There is no doubt about it, I spend a lot of time painting my nails. Whether its swatching for the blog, or just for a polish change (I get bored with the same color easily.) While my painting skills have become slightly neater over the years, they still aren’t perfect right off the bat. And believe me, when you are taking pictures of nails, the camera picks up every little flaw that you didn’t even notice before…
Yes, you could just go to a salon to get your nails done. However, a lot of people (including me) don’t have the time or money to make that possible. So, today I’m going to share my fairly simple routine to help you get a salon quality manicure at home!
Get Yer Tools:
- A cuticle softener– I love the Vanish Cuticle Remover from Julep. It works instantly and this 1 jar will last me a life time. Seriously.
- A cuticle pusher– I prefer plastic ones like these from Ulta as opposed to wooden ones which wear down quickly.
- A base coat– I have been using Julep’s Nail Therapy base coat and I really like it.
- Polish of choice– For this demo I chose Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue (the cult favorite old formula, the new one sucks don’t buy it.)
- Angled liner brush– any one will do.
- Polish Remover– My favorite is the Enriched Nail Polish Remover from Ulta, but the Target version works pretty well too.
- Tissue for wiping excess.
- Start by softening cuticles and pushing them back, scraping any excess and wiping it onto the tissue. Then wash hands with soap and water and let them dry. Tip: it’s easier to push back cuticles if you let them soak in a bowl of warm water for a couple minutes before you begin. Also, I only push back my cuticles about once a week.
- Apply your base coat and let it dry.
- Apply polish color. Start at the middle of the nail by the cuticle and make a single swipe down the center. Then do the same for the 2 sides. Don’t make too many passes, it can cause more issues once the polish starts to set (which happens very quickly in most cases.) Just do a second coat to even everything out. Let your polish dry.
- Add a top coat and let that dry. (I didn’t show this step, oops!)
- Take your polish remover and dump a little bit into the cap. Dip your angled brush into the remover and carefully run along nail and cuticle edges making short strokes. Make sure to the wipe brush off on the tissue after every pass or it will spread the color around your fingers. It may take some getting used to, but with practice it becomes a very quick process.
- When you are done all of your nails, rinse your hands to get the acetone off then apply cuticle oil or balm!
- Sit back and admire your picture perfect mani!
Hope this tutorial helps you hone your nail skills, thanks for reading!
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