’m sure others have their own names for this technique too). Rather than stroking the polish on as usual, with the end of the brush, this involves touching the entire length of the brush to the nail so that it leaves a long stripe of glitter behind. Start down the center of the nail, then continue across the nail this way, gently pushing the glitter polish towards the sides with the length of the brush to help it spread.


Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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