Let's remove some cuticles shall we?
I made a video way back when and just now got around to posting it. In the video I am using Blue Cross cuticle remover, but as I mention Sally Hansen is also a popular one. Also, in the video I use a q-tip to apply and remove the dead skin; if you don't like that, use a wooden stick to remove the skin. I hope you enjoy my awkwardness!
Here are some relevant posts I mention in the video.
Cuticle Tutorial: Are you a cutter?
Why you shouldn't file when your nails are wet and Other rules to live by
Do my nails look fat?
Why using cuticle remover is useful for polish adhesion and results in longer wear:
Sally Hansen Performance Test
Do you want longer nail bed?
Taking care of the cuticles will help!