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BN Beauty: Just Coat It! 10 Clever Uses for Nail Polish




Louboutin Shoes - BellaNaija - January2015

Apart from creating great nail art or making regular shoes look like Louboutins ;), there are actually some rather clever uses for nail polishes.

Due to their consistency, easy application, post-dry finish and more, nail polishes could just be the next best thing in the multitasking category, right next to the rubber band.

So, here are a few clever uses for the shiny nail varnish that could you try out.

1. A stopper for a run in your stockings
You remember those days when you would throw your socks away because they had a hole in them, and you knew that the hole getting bigger was inevitable? Well, you don’t have to do that anymore. 

With a little clear nail polish, you can stop that run in its tracks. Simply apply a small amount where the rip ends and voila! You can rock your socks again, or at least till it’s laundry day.

2. An envelope sealer
You no longer have to press and hold that envelope that just won’t stay shut. Just take your clear nail polish and swipe it lightly along the edge of the envelope, wait a few seconds and seal it up.

3. To thread a needle
I personally like this tip. I’m so over trying again and again when it comes to threading a needle. Simply dip the tip of the thread into the nail varnish and run your finger over it once or twice. As the nail polish dries, it stiffens and makes it easier to pass through a needle.

4. To preserve jewelry
Costume jewelry is one of a girl’s best friends, so prevent your jewelry from tarnish and fading with nail polish. Take a clear nail polish and run it over your jewelry with one or 2 coats. After it dries, it will act as a preservative for your precious pieces.

5. To tighten loose bolts & screws
I’m sure our D-I-Y Home Edition crew will love this. If you have loose bolts or screws in your home and want to tighten them up, just coat them with nail polish. When they dry up, screw them back in. The extra coating will make them bigger therefore tightening the grip.

6. Distinguish similar objects
Tired of mixing up your keys? Just paint them. Color code your keys and other objects that are similar by painting the different objects in different colours. It will help you get in your house faster.

7. Smoothen splintered furniture
Don’t let the table or chair ruin your clothes or give you a scratch any longer. Run a clear nail polish over the splinter to make the edges blunt.

8. Cover up scuffs on your shoes
Instead of mourning your pretty shoes and the scuffs they just acquired, paint them. Get a nail polish that matches the colour of your shoes and lightly run it over the scuffed part. It covers it up instantly.

9. Mark levels in containers
You can determine the level of food, liquid and more items in containers by marking them. This is great if you are mixing different substances that are sensitive to quantity.

10. Waterproof objects
If you have a notice outside or want to protect small objects in your home, simply run clear nail polish over it and it becomes waterproof!


These are only a few tips. If you have great top tips on using nail polish for more than painting your nails, be sure to share them with us!

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  1. newbie

    January 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Love the thread -your – needle tip. Must try it out as it seems my eyesight is getting silly these days!

    I remember the costume jewellery one too. How come I forgot all about it until now? Back in uni days that was my method of preserving kpanda jewellery. Must start doing it again 😉

  2. D

    January 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Ok when I first saw the title and saw the LB Shoes, fear first catch me, and I have seen some crazy stunt with them fake louboutin business.

  3. imose

    January 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    nice! I use them for my jewelries(the not so gold blings 🙂 ) and mark objects too. When i saw the shoe was wondering if the post was about painting the sole red. lolzzz You need to see how i scrolled through to read.

  4. Bimz

    January 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Oh thank goodness! At first glance i thought people have started painting their shoe bottoms red.

  5. Que

    January 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Very useful post!

  6. Nini

    January 10, 2015 at 12:21 am


  7. emerald

    January 10, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I use nail polish for my earrings… after sometime some of my earrings don’t size dr hooks anymore, like dey become loose and tend to fall off… so I jus use nail polish on dat part dah enters d hook, it makes it tighter…

  8. we

    January 10, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Yipeee,am just gonna buy a regular shoe and paint it RED..why dnt I ever tot of that…thanks!

    • we

      January 10, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Loubs ya niyen…will rock that until I reach level to get proper loubs,not all this one wey full market now.

  9. MiddyO

    January 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I tried the thread tip this morning. Worked like a charm! 🙂

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