Hi gals! Hope you all had a glorious weekend. My daughters 4th birthday party on Sat was a blast…she got a lot of pretty dresses (which is pretty much all she wants to wear, lol) and we got her a toy camera and some flowers so she can have her own garden! 🙂
Last week a blog buddy of mine (Michelle from Beautiful Goodies) commented on a post how she thought I was good at painting my nails and that I should do a tutorial on how (and what) I do. Thanks for the compliment and recommendation Michelle! 😀 So I thought, ok why not? It is relatively simple and may help some people and I’m all about that.
So first, lets get started with how I (try) and keep my nails in tip top shape.
– Emery Board– I use this a few times a week or whenever I feel a rough patch or “snag” on my nail tip. I’ve found that even the tiniest snag or tear can turn into something much worse and rip off a good chunk of your nail. To help prevent that you should make sure your nail edges are smooth by filing a few times a week or when changing polishes.
– Nail Clippers- I mainly use these for the little metal file. I use it to file the tight spaces between my nail and skin where a thicker emery board can’t reach. (I demonstrate in my video)
– Orange Stick (Cuticle Pusher)– Cuticle maintenance is essential in helping your nails look their best. Not only do nails look neater but they will look longer with pushed back cuticles. I push them back about once a week when I do the big clean-up. It helps to soak your nails (or at least get them wet) before pushing back cuticles. I also roll on some oil before I start to make them even softer.
– Cuticle Trimmers– Yes, I clip my cuticles. I’ve heard you shouldn’t do it because of the risk of infection, but nothing has happened to me yet so I’ll continue doing it because I like the result. (Im so rebellious!) Once you push back the cuticle with the stick, it’s all loose (and looks gross) so I clip it off. I don’t get too close to the skin though because THAT will hurt and not look nice LOL.
– Mani Cleanup Pen– This is another ESSENTIAL part to getting perfect looking manicure results. I have gotten a lot better at painting my nails so I don’t use it as much, but in the beginning it helped me tremendously! The Sally Hansen one is the best one I’ve tried (vs. the CVS brand) because the tip stays firm and lasts the longest. I also demonstrate how I get the longest possible use out of it in my video. 😉
– Cuticle Oil– Like I said I use this before pushing back my cuticles, but its also important to use it daily and before taking nail photos. (If you’re a blogger)
STEP BY STEP (DAY BY DAY) PHOTOS: (Sorry I just had to…#90skid) 😉
Thanks also to Michelle from Pretty in the East for this lovely polish! It applied like a dream and wore very well for 3 days 🙂
So, that’s pretty much it hope it was helpful. If you have any questions (or tips of your own) just leave them below!
Thanks so much for reading, have a great day! xoxo, Kristina