I used to love getting my nails done. I totally got hooked on gel manicures for their finish and durability. However, after awhile, I couldn't justify spending $50 on getting my nails done. So I took it upon myself to save some pennies. With just a few tools at home and some patience, you can achieve a salon quality manicure. This method usually stays on my nails for two weeks!
- nail clippers
- nail file
- cuticle oil (I use coconut oil)
- orange stick
- polish (I love all of Essie's colors)
- top coat (I recommend Seche Vite Dry Fast)
Start by removing any polish that you had on and clip your nails to your desired length. I clip mine pretty short because they grow crazy fast and I type a lot.
FIle your nails to your desired shape. I tend to to do the classic square shape. Try to file them in one direction only. Sawing them back and forth weakens your nails.
Cover your cuticles in cuticle oil, or in my case, coconut oil. Let them sit and soften for 3-5 minutes.
Push it back with the flat side of your orange stick to clean them up.
WASH YOUR HANDS! Wash your hands and nails thoroughly now, make sure you get all the oil residue off so your polish will adhere to your nails.
Start by getting a good sized bead of polish on your brush, get as close to your cuticle as possible and make one swipe down the center.
Repeat and fill in the left side of your nail in one stripe.
And now the right side of the nail.
Repeat! Most polishes look best with two coats.
Top with your top coat.
Be patient and let dry thoroughly! This is where the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat comes in handy. It speeds up the whole process so you can get on with your life.
Voila! Perfection! Save your money and get that cute top you've been eyeing instead. Our put it in your savings account, blah blah blah.