1. I am a messy polisher. I am always getting polish all over my fingers and cuticles. To help me with this, I use a slanted makeup brush and apply vaseline around the sides and cuticles of my nails and on the skin underneath my nails if they are long enough. I use an ELF slanted eye brush for this - it's cheap and stiff enough to get the vaseline where I want it. It doesn't stop me from being a messy polisher but it does make the mistakes much easier to clean up.