… It’s Easier Than You Think!
One of my most frequently asked questions is about my nails. “What color is that?”, “where do you get them done?”, or “What do you mean you do them yourself?!”. The last one is my favorite.
Now, I’m definitely not one to turn down a professional manicure and love getting them, but I can always find something else I’d rather spend $50 on… and honestly, I’ve perfected the at home manicure over the years! Also, I’ve found that if I do my manicure myself it often lasts longer than when I get it done at the salon, especially since I started using Essie’s Gel Couture line.
A few years ago I used to get gel nails done at a salon religiously every two weeks. But after a while I found out that not only do I LOVE to pick gel polish off my nails (nervous habit) but the acetone soaks and the uv lights where starting to freak me out… like I’m not 1,000% sure it’s bad for you, but I’m also positive it’s not great for you! So I started doing more at home manicures and I love it!
Today, since not only is it one of my most frequently asked questions but it also just so happens to be #NationalNailPolishDay, I thought I’d share with you my easy, step-by-step at home manicure tutorial!
Step 1. Trim & File
I trim and file my nails just about every week. They grow so fast and I like keeping them very short! I usually file my nails in a way that mimics my finger, so mostly rounded!
Step 2. Soak Nails
If I’m not doing my manicure strait out of the bath or shower, soaking your nails in warm soapy water is a MUST! You don’t have to soak them long like, 3-5 minutes, just long enough to soften your cuticles!
Step 3. Cuticle Control
Once your nails have soaked you can take the cuticle stick to push back your cuticles and then give them a trim! Trimming your cuticles can seem daunting, but it’s so simple! And with a little practice, you’ll be salon status in no-time!
Step 4. Cuticle Oil
I seriously LIVE for Cuticle Oil! It makes such a huge difference and really helps soften your nail beds and cuticles. Think of it as a moisturizer for your cuticles. I also put it on at night before bed… it really does make a huge difference!
Once you’ve applied cuticle oil and rubbed it in, take a cotton ball and swipe it over your nails to make sure you have a clean slate for the polish!
Step 5. Polish Your Nails
One of my favorite things about Essie’s Gel Couture line is that there is no base coat needed, which means faster drying times!! Who doesn’t love that?!
When it comes to painting your nails, everyone has a method, but for me, I do a stroke down the center and then a stroke on each side… and two coats at least (sometimes even three!!).
ESSIE Polish in the color “Lace Me Up”
My Favorite Polish Colors:
Once I’ve finished the painting process I then go over with a top coat in the same form: center first, then the sides! I also make sure I’m painting the tips/edges of my nails as well to seal it completely. I find that this makes a huge difference!
…. Now, dry!
I personally think the Essie Gel Couture polish dries incredibly fast and that it truly is “gel-like” when it sets. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try it out, you totally should, and know you’ll be a convert like me!
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