People often ask me where I have my nails done, and it is the best compliment for me to hear. The truth is that I always do my manicure by myself, and people’s interest proves that I am probably no that bad at it. Today, I am sharing with you my favorite nails tips and tricks and look forward to hearing yours.
#1: I rarely go without nail polish.
I noticed that I usually break my nails when I do not have any nail polish on. Thus, I always try cover my nails with a base coat, two layers of nail polish, and a top coat.
#2: I am obsessed with hand lotions.
These are real lifesavers if your skin or cuticles are dry. Thus, I always carry at least one of them in my bag and apply them every time I wash my hands. In my opinion, it doesn’t make sense to use a hand lotion if you did not pre-wash your hands. First of all, hand lotion does not absorb as quickly. Second of all, by applying hand cream on skin that was not cleaned with antibacterial soap, you are spreading bacteria all over your hands. You can find the list of my favorite hand lotions here.
#3: I take care of my cuticles.
Dry cuticles do not look or feel good, that is why I always make sure to moisturize them daily. I tried many expensive and affordable products, but the products that really make the difference for me are Vitamin E and petrolatum. I apply Vitamin E during the day, and petroleum jelly at night. When it comes to vitamin E, I usually use it before taking a shower in the morning. I apply one drop of this oil on each nail, leave it for a minute or two, and then go take my shower. After that, I usually apply hand lotion and I am ready to go. My evening cuticles routine incorporates petrolatum that I apply on each nail separately; then, I apply a thick hand lotion.
#4: It is okay to be a messy nail painter.
I am a so-so nail artist, but I mastered my monotone nail polish application. Basically, I just stopped trying to apply the nail polish perfectly. If I accidentally paint the skin around my nails, I just let it dry. Then I will just wash my hands in a very hot water and simply scrub the painted pieces of nail polish from my skin. Keep in mind that you should wait for at least an hour after you applied nail polish prior to washing your hands in hot water.
#5: My dirt-cheap secret to long-lasting nail polish.
In my opinion, the product responsible for your manicure longevity is a topcoat. I spend years on finding a perfect top coat that really makes the difference, and finally came to the conclusion that the best product on the market costs just 99 cents. It is called New York Color Minute Quick Dry, and you can find it in almost every pharmacy. Usually, I use Essie base coat (two of my favorites are Grow Stronger and Fill in the Gap!), then apply two layers of nail polish (some of my favorites are here), and then finish with the NYC top coat.
Photos by Vital Agibalow
These were my tips on how I am keeping my nails pretty. I wonder you would be interested in learning about my DIY manicure? If so, please shoot me a comment, and I will put together a tutorial for you.