I’m not the best at painting my own nails, especially doing my right hand. In other words, I can use all the help I can get to help me doing my own nails. So, I smeared some lip balm on my cuticles and went ahead with the usual hack job. And, yes, I suppose my paint job is marginally cleaner, but any excess lip balm that got on my actual nail took away from the smoothness and consistency of the polish.
Here’s a hack worth using: just go back over your self-manicure with a remover-coated Q-tip if there’s excess polish on your fingers. It actually works.