I've been practicing lots (& lots!) and I think I have perfected my technique... I've had fab looking nails (in my opinion of course!) for well over a month now.
My tip is to buy a good nail polish. I've been using the brand O.P.I and I definitely think it's made a big difference compared to the cheaper nail polishes I've used previously. My colours of choice have been a bright coral colour with a touch of shimmer, called 'Are We There Yet?' and a dark grey, called 'In The Expresso Lane'. I also have an O.P.I clear topcoat.
New ring from Wallis :-)
So that's 3 items ticked off the list... just another 32 to go!