Get Perfect Nails with Q-tips and win $50 to Sephora!

| February 19, 2012 | 150 Comments

That’s riiiiight! Time for another Q-Tips giveaway! I’ve already shown you how to angle your eyeshadow and assist  in a pimple’s demise all using a Q-tip. This tip is allll about cleaning up manicures.

For my nail polish lovers out there who are still struggling with getting perfect application, using Q-tips Precision Tips are GREAT at helping you clean up mistakes. Because the tip has a nice little point, dipping it in nail polish remover and sweeping it along the edges of the nails instantly cleans up nail polish that landed on your cuticles and beyond.

Easy as pie, y’all! Thanks to Q-tips, I am giving away more gift cards. Yaaaaay!! Two lucky Clumps of Mascara readers will each score ONE $50 gift card. Answer the mandatory question in the Rafflecopter (you must submit a comment to do this) and increase your chances of winning by doing the other tasks.

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This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was  provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.

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  1. Jenny says:

    Love me some Q Tips! They have saved many an eyeshadow (or nail polish) mishap!!

  2. Dionne says:

    That color on your nails is beautiful. What is it?

  3. Amanda says:

    Of course I polish my nails regularly — I run a nail art blog! :P Great giveaway, thank you!! :)

  4. Karen Lenz says:

    Yes i polish almost daily. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :)
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  5. Wynell says:

    I polish my nails regularly !!!!

  6. Rachelle Lyn says:

    I always use Q tips for nail polish mistakes.

  7. Rachelle Lyn says:

    I always use Q tips for nail polish mistakes. Always use them for eyeshadow too. :)

  8. Nydia says:

    These babies are on my CVS shopping list for today! Woohoo! I polish my nails all the time and am so messsyyyy!

  9. Sara says:

    oh my, i have passed over that polish many a time but i am definitely picking it up now! it looks great on you! and that tip about the qtips is great, i don’t clean-up that often because i hate using a brush. i’ll try it this afternoon when i pay my nails some much-needed attention.

  10. Thea says:

    Of course I polish my nails regularly!!I have a nail blog! I better :D
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  11. I always use q-tips for this purpose! lol
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  12. Gloria says:

    I definitely need to get some of these

  13. Kurls says:

    I love that color. You make polishing look so easy!

  14. Mary says:

    I always remove my nail polish with q-tips.
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  15. Jayla says:

    that polish is sooo cute i just wanna know if it long lasting cuz its seems lik polish lasts all of 24 hours on me :/

  16. Erica says:

    Q-tips are definitely a staple in my polish routine, now matter how much I try not to, I always make a mess around my cuticles.

  17. L. Michelle says:

    QTips are a staple in my home, for everything!! Need to reup now before I run out!
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  18. L. Michelle says:

    I am horrible with actually polishing my nails, but I do LOVE the Sally Hansen color strips!! #winner
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  19. I got these q-tips in my stocking and they are perfect for this and cleaning up undereye makeup!
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  20. Lola AM says:

    Yes! I usually polish around 2-3 times a week depending on wear/chipping. I hate chipped polish.

  21. Becky says:

    I love qtips

  22. Becky says:

    I Polish my nails regularly?

  23. Prime Beauty says:

    I always use Q-tips and even have a stash in my makeup bag and my travel kit!

  24. Katie says:

    I must admit I don’t polish my nails regularly, once they start to chip I just remove them.

  25. Ashley says:

    Great giveaway! I do polish my nails regularly so this is a great tip.
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  26. Brittany L. says:

    No I don’t polish my nails regularly. I would wear polish more often, but I can’t get it to last a day without chipping.

  27. tou says:

    where would we be without q-tips???? lawd!!! I use em for almost everything. clean makeup around me eyes, clean my ear out, clean my eyebrows after i pencil it in, my nails, apply a pimple cream, blend lipstick, the list goes on.

  28. Fantastic beauty tips. I am really bad with cleaning my nails. Will certainly take this into consideration.
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  29. Giselle E says:

    Yup, I have to have some kind of polish on my nails everyday. Mostly because my nails are so ugly from my job that I need to cover them up. I’ve definitely used q-tips for cleaning nail polish. I think I’ve ever seen some with a sharp point which is perfect for nails!

  30. LaNeshe says:

    I have just started polishing my nails weekly.
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  31. Haley says:

    I really like the idea of a precision tip! I’ve only used the standard q-tips before, so I might have to pick these up. :)

  32. eight says:

    I don’t polish my nails regularly but I have been painting them more often these days!
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  33. Jewel says:

    I havent kept Q-Tips in the house in years. I guess I need to rethink that.

  34. Claire says:

    I’ve always used Q-tips for cleanup since I can’t bring myself to pay for one the wands as they seem so expensive when I can just dip a Q-tip in nail polish remover. I never thought to use the precision ones, though, but now I will!
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  35. Nana Yaa Pabi says:

    wow you make it look so easy lol maybe because am messy painting my nail

  36. Lizzy says:

    I have gotten back into polishing my nails lately. I never thought to use q-tips to clean up polish on the skin around the nails.. great idea!

  37. Nausheen says:

    This Q-tips look really cool! I’m a klutz when it comes to painting my nails, so these will be really helpful!

  38. LaToya says:

    I polish my nails regularly and would love this.

  39. Rai says:

    These look very useful! I don’t wear polish regularly though.
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  40. Elise Johnson says:

    I don’t polish my nails regularly, because I hate trying to clean up messy jobs. But with these, clean up will be easy!

  41. Faith says:

    I have nail polish phases. I love the colors so I own a lot of polish, but I’ll forget to do my nails. Once I get the nail polishing bug, I’ll polish my nails often until I have another break. A cycle.

  42. Grace says:

    I polish regularly~! Love my nails :D

  43. I really like to polish my nails, especially my toenails.
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  44. Ashley says:

    I polish my nails on regular!!! I prefer painting my own nails than getting them done :)
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  45. Karen German says:

    ohh love q tips! need some of these tho!

  46. Kristine says:

    I try to get my nails done once a week :)

  47. Tiffany Reed says:

    Just what I need! When I do my own nails, they always look jacked up! lol This will help clean them up a lot. Thanks for the Q-tip! lol

  48. Tiffany says:

    I rarely do anything to my nails. It is one of those things that I resolve to do each year, but I rarely ever keep it. 2012 will be my year :)

  49. Selena torrealba says:

    I polish my nails every week with new colors! I love nail polish!

  50. I used to never do my finger nails, but now I’m completely addicted to polish, i paint my nails a few times a week!
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  51. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for the helpful tips! I always seem to mess up when doing my own nails

  52. Shakira Nicole (@KiraNicole) says:

    I’ve always used Q-tips to clean up nail polish mistakes…they are a true lifesaver but I had no idea they could be used for eye shadow too…thank you!!!!

  53. Jamie says:

    I do mine weekly! : )

  54. Ashley says:

    Yes I certainly do polish regularly! :)
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  55. Caitlin Donnelly says:

    Hmm……I guess it’s becoming a habit, so I’ll say yes.

  56. Jessica F says:

    yay! I love nail polish :)

  57. One of my many uses of Qtips. <3<3<3

  58. Nikki A says:

    yes, once a week or so. Never thought about using q-tips for nail cleanup, though I do use them for eye makeup.

  59. SR says:

    I always have to get 2 packs of q-tips when i buy them.. one for everyone in my house, and one for me. i go through them so fast! especially since my mascara application always ends up being some sort of mess. no matter how hard i try to be neat. qtips and a bottle of makeup remover have become part of my daily routine

  60. Phyrra says:

    I soo need to get some precision tip q-tips!
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  61. Rachel says:

    I just about always have my nails painted :)

  62. Sandy says:

    It’s been too long since I polished my nails (months), but I plan to start polishing regularly again soon. And I loove Qtips for everything, especially cleaning up my eyeshadow/eyeliner mistakes!

  63. Alicia says:

    I have always used Q-tips to fix my nails:)

  64. Allyson says:

    I’ve tried everything, even q-tips, just not “precision q-tips”. i’ll try it

  65. mrslovelyann says:

    I polish my own nails at least once a week…I love nail polishes!!!! I just polished them today with Essie: Smokin’ Hot :)

  66. Ashley says:

    Oh yeah, I polish my nails regularly! Q tips are a must have for so many things! They work great with cold cream for removing stubborn eyeliner.
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  67. Katie says:

    I loooove painting my nails, I have like 50+ bottles. I haven’t painted them all that regularly since I got my job last year though. I use my hands because I shelve books at a library, so they chip a lot. But I still paint them fairly often despite that!

  68. I use q-tips to clean up my mani messes all the time! They’re perfect for so many beauty rescues!
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  69. Danae says:

    I polish my nails regularly!!!

  70. Liz M. says:

    I wish I had the patience to polish my nails regularly, but I feel like as soon as I do them, they chip like a day or two later. :P Love that shade of polish on the vid, though. :)

  71. Dee says:

    that nail polish color is gorgeous! I’m a fan of using the original q-tips to clean up mishaps, but these precision tips will definitely give a neater clean. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Shaun J says:

    I do polish regularly. There are so many colors out there that I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t.

  73. Kori says:

    Q-tips are the best, I always find new uses for them. I love that blue color on your nails; please let us know what it is!

  74. Cosmolude says:

    I wish I could paint my nails regularly but I can’t wear polish at work :( When I have a few days off, I get so excited because I can paint my nails. I need to stock up on q-tips so I think I’ll try to find the precision ones this time. I use q-tips to clean my manicures and also to clean up the excess polish (in the water) when I’m attempting to do some sort of water marble design.

  75. Diahonia says:

    I usually try to but I’ve been slacking lately :\

  76. Jodi says:

    My friend and I polish our nails every Saturday while watching Korean dramas. :-)

  77. Sejal says:

    of course i polish regularly!

  78. Solangel says:

    I do a mini-manicure every Sunday :D

  79. Krystal says:

    Love this tip. I’ve tried generic q-tips and aint nothing like the real thing, baby! This is helpful advice for those who love a precise manicure.

  80. Laulo says:

    I use regular Q-tips and they work great for me. No lint on my nails. I guess I’m used to using them!

  81. Andrea says:

    I always use Q tips for nail polish mistakes :)

  82. Jaweria says:

    i regularly paint my nails and use Q-tips for corrections , it is the most economical way !!
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  83. S Carter says:

    Yay! I polish my nails 2-3 times a week. I am a nail polish junkie!

  84. Suzanna says:

    Yay! I polish my nails regularly is hard to find a polish that wont peel after a 3 days, I wash my hands a lot & work with my hands so a mani doesn’t even last a week. Love the color blue by the way.

  85. Carissa Mosley says:

    Good tip… I used q tips all the time

  86. MsFarrah27 says:

    I polish my nails every week, I enjoy switching up colors you never know what to expect with me.

  87. Kelly D says:

    Yes, I polish my nails often.

  88. Tamiko says:

    Yep I polish my nails just about every two days.

  89. She says:

    Yes, I polish my nails (and my daughter’s nails) regularly. :-)

  90. Celine says:

    Once in a while I do when I have the patience. I love glitter nail polish!

  91. Anjali says:

    Always use q-tips for eye makeup mishaps and nail polish :)

  92. Kate says:

    Yay, definitely :) I end up painting them every few days, I just love switching up colours.

  93. Courtney says:

    I’ve used Q-tips to clean up polish for years, but I’ve never used the kind with pointed tips. Cuticle pushers wrapped in torn cotton balls work well, though, so I’m sure these particular swabs do a good job!
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  94. Sherry says:

    This ol’ broad loves me some color…and Q-Tips, since I was a child some 50 years ago. Hehehe…

  95. T.R. says:

    I get my nails done regularly. Though I am trying to start doing them myself more often. Like everyone else when I do polish my nails I use qtips to clean up the messy parts.

    Also great for eyeshadow mistakes too.

  96. Drea J says:

    This color is gorg!

  97. Drea J says:

    I just got into polish on the regular! I still get annoyed because I can never get good wear time like other ladies :(

  98. Kaylie says:

    I polish my nails about once a week. When they start to chip, I just remove the polish and let my nails rest for a bit! :)

  99. MoniqueHasana says:

    yay, I do my nails every Sunday. thank for the tip on the perfect nails

  100. Tori says:

    Hell yeah i paint my nails regularly ! if not i look like i have man hands :P lol

  101. jenn says:

    I use to but I have no time now :(

  102. Amoure Jones says:

    Even as a very well practiced polisher I fumble sometimes and always have a few spare Q-tips on hand just in case of spillage.

  103. Amoure Jones says:

    I polish my nails regularly (about every ocuple of days)

  104. Ashley says:

    i dont polish my nails regularly. only for certain events

  105. Autumn says:

    I like to paint my nails dark when they’re short, and either clear or very light pink when they’re longer. Dunno what that’s all about.
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  106. i hope i win, and i got to get those q-tips

  107. yes i polish my nails once a week, please regard other post. i forgot to read the questions

  108. so i like your and q-tip fb pages and drop a comment on here

  109. Valerie says:

    I’ve gotten much better with polishing my nails, but I used to use Q-tips all the time for cleaning up my manicures. Of course, I used the regular Q-tip, so it didn’t work quite as well.

    I usually polish my nails twice a week.

  110. TraciB says:

    Yes I do! I didn’t use to because I thought my nails were too funny looking. Now I do and enjoy experiementing will alll kinds of colors and glitter.

  111. Stef Cunningham says:

    I do polish my nails all the time!!! I work with people and like my fingers to look clean and neat!

  112. Monique says:

    I will definitely have to get some of these! I almost always make mistakes when I polish my nails. I usually clean them up with the regular Q-Tips but the precision tip seems like it would be even better!

  113. Amanda says:

    I polish my nails at least twice a week.Its one of my favorite ways to relax and take time out for me. :)

  114. Kirsten says:

    I usually do my nails once a week, either the same color (if I love it) or a different polish. I’ve been obsessed with polish lately, my collection’s been growing!
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  115. Tiffany says:

    Yes I polish my nails very often. Yay :-)

  116. Lisa Brooks says:

    I have the hardest time painting my nails and NOT having it look like my 7 year old did them! Great ideas!

  117. Haja says:

    I try not to do my nails regular, I’m afraid they might get thin from the nail polish remover :0 I wish I did tough, I love nail art!

  118. Ashley says:

    Yay! I polishjust about every other day and Im starting to get into nail art, so much fun!

  119. Sabrina says:

    Nope. Haven’t polished them in forever, because I don’t have the patience and the polish doesn’t last more than a day when I do it. I prefer to just spend money to get it done right.
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  120. Kilah says:

    I do my nails faithfully every Sunday. One week in every month though, I wont use polish and I’ll let them breathe.

  121. Jasmine says:

    I always polish my nails. They help me to grow them out by not biting them when they’re pretty:)

  122. Yes! I do a weekly manicure! :)

  123. Juliana says:


  124. Bianca says:

    I change my nail polish 2-3 per week! thanks for the awesome giveAway!!

  125. Deanna G. says:

    Yay! I love doing my nails. :)

  126. TG says:

    Nay–but its something I swear I wanna start doing more frequently. Toes are ALWAYS polished need to get into the habit of keeping the nails polished as well!

  127. KaylieJade says:

    I use q-tips every day!! They’ve saved my life more than once!!

    K xx
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  128. Tracy says:

    Nails every day – of course! Q-tips FTW!

  129. Calli says:

    Mostly yes, I do my nails about once a week.

  130. Edyne says:

    I’ve been doing this since high school. Best nail secret ever!

  131. AshlieO says:

    I do not polish my nails daily! Now that I know about Precision Tip Q-tip I might consider. I had no idea Q-tips made the precision tips. AWESOME!!!

  132. jill says:

    yep, i feel naked when i don’t have polish on! thx for the giveaway! :)

  133. Stephanie says:

    yes i love it :)

  134. Sabrina says:

    Yup, lately I’ve polishing my nails every week!

  135. Carolyn N. says:

    I only polish my nails for special occasions, but I’m trying to be less lazy!

  136. indie says:

    I polish my nails at least 3 times a week but it still always looks like I did it in the dark. I will definitely try the q-tips.

  137. Adell says:

    I polish my nails once a week or every other week, depending on how long the nail polish takes to chip/fade

  138. Aramide says:

    I don’t polish my nails regularly but I would like to start. I just feel like I’d be horrible at it, especially when it comes time to painting my right hand. But I think I’ll give it a shot and practice and have lots of Q-tips nearby!
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  139. I haven’t been painting my nails daily for the last few months…because I’ve been interviewing, and I don’t want to have to scrub off a flakie-manicure that’s less than a day old if I suddenly get The Call!
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  140. Yay! I do indeed polish my nails regularly, which isn’t very healthy for them I’m sure. Can’t help myself though, plus I love to heap on the glitter :o
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  141. Ivy says:

    I use Q Tips all the time for cleaning up my eye looks. :) I don’t do anything to my nails besides regular trimming, though.
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  142. Brooke S. says:

    I try to polish my nails at least once a week. Last month I slacked off though and didn’t have them painted for like 2 weeks *gasp* lol Now I’m back on track and hope I don’t slack off again.

  143. Charity S says:

    Yes, I polish my nails on a weekly basis.

  144. Jamila M, says:

    Yes, I always polish my nails. I wash dishes alot so always have to upkeep them.

  145. Melissa says:

    I love painting my nails, so a definite yay! And q-tips are a beauty item I don’t think much about, but couldn’t live without!

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