Saturday Chat: A Manicure with Mileage April 18 2015, 0 Comments
Welcome to this week’s #mjsaturdaychat!
Today we are talking about how to get a lasting manicure that doesn't require going to the salon, using gel polish or UV lights.
Step 1 – Prep
Start off with clean nails.
Take off old nail polish, push back and trim cuticles.
Rub cuticle oil into nail beds.
Step 2 – Shape
Trim (if needed) and file your nails.
Step 3 – Texture
*The most important step before the polish*
Take a buffing block and only use Sides 1 and 2.
Side 1 will even out ridges that may have developed since your last manicure.
Side 2 further smooths out the nail.
The texture that this step provides is key for a lasting manicure. You do not want your nails buffed and shined or the polish will not adhere.
Step 4 – Brush
Use a nail brush to get off excess ‘nail dust’ that may be leftover from Step 3.
Dip a q-tip in nail polish remover and wipe your nails to remove cuticle oil remnants.
Step 5 – Polish
Use a high quality nail polish.
My favorite brand is Essie. It has great longevity, unlimited color range and is available at Target and drug stores.
Right now, my go-to color is Fiji. It's the perfect color for springtime and compliments any outfit.
To achieve opaqueness paint on 3 or 4 thin coats.
Wait ten minutes in between each coat.
Step 6 - Drying Spray
A few minutes after the last coat, finish with a polish drying spray.
Follow these tips to get the most mileage out of your manicure:
- Boycott bottom/top clear coats - I have found they will cause immediately chipping.
- Biotin - I have taken this nail and hair supplement for 5 years. It will make your nails grow strong.
- Regularly use cuticle oil - It instantly refreshes a manicure. I like this one from Sally Hansen.
- Use dishwashing gloves - Protect your manicure from the soap and hot water during kitchen duty.
When I follow this routine my manicure will usually last 7 to 10 days!
Thank you for stopping by for another Saturday Chat! I hope you enjoyed this manicure tutorial!
I will see you here next Saturday for another fashion and beauty chit-chat.
~Lydia, Owner of Modern Jane