Apply nail polish


Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover or swabs, clean customers’ nails and apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes.

Alternative labels

add finger nail polish
applying nail polish
apply nail polishes
add nail polish

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Apply nail polish is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Pedicurist: Pedicurists offer cosmetic treatment and care for their clients’ feet and toenails. They cut and shape toenails, give footbaths and exfoliation treatments and apply nail polish.
Manicurist: Manicurists provide fingernail care. They clean, cut and shape the nails, remove cuticles and apply polish. Manicurists apply artificial fingernails and other decorative items on nails. They advice on nail and hand care and sell specialised products.

Optional skill

Apply nail polish is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022