The theme for today’s September Beauty Blog Challenge post is hints and tips. So I thought I share my steps for a perfect manicure. I’d like to start by saying I am not a nail expert! I’m sure there are many talented nail technicians who might correct me on some of this but all I know is these steps give me the longest lasting manicure, I can get 4 days without a chip. I’ll also introduce you to my three nail secret weapons, which will now no longer be secret!
1. Clean nails
I remove all traces of any previous varnish and wash my hands. Make sure there are no traces of oil or moisturiser.
2. Shape and Buff
I have a four way buffer which I think I got in Superdrug for a few euro. I file my nails with the roughest edge. I always file them in one direction as apparently see-sawing weakens the nail. I slightly buff all the nails with the second roughest edge. I then run over the nails with nail polish remover one more time. This dehydrates the nail slightly which means the polish will last longer.
I don’t have massive cuticles but I lightly push them back with an orange stick covered in cotton wool. Try to go very lightly as you don’t want to damage them.
4. Base Coat – secret weapon number 1
I then apply one coat of base coat to all my nails. I’ll introduce you to my first secret weapon for a long lasting manicure, that’s the Essence 24/7 Base Coat. This slightly dehydrates the nail also and leaves a matte base which is perfect for applying colour!
I apply colour in very light coats. Left hand first then right. I think practice makes perfect, if you hate painting your right hand just try it loads and you’ll eventually get used to it. I always do a stripe down the middle of each nail first then either side. I always leave a tiny strip either side as the polish will always seep a little, this means you won’t get any overrun onto your cuticles. I always wipe the tips of my nails with the brush as well to prevent chipping.
6. Top Coat – secret weapon number 2
After I have done the colour and let it dry properly, I always apply a top coat. And this is my secret weapon number 2! Essence Studio Nails Better than Gel Nails Top Sealer. Now I think this is supposed to be used to put over fake nails or something but I just use it as my regular top coat. It’s a thick top coat but it dries great and just leaves your nails so shiny. I absolutely love this and am considering stocking up in case they discontinue it!
7. Nail Maintenance – secret weapon number3
I think the most important step for the perfect manicure is on-going maintenance of your hands and nails. This is where I introduce you to my final secret weapon. Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This sits at my desk and I apply it at least twice a day. This has made such a difference to my nails. I also keep a tube of Soap and Glory Hand Food at my desk and apply it as often as I think of. If I’m feeling fancy I use Elemis Pro Collagen Hand Cream!
Anyways sorry for the long post, hope you got some tips from it. I’m considering making a video of it but I’m just feeling a little camera shy at the moment! Do you have any great nail tricks that work for you?