Friday, October 21st, 2011

Choose or Lose

When applying nail polish, do you put the polish on your dominant hand first?

  • No! (80%, 3,192 Votes)
  • Yes! (19%, 769 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,970

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18 thoughts on “When applying nail polish, do you put the polish on your dominant hand first?

  1. I purposely apply polish to my right hand first, because I am right handed and I would rather get the “difficult” hand done first.

  2. Nikita

    I’ve recently started painting my nails in an odd fashion. (For reference, my right hand is dominant.)

    I’ll paint the nails on my left hand, except for the thumb. Then I’ll paint the nails on my right hand (again, except for the thumb). I keep the thumbs unpainted so if I need to quickly scrape off a little errant polish I won’t mess up how the thumbs look. Then I go back and paint the right thumbnail; if I accidentally touch the nails on the left hand while handling the brush chances are they’ll be all right because they’ve had a little longer to dry. Then I paint the left thumbnail. I tend to have minimal mistakes with my thumbs, so I’m not worried about scraping.

    I wonder if there’s anyone else that does this?

    • Natasha

      Haha, I do this tooooo!

    • My hands shake and essentially can’t do my nails without making some mess – keeping two nails clean for spot clean up is a great idea! I am totally trying this out over the weekend. :)

      • Nikita

        Good luck with your nails! Hopefully this will help you out some :)

        I also find that working against a hard surface helps me when my hands are shaking. I like to stand up and rest my arms/hand being painted against my bathroom counter so there isn’t a way for me to move around. I tend to fidget, so it helps me 😉

        • My hands always shake, and always have. I completely brace myself against a surface and even hold my breath to help with fine tasks but I always have a little spasm at some point and end up with polish all over my cuticles. :)

          My best tips are related to cleaning up the mess after, like using lotion beforehand on skin or a hot shower to loosen the polish on skin. 😉

    • I do it like this too!!!! hahaha!!

  3. What a good question! Especially cause it seems like such a small detail, but I actually thinking about this a lot. I am left-handed, and I always apply it to my right hand first. I guess I like to get one hand perfect quickly so it gives me more confidence to move on to the next one.

  4. Vicky

    No. Only if I do nAil art. When I do designs and such, I paint my dominant hand first so I wont be tired and bored. Because the non-dominant hand cant do the little designs that easy.

  5. Marian

    I’m ambidextrous!

  6. Faye

    I put it on my dominant hand first because it’s easier to use a non-dominant hand (my left) to put polish on when I don’t have to be careful about smudging the polish! Having said that I always do several coats anyway.

  7. I always put it on my left hand first (and I am left handed!) because if it doesn’t come out amazing, I know it can only be better on my right hand!

  8. MissMercurial

    I’m pretty much/functionally ambidextrous (Wikipedia calls it “cross-dominant”). I can’t write as well with my left hand as I can with my right, but it’s the only hand I use when playing sports and it’s usually the hand I prefer for doing small tasks (i.e. it’s the hand that I reach with first when preparing to do something e.g. getting a glass from the cupboard).

    So my nails come out the same – the left is perhaps slightly neater 😛

    I’ve started doing my nails while waiting for (sometimes on) public transit; my commute is a painful two hours long. Best time-killer ever.

  9. jenny

    How fascinating! You’d think the results would be close to 50/50.

  10. TygerKitty

    I always used to paint my non-dominant hand first and then realized I can paint better with my dominant-hand nails better than the other way around so I switched it up and it goes much better!

  11. I try to paint my dominant hand firs, but I like seeing the result done right before I screw up royally. But I wait forever to make sure everything is bone dry on every nail. Brilliant timewaster.

  12. queenfrostine

    I *should* paint my dominant hand first, I actually think often how I ought to do this as it’ll give my right hand more time to dry before I start moving about. Which is important as I think I’m even more right hand dominant than most right handers, so most of my wet nail accidents happen on my right hand. But any time I try it, it just feels weird. Even weirder than just painting with my left does. My routine does not want to change!